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Statement from the UCLA Y&S Nazarian Center on the Unfolding Israel–Hamas War 

The UCLA Y&S Nazarian Center for Israel Studies unequivocally condemns the horrific terrorist attack that Hamas carried out in Israel on Saturday, October 7, and the abduction of many civilians, including children and elderly people. We express our deepest condolences to those who have lost family and friends, which includes our own colleagues in the Israel Studies academic community. We also mourn the deaths of civilians in the Gaza Strip. During this dark time, we believe that education is all the more important. To that end, we are working to provide information and expert analysis on the Israel-Hamas war to the UCLA campus, the local community, and to everyone around the world who is witnessing the unfolding war.


A statement from Center Director, Professor Dov Waxman, about the war, campus protests, and the Center's mission. Read here.


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New Podcast Episode

Professor Avraham Sela discusses how the tactics and strategies of Hamas have shifted since its establishment.

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Israel's War With Hamas: What Lies Ahead?

An urgent, virtual discussion and Q&A on what comes next for Israel, Palestinians, and the wider region.

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Scholar Articles & Interviews

This list of articles and media interviews featuring Nazarian Center scholars has been compiled as a resource for understanding the Israel–Hamas War.


"Israel in Depth" Podcast Ep. 22
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How Has Hamas Changed? Shifting Tactics and Strategies | Professor Avraham Sela

In this season of Israel In Depth, host and Director of the UCLA Y&S Nazarian Center, Professor Dov Waxman, will discuss various facets of the unfolding Israel–Hamas War with a range of experts across disciplines......

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The Next Generation: Changing Attitudes Towards Israel Among Younger Americans (Part 1)

This event was the first in a three-part series examining the attitudes of young people in the United States towards Israel....


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LA Times Publishes Op-ed by Nazarian Center Undergraduate Fellow

The piece, written by Rachel Burnett, is titled "Let students speak for themselves on Israel and Hamas. We don't need outside groups to doxx or threaten anyone."


Center Director Interviewed by The Conversation U.S. About Israel's Democracy Protests

Monday, August 21: In an article titled "Israel's democracy protests: What happens next?" UCLA Nazarian Center director Professor Dov Waxman was interviewed for The Conversation U.S. about the future of Israel's democracy protests and the Netanyahu government's continued efforts to erode the power of the country's Supreme Court. Read the Interview Here.

The Center's Sigman Graduate Fellow Publishes Article in The Tel Aviv Review of Books

Monday, August 14: "The Constants and Variables of a Special Relationship," an article sponsored by the Center and written by the Center's 2023/24 Harry C. Sigman Graduate Fellow Joshua Goetz, was published by The Tel Aviv Review of Books. Read the Article.

Dr. Hofnung Interviewed on Fox News About Israeli Protests After Judicial Overhaul Bill is Passed

Tuesday, July 25: The Center's Israel Institute Teaching Fellow, Dr. Tamar Hofnung, was interviewed on Fox News about the protests sweeping across Israel, which have intensified after the Netanyahu government's first judicial overhaul bill was passed by the Knesset on July 24th. Watch the interview.


Welcome to the Y&S Nazarian Center for Israel Studies at UCLA. Israel is a small country that looms large in public and academic discourse. The passions it evokes often present obstacles to nuanced analysis and civil discussion. Understanding the complexities of modern Israel requires knowledge from many academic disciplines and an awareness of multiple viewpoints and narratives. Through a commitment to academic rigor, interdisciplinary teaching and scholarship, and... (read more) 


The Center Mourns the Passing of Renowned Israeli Political Scientist Shlomo Avineri
Learn about Shlomo Avineri's life and legacy.

Watch his keynote lecture for the Center's series exploring the state of democracy in Israel.

The Center Publishes its 2022–23 Newsletter
Our newly published newsletter summarizes the Center's impressive range of programs & podcast episodes, research achievements, sponsored UCLA courses, new developments, and media presence throughout the 2022–23 Academic Year. Click Here to Read & Download.

Postdoctoral Fellow Dr. Stein's Dissertation Receives Honorable Mention from ISA
We would like to congratulate the Center's Postdoctoral Fellow Dr. Elizabeth Stein for receiving an Honorable Mention for her dissertation, "Pushback Organizations: Cohesion and Division among Jews in the United States, France, and Canada", for the International Studies Association (ISA) inaugural Mark Juergensmeyer Best Dissertation Award (REL)!

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