Conditional Citizenship? Legislative Initiatives That Violate Civil Rights in Israel

Years of Activity: 2012 - 2013

Research Status:

Not Active
Participants: 

Dr. Yifat Gutman, Dr. Tamar Hagar, Dr. Tamar Hostovsky-Brandes, Prof. Rassem Khamaisy, Ya’acov Koren, Dr. Mohannad Mustafa, Prof. Yoav Peled, Dr. David Ronen, Prof. Helena de Savila Sina, Asaf Shapira, Atty. Yifat Solel, Atty. Lena Warwar, Dr. Sharon Weil, Dr. Noga Wolf, Dr. Miri Yemini, Attorney Sawsan Zaher

In recent years we have witnessed a series of bills introduced in the Knesset and of laws passed that violate the basic rights underlying democracy: freedom of expression, freedom of protest, and equality before the law.
The most striking of these initiatives are the Citizenship and Entry into Israel Law (preventing the unification of families), the “boycott law,” the “Nakba law,” the “admissions committees law,” and a bill that would limit the funding of nonprofit organizations. This trend has social and economic ramifications for Palestinian citizens of Israel and their relations with the Jewish population and the state; it limits the freedom of activity of civil society organizations; and it endangers democracy.
The Conditional Citizenship? interdisciplinary research and discussion group is examining and analyzing this trend in terms of its legal, social, and cultural aspects, comparing it to similar cases elsewhere. The group members are examining various aspects of the topic in depth, in accordance with their areas of expertise. As part of the group’s activity, conferences and public events are held throughout the country in conjunction with the Jewish-Arab Center at the University of Haifa and with the Nazareth-based Dirasat, the Arab Center for Law and Policy. The group’s research is to be published in book form.