Israel and the Family of Nations: The Jewish Nation-State and Human Rights

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Routledge, Sep 3, 2008 - Political Science - 256 pages
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Can Israel be both Jewish and truly democratic? How can a nation–state, which incorporates a large national minority with a distinct identity of its own be a state of all its citizens?

Written by two eminent Israeli scholars, a professor of constitutional law and a historian, Alexander Yakobson and Amnon Rubinstein are the first to treat Zionism and Israeli experience in light of other states’ experiences and in particular of newly established states that have undergone constitutional changes and wrestled with issues of minorities.  Citing various European, constitutions and laws, the authors explore concept of a Jewish State and its various meanings in the light of international law, and the current norms of Human Rights as applied to other democratic societies compatible with liberal democratic norms and conclude that international reality does not accord with the concept which regards a modern, liberal democracy as a culturally "neutral" and a nationally colourless entity.

In light of the new political map in Israel and the prospect of future disengagement from the West Bank, Israel and the Family of Nations is essential reading for all those who wish to understand Israel’s future challenges.

 

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Contents

Introduction
1
The UN debates in 1947
12
Zionism as a colonialist phenomenon and the invention of Jewish nationalism
65
3 Zionism and international norms
83
4 The Jewish State and Israeli democracy
97
5 Either Jewish or democratic?
124
6 A neutral state and a democratic nationstate
141
Nowhere else
192
Extracts from some contemporary democratic constitutions
200
Armenia and the Armenian diaspora Nansens address to the League of Nations
218
Notes
220
Bibliography
233
Index
238
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About the author (2008)

Dr. Alexander Yacobson is a Senior lecturer in the history department of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel.

Prof. Amnon Rubinstein, is currently Provost and Dean of the Radzyner School of Law at the Interdisciplinary Center (IDC) in Herzlia. He is a former Minister of Education and a regular contributor to Israseli Dailies.

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