We are here, they are there: Between peace and exclusion in Israel/Palestine

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Abstract

The purpose of this work is to offer a critique of partition, not on the basis of its impact on the relations between the sides to the dispute, but on its implications for majority-minority relations inside the (non-homogeneous) state. Using the Israeli-Palestinian example, the paper argues that the dynamics of partition idealize the notion of a homogeneous nation-state and, consequently, marginalize minorities and accentuate internal political divisions. Specifically, Israeli policymakers' 'demographic trade-off' between territorial compromise and a 'Jewish state' underscores some of the recent national tensions within Israel over the citizenship status of the minority Palestinians.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)307-320
Number of pages14
JournalCitizenship Studies
Volume12
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - 1 Jun 2008

Keywords

  • Demography
  • Exclusion
  • Israel
  • Palestinian citizens
  • Partition

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