Omri Tubi Lectures on the Transnational Roots of the Jewish State and Malaria Eradication

Omri Tubi, the 2017 Martin and Rhoda Safer / JDC Archives Fellow, gave his public lecture, “The Transnational Roots of the Jewish State: What Can Malaria Eradication Teach Us about the History of Israel?” Focusing on malaria eradication in Mandatory Palestine, this lecture examined the global and transnational dynamics that influenced Jewish state-formation. Malaria was a major problem, which threatened to undermine Zionist goals, such as immigration and settlement, given the high morbidity rates that made early settlements barely able to sustain themselves. Tubi discussed the dynamics of scientific knowledge that was implemented in Palestine as well as the logic that dominated the organization of antimalarial activities to show how these were imported to the country from various other places including the United States, Panama, and India.

Omri Tubi is a PhD candidate in the Sociology Department at Northwestern University. His research in the JDC Archives focused on the relationship between public health campaigns and state-formation in Mandatory Palestine.

The JDC Archives Fellowships allow scholars engaged in graduate level, post-doctoral, or independent study to conduct research in the JDC Archives, either in New York or Jerusalem. All fellows give a public presentation on their research; watch more of these JDC fellowship lectures here.