The nationalisation of the Israeli ethnocratic regime and the Palestinian minority’s shrinking citizenship

As'ad Ghanem, Ibrahim Khatib

Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review


The main issue this paper deals with is the status of the Palestinian minority in Israel (Referred to in the literature using different terms: ‘Palestinians in Israel’, ‘Arabs in Israel’, ‘Arab citizens of Israel’, ‘the Palestinian minority’ and ‘Palestinians inside 1948’.) as part of what Israel considers its national security. It will examine the centrality of Israel’s Jewish character, as a component of Israeli national security, representing a model for the expansion of that which is encompassed by the concept of national security. Within this context, the minority’s presence and demands for equality poses a threat to the national security of Israel and of the Jewish majority. This concept and trend has gained traction in recent years with the ascension to power of the right wing and the ‘rising threats’ to Israel following the Arab Spring events. Majority forces within and outside the Knesset have attempted to consolidate Israel’s Jewish character by passing laws and formulating policies that identify its Jewish character as a red line–a key plank of national security.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)889-902
Number of pages14
JournalCitizenship Studies
Issue number8
StatePublished - 17 Nov 2017

Bibliographical note

Publisher Copyright:
© 2017 Informa UK Limited, trading as Taylor & Francis Group.


  • Arab minority in Israel
  • Israel
  • Jewish state
  • Minorities
  • Palestinian–Israeli conflict
  • national security

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Geography, Planning and Development
  • Political Science and International Relations


Dive into the research topics of 'The nationalisation of the Israeli ethnocratic regime and the Palestinian minority’s shrinking citizenship'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this