First Professor of Israeli Studies in the UK, School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London.
BSc (Leicester), MSc (North London), PhD (Middlesex)
As a former chemistry lecturer, Colin Shindler knows all about explosive situations. His new appointment could certainly be construed as such. Shindler has just been made the country’s first-ever Professor of Israeli Studies at London University’s School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), the college with the reputation of being the most hostile anti-Israel campus in the UK.
The Palestinian Society at SOAS is the only one in the country run by a professional organiser and has held anti-Zionist events, including an Israel Apartheid Week. Meanwhile, posters advertising Shindler’s book, What do Zionists Believe?, were daubed with swastikas.
Shindler is well aware of the hostility from a section of students and from lecturers, many of whom are aligned with the far-left Socialist Workers Party. But he says he has encountered no antisemitism in the years he has already worked there. Indeed, students are literally queuing up to take his courses.
In the calm of his north London living room, where the only disturbances come courtesy of his baby granddaughter, Shindler recalls his first lecture of the new term, two weeks ago. “When you walk in for your first lecture, you never know how many people are going to be there. This autumn there were people sitting on the floor and outside in the corridor. I’m desperately trying to find a bigger room.”
There was pressure on me to cancel my lectures on Tel Aviv. There was intimidation
Although some Jewish students have reportedly been put off attending SOAS by the anti-Israel atmosphere, plenty do enrol. But the Israeli studies course is by no mean exclusively Jewish.
Shindler explains: “People come to this college and to the course from the developing world, and many of them are from Arab and Muslim countries. A lot of them come with their views about Israel pre-determined.”
Prof. Colin Shindler – The Road to Utopia, The Origins of Anti-Zionism on the British Left
Shindler, Colin (2014) The Rise of the Israeli Right. Cambridge University Press. (Forthcoming)
Shindler, Colin (2012) Israel and the European Left: Between Solidarity and Delegitimisation. New York: Continuum.
Shindler, Colin (2010) The Triumph of Military Zionism. Nationalism and the Origins of the Israeli Right. London: I.B. Tauris.
Shindler, Colin (2008) A History of Modern Israel. Cambridge University Press.
Shindler, Colin (2007) What Do Zionists Believe? London: Granta Books.
Shindler, Colin (2002) The Land Beyond Promise: Israel, Likud and the Zionist Dream. I.B. Tauris.
Shindler, Colin (1995) Israel, Likud and the Zionist Dream: Power, Politics and Ideology from Begin to Netanyahu. IB Tauris.
Shindler, Colin (1991) Ploughshares into Swords? Israelis and Jews in the Shadow of the Intifada. I.B. Tauris.
Shindler, Colin (1978) Exit Visa: Détente, Human Rights and the Jewish Emigration Movement in the USSR. Bachman & Turner.
Shindler, Colin, ed. (2013) Israel and the World Powers: Diplomatic Alliances and International Relations Beyond the Middle East. I. B. Tauris. (Library of International Relations) (In Press)
Shindler, Colin (2013) ‘Zionism.’ In: The Routledge Companion to the Israel-Palestine Conflict. Routledge. (Forthcoming)
Shindler, Colin (2012) ‘Essay on Israel.’ In: The Histories of the World. Thames and Hudson. (Forthcoming)
Shindler, Colin (2007) ‘The Place of Israel in British Jewish Identity.’ In: Ben-Moshe, Danny and Segev, Zohar, (eds.), Israel, the Diaspora and Jewish Identity. London: Sussex Academic Press.
Shindler, Colin (2003) ‘The “Thunderer” and the Coming of the Shoah: 1933-1942.’ In: Shapiro, R. M., (ed.), Why Didn’t the Press Shout? American and International Journalism During the Holocaust. Yeshiva University Press & KTAV Publishing House, pp. 151-173.
Shindler, Colin (2003) ‘Reading The Guardian: Jews, Israel-Palestine and the Origins of Irritation.’ In: Parfitt, T. and Egorova, Y., (eds.), Jews, Muslims and Mass Media. London: Routledge Curzon, pp. 157-177.
Shindler, Colin (2002) ‘Likud and the Search for Eretz Israel: From the Bible to the Twenty First Century.’ In: Karsh, E, (ed.), Israel: The First Hundred Years Vol III Israeli Politics and Society Since 1948 Problems of Collective Identity. Frank Cass, pp. 91-117.
Shindler, Colin (2001) ‘The View from the Right: From Jabotinsky to Netanyahu.’ In: Greenspoon, Leonard J. and Simkins, Ronald A., (eds.), Studies in Jewish Civilization Volume 11: “A Land Flowing With Milk an Honey” Visions of Israel from Biblical to Modern Times. P. Creighton University Press, pp. 297-317.
Shindler, Colin (2000) ‘London; Meir Kahane.’ In: Terry, M, (ed.), Reader’s Guide to Judaism. Fitzroy Dearborn, 333-334; 381-382.
Shindler, Colin (2009) ‘Opposing Partition: the Zionist Predicaments after the Shoah.’ Israel Studies, 14 (2). pp. 88-104.
Shindler, Colin (2005) ‘Modèles pour les radicaux: Nationalisme et les origins de la droite israélienne.’ Revue Européenne de Études Hébraïques (11). pp. 63-83.
Shindler, Colin (2005) ‘The Assassination of Rabin: Attempting to Nullify Oslo.’ Striving for Peace: The Legacy of Yitzhak Rabin . pp. 53-58.
Shindler, Colin (2004) ‘The Israeli Barrier.’ Royal United Services Institute for Defence Studies Newsbrief, 24 (3).
Shindler, Colin (2003) ‘The Israeli Election: Sharon as the Status Quo.’ Royal United Services Institute for Defence Studies Newsletter, vol.23 . pp. 3-5.
Shindler, Colin (2002) ‘Jabotinsky and Ukrainian Nationalism: A Reinterpretation.’ East European Jewish Affairs, vol. 3 . pp. 122-131.
Shindler, Colin (2002) ‘Likud and the Search for Eretz Israel: From the Bible to the Twenty First Century.’ Israel Affairs, vol. 8 . pp. 91-117.
Shindler, Colin (2001) ‘Vladimir Jabotinsky and Ukrainian Nationalism: A Reinterpretation.’ East European Jewish Affairs, 31 (2). pp. 122-131.
Shindler, Colin (2000) ‘Likud and the Christian Dispensationalists: A Symbiotic Relationship.’ Israel Studies, vol. 5 . pp. 153-182.
Shindler, Colin (1999) ‘Barak, the Election and the Wye Agreement.’ International Institute for Strategic Studies: Strategic Comments, vol. 5 .
Shindler, Colin (1999) ‘The PLO in the World Order.’ Terrorism and Political Violence, 11 no. . pp. 151-160.
Conference or Workshop Items
Shindler, Colin (2002) Vladimir Jabotinsky, the Baltic States and the Legacy of Revisionist Zionism. In: Jews in a Changing World, 20-22 November 2001, The University of Latvia (Riga).
Shindler, Colin (2009) ‘Review of ‘Hamas vs Fatah: The Struggle for Palestine’ by Jonathan Schanzer.’ Asian Affairs, 11 (2).
Shindler, Colin (2009) ‘Review of ‘Yigal Allon, Native Son: A Biography by Anita Shapira’. Translated by Evelyn Abel.’ Middle Eastern Studies, 45 (1). pp. 149-153.
Shindler, Colin (2009) ‘Review of ‘A History of Palestine: From the Ottoman Conquest to the Founding of the State of Israel’ by Gudrun Krämer.’ Journal of Israeli History, 28 (1). pp. 79-83.
Shindler, Colin (2008) ‘Review of Giora Goldberg, ‘Ben-Gurion against the Knesset’.’ International Journal of Middle East Studies, 40 (1). pp. 152-154.
Shindler, Colin (2003) ‘The New Israel: Peacemaking and Liberalisation.’ Political Studies, 50 (5).
Shindler, Colin (2002) ‘Exile from Exile: Israeli Writers from Iraq.’ Bulletin of the Royal Institute for Inter-Faith Studies, 2 (2).
Shindler, Colin (2009) ‘Tel Aviv at 100: A Short Walk to Modernity.’ In: The Jewish Year Book 2009. Edgware: Vallentine Mitchell.
Shindler, Colin (2000) ‘Meir Kahane; London.’ New York: The Reader’s Guide to Judaism / ed. Dr Michael Terry , Jewish Theological Seminary.