Citizenship in Crisis – The Palestinian Citizens of Israel: A Counterintuitive Account

JVF Conference Papers

The story of Israeli citizenship begins with the establishment of the state of Israel on May 14, 1948, when the “Declaration of the Establishment of the state of Israel” was read out loud by David Ben Gurion. It is in this declaration that we find the seeds of the theoretical and practical citizenship bind that is at the basis of the Israeli conception of citizenship, and which is at the root of the current research. This was the beginning of the application of two distinct and contradictory citizenship discourses – the civic-republican and the liberal-democratic.

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