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Sultany, Nimer (2012) 'The Making of an Underclass: The Palestinian Citizens in Israel.' Israel Studies Review, 27 (2). pp. 190-212.

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I argue here that Israel’s ‘basic structure’ (i.e., the main economic, social, and political institutions), to use John Rawls’s phrase, subjects the Palestinian citizens to a process of ghettoization that relegates them to a separate and unequal status. This basic structure is particularly unjust, as it does not provide these citizens with the minimal conditions of a decent life. The state not only fails to rectify this injustice but is actively implicated in producing it. I argue that this process has included five key and interrelated elements: labor segmentation, land appropriation, de-development, deficient education, and the production of poverty. The Essay shows how the legal system is implicated in producing the segregation and subordination of the Palestinian minority. Ultimately, ghettoization within Israel intersects with a process of separation and annexation in the Occupied Territories. Together, these processes are eroding the citizenship status of the Palestinian citizens in Israel.

Item Type: Journal Article
Keywords: Israel, Palestinian minority, ghettoization
SOAS Departments & Centres: Legacy Departments > Faculty of Law and Social Sciences > School of Law
School Research Centres > Centre for Human Rights Law
School Research Centres > Centre of Islamic and Middle Eastern Law
Departments and Subunits > School of Law
ISSN: 21590370
DOI (Digital Object Identifier):
Date Deposited: 21 Oct 2013 09:55

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