Bernard Avishai (b: 1949), born Shaicovitch, first arrived in Israel from Canada as an enthusiastic young visitor after the 1967 war. Later he "made Aliyah," i.e., decided to emigrate, and even joined a kibbutz. There he and his wife discovered the people were strangers to them, "fine people but not our own." The birth of their first son, instead of launching them into the subtleties of purchasing disposable diapers in Israel, made them "reexamine the normative justification of Zionism." Eventually, realizing that their sabra son was growing up a Hebrew-speaking creature alien to them, they packed and went home to Canada.
Avishai is a visiting professor at Duke University, wher he teaches business and public policy. Previously, he ws professor of business and politics at the Interdisciplinary Center, Herzliya, where was Dean of the Raphael Recanati International School and Director of the Zell Entrepreneurship Program. He has written articles on Israeli affairs and intellectual history in such publications as The New Yorker, The New York Review of Books, The New York Times, The American Scholar, and others. His article "Israel's Future: Brainpower, High Tech--and Peace," published in Harvard Business Review in 1991, was among the first to recognize the potential of Israel's knowledge economy and its links to the peace process. He was awarded the John Simon Guggenheim Foundation Fellowship in 1987 for his work on Arthur Koestler.
Avishai is also a well-known analysts of advanced management issues. Before joining IDC, he was International Director of Intellectual Capital at KPMG LLP, and was the founding chairman of the Lunar Society, Boston's premier society of knowledge management entrepreneurs, consultants and academics. From 1992-96, he was head of product development at Monitor Company. He is the author, among many publications on intellectual capital, of "Motorola in China: The Duties of the Global Economy" (Motorola University Press), which traces the course of the company's entry strategy in the PRC. From 1986 to 1991, Avishai was production and technology editor of Harvard Business Review, where he edited over 60 articles on quality management, technology strategy, and corporate learning. He is the author of many essays and op-ed articles on intellectual capital and corporate education in the HBR, Fortune, Fast Company, and other publications. His article, "What is Business's Social Compact," was published in HBR in 1994.
Avishai holds a Ph.D. in political economy from the University of Toronto, and a B.A. (Honors) in history from McGill. His has taught the humanities at MIT and was Visiting Professor in the Honors College at Adelphi University. He is married to Hebrew University professor Sidra DeKoven Ezrahi, and they (used to?) divide their time between Jerusalem and Wilmot, New Hampshire.
Rania Khalek reports (19 May 2015):
It is true that The Nation has staunchly opposed Israel's occupation for decades. And the magazine does occasionally publish anti-Zionist critiques of Israel that identify Zionism as a toxic settler-colonial ideology underpinning the ethnic cleansing of Palestinians.
But it also provides a platform for anti-Palestinian bigots and Nakba revisionists to absolve Zionism of responsibility for fueling Israel's ongoing dispossession of Palestinians. In a recent print feature for The Nation, liberal Israeli Zionist Bernard Avishai, who lives in the stolen home of a Palestinian expelled in 1948, attributed the premeditated mass expulsion of 50,000 Palestinians from Lydd and Ramla during the Nakba to "the fog of war" and labeled David Ben-Gurion, an architect of Palestine's ethnic cleansing, an "admirably pragmatic" leader.The Nation, as far as I can tell, does not publish Holocaust revisionism. Why is Nakba revisionism any less repulsive?