Israel and Africa critically examines the ways in which Africa – as a geopolitical entity - is socially manufactured, collectively imagined but also culturally denied in Israeli politics. Its unique exploration of moral geography and its comprehensive, interdisciplinary research on the two countries offers new perspectives on Israeli history and society.

Through a genealogical investigation of the relationships between Israel and Africa, this book sheds light on the processes of nationalism, development and modernization, exploring Africa’s role as an instrument in the constant re-shaping of Zionism. Through looking at "Israel in Africa" as well as "Africa in Israel", it provides insightful analysis on the demarcation of Israel's ethnic boundaries and identity formation as well as proposing the different practices, from architectural influences to the arms trade, that have formed the geopolitical concept of "Africa". It is through these practices that Israel reproduces its internal racial and ethnic boundaries and spaces, contributing to its geographical imagination as detached not solely from the Middle East but also from its African connections.

This book would be of interest to students and scholars of Middle East and Jewish Studies, as well as Post-colonial Studies, Geography and Architectural History.

chapter |16 pages


Family album

part I|40 pages

Israel in Africa

chapter 1|18 pages

Africa's decade

chapter 2|20 pages

The architecture of foreign policy

part II|52 pages

Africa in Israel

chapter 3|18 pages

Consuming, reading, imagining

chapter 4|14 pages

North Africa in Israel

chapter 5|18 pages

The racialization of space

part III|20 pages

Israel in Africa II

chapter 6|13 pages

Back to Africa

chapter |5 pages