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Title Grasping land : space and place in contemporary Israeli discourse and experience / edited by Eyal Ben-Ari and Yoram Bilu.
Imprint Albany : State University of New York Press, 1997.

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Series SUNY series in anthropology and Judaic studies
SUNY series in anthropology and Judaic studies.
Subject National characteristics, Israeli.
Jewish shrines -- Israel.
Sacred space -- Israel.
Land use -- Israel.
Alt Name Ben-Ari, Eyal, 1953-
Bilu, Yoram.
Description 1 online resource (viii, 246 pages) : maps.
Bibliography Note Includes bibliographical references and index.
Contents To Morocco and back : tourism and pilgrimage among Morocca-born Israelis / Andre Levy -- Gravesites and memorials of Libyan Jews : alternative versions of the sacralization of space in Judaism / Harvey E. Goldberg -- Saints' sanctuaries in Israeli development towns : on a mechanism of urban transformation / Eyal Ben-Ari and Yoram Bilu -- The presence of absence : the memorialism of national death in Israel / Don Handelman and Lea Shamgar-Handelman -- Tiyul (Hike) as an act of consecration of space / Orit Ben-David -- Remaking place : cultural production in Israeli pioneer settlement museums / Tamar Katriel -- In and out of territory / Dan Rabinowitz -- The double site of Israel / Zali Gurevitch -- A response from New York : return of the repressed? / Jonathan Boyarin -- Epilogue (Three years later) / Yoram Bilu and Eyal Ben-Ari.
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Summary Annotation Nine essays, a substantial introduction, and a brief postscript explore the construction of what has been called the Holy Land, Eretz Israel, Zion, Palestine, and Israel, focusing on how landscapes figure into the creation and recreation of the identity, presence, and history of groups living there. Critiques some assumptions of Zionism by examining such phenomena as pilgrimages by Israelis to their native lands abroad, the establishment of Jewish saints' tombs in Israel, the design of Kibbutz museums, country hikes, and conceptions of territory in mixed Jewish-Arab communities. Annotation copyright by Book News, Inc., Portland, OR.
ISBN 0585092850 (electronic bk.)
9780585092850 (electronic bk.)
9780791432174 (alk. paper)
0791432173 (alk. paper)
9780791432181 (pbk. ; alk. paper)
0791432181 (pbk. ; alk. paper)
ISBN/ISSN 9780791432174
OCLC # 42856501
Additional Format Print version: Grasping land. Albany : State University of New York Press, 1997 0791432173 (DLC) 96015390 (OCoLC)34514028
Table of Contents
 Introduction / Eyal Ben-Ari, Yoram Bilu1
1To Morocco and Back: Tourism and Pilgrimage among Moroccan-Born Israelis / Andre Levy25
2Gravesites and Memorials of Libyan Jews: Alternative Versions of the Sacralization of Space in Judaism / Harvey E. Goldberg47
3Saints' Sanctuaries in Israeli Development Towns: On a Mechanism of Urban Transformation / Eyal Ben-Ari, Yoram Bilu61
4The Presence of Absence: The Memorialism of National Death in Israel / Don Handelman, Lea Shamgar-Handelman85
5Tiyul (Hike) as an Act of Consecration of Space / Orit Ben-David129
6Remaking Place: Cultural Production in Israeli Pioneer Settlement Museums / Tamar Katriel147
7In and Out of Territory / Dan Rabinowitz177
8The Double Site of Israel / Zali Gurevitch203
9A Response from New York: Return of the Repressed? / Jonathan Boyarin217
 Epilogue (Three Years Later) / Yoram Bilu, Eyal Ben-Ari231

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