Friendship and Politics: An Arendtian Proposition

Idith Zertal is professor of Contemporary History and Senior Researcher at the Institute for Jewish Studies at the University of Basel. She is the author of many books and articles on Jewish, Zionist and Israeli history. Her works include From Catastrophe to Power, Holocaust Survivors and the Emergence of Israel (1998); Lords of the Land: The War Over Israel’s Settlements in the Occupied Territories, 1967-2007 (co-authored with Akiva Eldar, 2007); and Israel’s Holocaust and the Politics of Nationhood which has been published since 2002 in eight languages. In the last ten years Idith Zertal has written extensively on Hannah Arendt’s political thought. In 2005 she co-edited and co-authored A Half Century of Polemics, a collection of essays on Arendt by Israeli scholars. Zertal’s annotated translation into Hebrew of Arendt’s The Origins of Totalitarianism was published in 2010.

There are no assigned readings aside from the suggestion to be familiar with her new book, Israel’s Holocaust and the Politics of Nationhood Cambridge UP, new paperback edition 2010.