The Melting Pot in Israel: The Commission of Inquiry Concerning the Education of Immigrant Children During the Early Years of the State [NOOK Book]

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This volume combines a translation of substantial portions of one of the most important documents in the early history of Israel-the government commission of inquiry concerning education in the immigrant camps, appointed in 1950-with analysis of the ensuing public debates and repercussions, and their meaning for Israeli society today. Using extensive historical research, Zameret traces the development of political and social processes in the early years of Israel's existence and points to their far-reaching and ...
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The Melting Pot in Israel: The Commission of Inquiry Concerning the Education of Immigrant Children During the Early Years of the State

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Overview

This volume combines a translation of substantial portions of one of the most important documents in the early history of Israel-the government commission of inquiry concerning education in the immigrant camps, appointed in 1950-with analysis of the ensuing public debates and repercussions, and their meaning for Israeli society today. Using extensive historical research, Zameret traces the development of political and social processes in the early years of Israel's existence and points to their far-reaching and decisive implications for contemporary Israeli society, including the rise of Shas, the political party created by ultra-Orthodox Oriental Jews.
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An extremely useful source for the study of the relationship between education, politics, and society in modern Israel. Zameret's informative contextualization of the Frumkin Commission Report, as well as the text of the report itself, throws new light on the ethnic and religious tensions that threaten today's Israel no less than war or terrorism.— Derek J. Penslar, author of Shylock's Children: Economics and Jewish Identity in Modern Europe

"There passed before my eyes an entire period of time, whose memory I had relegated to a back, obscure corner of my mind, where it was almost forgotten. And when, in the wake of reading The Melting Pot in Israel, I again remembered it, it was not at all bright, but rather ugly and cloudy."— Aharon Megged, author of The Story of Selvino's Children: Journey to the Promised Land"
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780791489222
  • Publisher: State University of New York Press
  • Publication date: 9/18/2009
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • File size: 930 KB

Meet the Author

Zvi Zameret is Director of Yad Izhak Ben-Zvi in Jerusalem. In addition to the Hebrew version of this book, he has published, in Hebrew, Across a Narrow Bridge: Shaping the Education System During the Great Aliya.

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Table of Contents

Abbreviations
Preface
Introduction 3
Early Incidents of Religious-Secular Conflict 7
Absorption of Mass Immigration in the Early Years: Facts and Figures 15
Why Was a Government Commission of Inquiry Appointed? 19
The Composition of the Commission of Inquiry 41
Ben-Gurion's Stand on the Education of Immigrant Children 47
Attitudes of Various Parties toward the Commission of Inquiry 59
Uniform Education in the Immigrant Camps and the Religious Workers Stream 65
Political Developments during the Course of the Commission's Investigation 79
The Culture Department's Objections to the Commission's Conclusions 89
Reactions to the Frumkin Report: Government, Knesset, Histadrut 101
Comments on the Procedures and Conclusions of the Frumkin Commission 123
The Decision to Introduce a State Educational System (1953) 137
Shas - The Party Whose Roots Lie in the Anti-Religious Coercion of Israel's First Years 145
Summing Up: Israel - From "Melting Pot" to Pluralistic State 155
Report of the Commission of Inquiry Concerning Education in the Immigrant Camps 191
Introduction: Appointment, Authority, and Procedures of the Commission 193
The General Background 197
The Immigrant Camps 233
Specific Accusations 237
Accusations in the Press 269
Sources of Propaganda Abroad 275
Conclusions 287
Addendum: List of Witnesses Who Testified before the Commission 293
Glossary of Hebrew Terms 301
Select Biographies 306
Bibliography 321
Index 329
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