Israel as a multicultural democracy: Challenges and obstacles

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The purpose of this paper is to examine possible implications should Israel incorporate multicultural principles in its ‘basic structure’. The paper divides into two main sections. In the first section I will embark on a short theoretical discussion concerning the relationship between claims of recognition and claims of distribution. In the second section I will assess the implications of this discussion for Israeli society, focusing on the main schisms characterizing Israeli society (Israeli Palestinian and Israeli Jews, Mizrahi and Ashkenazi Jews, religious and non-religious Jews, veterans and immigrants, and gender relations). One of the main arguments of the paper is that the separation of claims of recognition from claims of distribution presents insurmountable difficulties. These claims are very often inextricable. The fusion of these claims, however, underscores the utmost importance of the multicultural project. It shows that claims of distribution cannot be accommodated by a social system purporting to secure equality for all members of society irrespective of race, gender and cultural differences. This conclusion is valid either for societies whose basic political principles claim cultural neutrality or for societies whose principles forfeit such neutrality but promise universal inclusion of all members of society.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)95-116
Number of pages22
JournalInternational Journal of Phytoremediation
Issue number1
StatePublished - 1 Jan 2005

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Environmental Chemistry
  • Pollution
  • Plant Science


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