Constitutionalizing sophisticated racism: Israel's proposed nationality law

Amal Jamal*

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This essay analyzes the political motivations behind the Jewish Nation-State Bill introduced in the Knesset in November 2014, shedding light on the ascendancy of the Israeli political establishment's radical right wing. It argues that there were both internal and external factors at work and that it is only by examining these thoroughly that the magnitude of the racist agenda currently being promoted can be grasped. The essay also discusses the proposed legislation's long history and the implications of this effort to constitutionalize what amounts to majoritarian despotism in present-day Israel.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)40-51
Number of pages12
JournalJournal of Palestine Studies
Issue number3
StatePublished - 2016


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