The Herzl Institute for the Study of Zionism was founded as an academic research center at the University of Haifa at the initiative and with the support of Dr. Reuben Hecht. Since its establishment the Institute has initiated, assisted and directed research on Zionism and the political, cultural and social history of the Return to Zion and the State of Israel. Additionally, the Institute explores issues pertaining to the dynamics of modern nationalism and Israel's national identity.

The Herzl Institute supports and directs academic research on diverse aspects of Zionism as a political idea and historical process and on the State of Israel as a Jewish homeland. The Herzl Institute publishes its findings through books, monographs and documents. It holds seminars, conferences and workshops and cultivates cooperation with scholars and organizations in Israel and abroad to promote the study of Zionism and the State of Israel.





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Visit of the Ambassador of Italy to Israel at the exhibition "En Route" in the University of Haifa









arnongolanThe UN partition plan from November 29, 1947 allocated a long narrow strip along the seashore of British Mandate Palestine for the proscribed Arab state. The fighting in the 1948 warleft the southern part of the strip in Egyptian hands. The bounds of this area, renowned as the Gaza Strip were set in the 1949 armistice agreement that ended the 1948 war in the Egyptian-Israeli front, and finally demarcated on February 1950. More


lehislegacyThe book examines the tumultuous controversy among Lehi members about the legacy of the organization in which they operated. The long-running controversy between the right-wing branch in Lehi, represented by Dr. Israel Eldad, and the left-wing branch represented by Natan Yalin-Mor, has intensified over the years due to the political directions the two have taken. More



 gruweisweitzThe collection of the articles deal with the following issues: Individuals in Hebrew mobilized during Mandate Period; Gideon Mer fight against malaria; Levi Eshkol and the Jewish Settlement (1926-1952); Joseph Weitz and the Israeli forest; The Zionist Settlement in the films; More




The book Clandestine Immigration from Italy 1945-1948: Immigration, Diplomacy and Human Rights focuses on the dramatic struggle of the Mossad for clandestine immigration to send ships from the Italian shores to British Mandate Palestine. It presents the diplomatic negotiations and conflicts between Britain and Italy together with the human story of the immigrants and the Mossad and Palyam emissaries. More


halperinMichael Halperin intrigued his contemporaries, the early pioneers of the 1st and 2nd Aliyah, excited some and inspired them all. Following his death, his memory was called upon to become a central figure for the two fundamental movements in the Jewish Yishuv, the Zionist Movement, and subsequently the State of Israel - the Labor Movement and the Revisionist Movement, to establish a sense of legitimacy for both. More



The book One Trauma, Two Perspectives, Three Years focuses on the three years following World War II, in which prominent Jewish organizations in the United States and Eretz-Israel launched a worldwide media campaign for the rehabilitation and resettlement of Holocaust survivors. More



mitzuvpicThe book comprises six chapters dealing with the history of public commemoration and national memory in pre-state and independent Israel. The first chapter offers insights into Zikharon and Ed (witness) in Biblical Hebrew. More


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Herzl's Legacy

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