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International Journal of Martial Arts - Vol. 7

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International Journal of Martial Arts - Vol. 7, pp. 10-19
Abbreviation: injoma
ISSN: 2287-8599 (Online)
Online publication date 25 Mar 2021
Received 27 Aug 2020 Accepted 20 Feb 2021

Should the State of Israel pursue Krav Maga as an intangible cultural heritage of the Jewish people? History and politics say yes.
Guy Mora ; Andrea Molleb
aPh.D., Israeli College of Sport (
bAssistant Professor of Political Science and Research Associate, Institute for the Study of Religion, Economics and Society (


Krav Maga (‘contact combat’) is an Israeli combat discipline arguably one of the many intangible cultural heritages of Israel and the Jewish people. It has played a unique role in the (re)creation and preservation of the Jewish identity and the formation of the state of Israel.

Recently we observe a growing academic literature debating the role of martial arts in international affairs and domestic political processes. It is the scope of this paper to contribute to this proposing a framework for understanding Krav-Maga as a means of cultural diplomacy as seen in other nations.

Keywords: Krav-Maga, cultural diplomacy, martial arts, self-defense

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