Association for Israel Studies

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The Association for Israel Studies is a scholarly organization founded in 1985. It is open to scholars in the social sciences and humanities who study the modern state of Israel. AIS is an affiliated member organization of the Middle East Studies Association of North America. The association has about 500 members in 2017.

Political inclination[edit]

Although the association was founded by scholars dissatisfied with bias against Israel in the Middle East Studies Association, the organization is scholarly, and does not take political positions.[1]


The association has been accused of giving "center stage" to anti-Israel scholars, legitimizing their views.[2]

External links[edit]


  1. ^ The Politics of Israel Studies, by Jennifer Jacobson, Chronicle of Higher Education, June 20, 2005,
  2. ^ Academics against Israel, Oct. 19, 2005, ALEXANDER JOFFE and ASAF ROMIROWSKY, THE JERUSALEM POST [1][permanent dead link]