By Eyal Ben-Ari

This quantity explores quite a few strategies linked to developing what has variously been known as "The Holy Land," "Eretz Israel," "Zion," Palestine," or "Israel". The members specialize in methods the landscapes of Israel determine in developing and recreating the id, presence, and historical past of teams dwelling there. The e-book opinions the assumptions mendacity on the base of assorted spatial practices relating to Zionism. It does this via either a theoretical exam and a spotlight on hitherto little explored phenomena akin to pilgrimages of Israelis to their (or their relatives') local lands overseas, the institution of Jewish saints' tombs in Israel, the layout of Kibbutz museums, kingdom hikes, and conceptions of territory in combined (Jewish-Arab) groups.

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30 Andre Levy The massive immigration of the 1950s put the continuity of hagiolatric traditions among the Moroccan newcomers in jeopardy. This threat was created by the fact that the saints' sanctuaries had been left behind, remote and inaccessible, as well as by the traumatic encounter with the modern secular cosmology of mainstream Israeli society with its hegemonic and homogenizing melting pot ideology. Indeed, the cultural shock felt by the newcomers, amplified by cultural supression on the part of the absorbing agencies, contributed to the general diminution and decentralization of the hillulot in the first years after aliya (Ben-Ami 1984; Deshen 1977).

My deepfelt thanks to Professor Yoram Bilu and Professor Harvey Goldberg for their help and devoted guidance. I would like also to express my gratitude to Professor Eyal Ben-Ari for his help. NOTES 1. , Bennett 1975; Colburn and Pozzetta 1979; and Gans 1979. 2. The semilegitimate nature of the tours to Morocco (no formal dipiomatic relations exist between the two states) and the frequent crises between Israel and her Arab neighbors made exact figures unavailable. Since 1989 even non-Moroccan-born Israelis can visit Morocco, although in organized tours only.

Bilu, Yoram, and Eyal Ben-Ari. 1992. The Making of Modern Saints: Manufactured Charisma and the Abu-Hatseiras of Israel. American Ethnologist 19(4):672-87. Birenbaum-Carmeli, Daphna. 1994. A Good Place in the Middle: A Residential Area as a Means of Constructing Class Identity. D. dissertation submitted to the Department of Sociology and Anthropology, Hebrew University of Jerusalem. Boyarin, Jonathan. 1991a. Space, Time and the Politics of Memory. Center for Studies of Social Change, Ms. - - - .

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