Tamar Meisels

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Tamar Meisels
Alma mater Tel Aviv University (B.A., L.L.B., and M.A.); Balliol College, Oxford University (Ph.D in Political Theory, 2000)
Occupation Professor of Government and Policy; political theorist
Employer Tel Aviv University
Notable work The Trouble with Terror: Liberty, Security and the Response to Terrorism (Cambridge University Press 2008)

Tamar Meisels is a Professor of Government and Policy in the Department of Political Science at Tel Aviv University, and a political theorist.[1][2][3][4]


She is the daughter of Andrew Meisels, who was a foreign correspondent, author, and broadcaster, and Martha Meisels, a consumer affairs reporter for the Jerusalem Post.[5][6][7]

She earned a B.A., L.L.B., and M.A. at Tel Aviv University, and a Ph.D in Political Theory at Balliol College, Oxford University, in 2000.[8] She works on the political theory of territorial rights, liberal nationalism, and the philosophical questions surrounding war and terrorism.[9]

Meisels is known for advocating a consistent and strict definition of terrorism, which she defines as "the intentional random murder of defenseless non-combatants, with the intent of instilling fear of mortal danger amidst a civilian population as a strategy designed to advance political ends."[10]

She has written on the complexities of applying international law to terrorists, who are neither soldiers nor civilians.[11]

Select works[edit]




  1. ^ Avery Plaw (2008). Targeting terrorists: a license to kill?. Ashgate Publishing, Ltd. Retrieved October 21, 2010. 
  2. ^ Daniel A. Bell, Avner De-Shalit (2003). Forms of justice: critical perspectives on David Miller's political philosophy. Rowman & Littlefield. Retrieved October 21, 2010. 
  3. ^ Mark Bevir (2010). Encyclopedia of Political Theory. SAGE. Retrieved October 21, 2010. 
  4. ^ "The Trouble with Terror: The Apologetics of Terrorism–a Refutation". Terrorism and Political Violence. September 2006. Retrieved October 21, 2010. 
  5. ^ Bushinsky, Jay (April 16, 1997). "Andrew Meisels dies at 64". The Jerusalem Post. Retrieved October 21, 2010. 
  6. ^ "'Post' columnist Martha Meisels dies at 57". The Jerusalem Post. July 26, 1995. Retrieved October 21, 2010. 
  7. ^ http://nl.newsbank.com/nl-search/we/Archives?p_product=WT&p_theme=wt&p_action=search&p_maxdocs=200&p_topdoc=1&p_text_direct-0=0EB0F26F030D50E4&p_field_direct-0=document_id&p_perpage=10&p_sort=YMD_date:D&s_trackval=GooglePM.  Missing or empty |title= (help)
  8. ^ Hubert J. Cloke (June 30, 2010). "Faculty". Bulletin.georgetown.edu. Retrieved October 21, 2010. 
  9. ^ "Do Israeli jails prepare prisoners for peace?", Josh Spiro, Jewish Post
  10. ^ "The Trouble with Terror: The Apologetics of Terrorism—a Refutation", Tamar Meisels, Terrorism and Political Violence, Volume 18, Issue 3, September 2006, pp. 465–83
  11. ^ "Targeted Killing", Alia Brahimi, Oxford Leverhulme Programme on the Changing Character of War, February 10, 2009