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SOAS scholar wins Gold Medal in Washington Institute Book Prize for book on the Israeli Right

9 December 2016

Emeritus Professor Colin Shindler has been awarded the gold medal in The Washington Institute's 2016 Book Prize competition for his work The Rise of the Israeli Right: From Odessa to Hebron.

Professor Shindler’s work explores the development of the Israeli Right from the birth of Zionism in cosmopolitan Odessa in the nineteenth century to today’s Hebron, a centre of radical Jewish nationalism.

In its gold prize commendation, the judges wrote: "Colin Shindler's The Rise of the Israeli Right expertly traces the evolution of this stream of the Zionist movement from the work of Ze'ev Jabotinsky in the early 20th century to its role as the dominant force in Israeli politics today. This myth-defying book describes the many contradictions that have characterized the Israeli Right – its liberalism and militancy, pragmatism and idealism. The Rise of the Israeli Right is indispensable to any nuanced understanding of the Right today, and why its hold on power now appears unshakable."

Now in its ninth year, the Washington Institute Book Prize is awarded annually to new books that have illuminated the Middle East for American readers.

The Rise of the Israeli Right: From Odessa to Hebron is published by Cambridge University Press.