This article traces the careers of 12 Palestinian Arab lawyers who practised law during the last years of the British Mandate in Palestine (1920-1948), and who became Israeli citizens after 1948. The State of Israel made efforts to limit the professional practice of Palestinian lawyers and to supervise them. Yet, despite the pressures, most of them continued their legal practice and became active in the Israeli public sphere. We show that the Palestinian lawyers' struggle to maintain their practice in Israel was used to assert autonomy for the legal profession, and concurrently, it was perceived as a touchstone for minority civil rights in the state.
|Translated title of the contribution||Lawyers in transition - Palestinian Arab lawyers in the first decade of the Jewish state|
|Number of pages||25|
|Journal||Continuity and Change|
|State||Published - Dec 2020|
Bibliographical noteFunding Information:
Research for this study was supported by the Israel Science Foundation (grant no. 1831/18), which we acknowledge with gratitude. We are grateful to Iris Agmon and Irit Ballas for their valuable suggestions, and to Fady Asleh for sharing information and for his help in locating some of the documents quoted here. Finally, we thank the anonymous readers of Continuity and Change for their helpful comments.
© The Author(s), 2020. Published by Cambridge University Press.
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