Conceptualizing palestinian politics in Israel in the shadow of the arab spring

Amal Jamal*

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This chapter examines the debates about the conceptualization and practices of resistance in Palestinian society in Israel. It does so in light of two important developments that have had major repercussions for this homeland minority: the social and political upheavals in the Arab Spring states on the one hand and the growing nationalist extremism in Israel, culminating in the passing of the nation-state law in 2018 and the delegitimization of the Joint List in the 2019-2020 elections, on the other. Examining the debates taking place about resistance helps us understand how political subjects active in this community define themselves and others and the meaning and implications of such definitions. Furthermore, it assists in demonstrating how Palestinians in Israel utilize the opportunities inherent in their institutional environment and the tools provided by that environment to facilitate an alternative political ethos that will guarantee it full civil equality and human dignity.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe Oxford Handbook of Israeli Politics and Society
EditorsReuven Y. Hazan, Alan Dowty, Menachem Hofnung, Gideon Rahat
PublisherOxford University Press
Number of pages20
ISBN (Electronic)9780190675585
StatePublished - 1 Jan 2018


  • Asymmetry of power
  • Liquidity
  • Palestinians in Israel
  • Popular political will
  • Resistance


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