lundi, 12 avril 2021
I 18:00 h I Online
Arab Citizens in the Jewish State of Israel
Herbert Samuel Professor em. of Political Science, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem; Senior Fellow, Van Leer Institute, Jerusalem
Director, Vienna School of International Studies
President, Center for Israel Studies Vienna
Israel’s Declaration of Independence proclaims full equality for all Israel’s citizens and calls upon members of the Arab nation “to participate in the upbuilding of the State on the basis of full and equal citizenship and due representation in all its provisional and permanent institutions.” This solemn pledge has not been kept. Nevertheless, the growing pluralism of the political system has strengthened the foothold of Arabs in Israeli society and politics.
The situation of the Arab community in Israel is still dire. The tenuous relationship between Jews and Arabs is under constant pressure, exacerbated by the 2018 Basic Law: Israel - The nation-state of the Jewish people, that undermines the status and legitimacy of the Arab citizens. Nonetheless, a change began to surface tacitly in the official state approach towards the Arabs – recognizing the justification of equality, particularly in economic terms. Politically, the last Knesset elections have increased Arab parties' visibility and potential strength.
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