The Multicultural Challenge In Israel

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In the last three decades, Israel has been undergoing a dramatic revolution:
the hegemonic secular Zionist ethos that founded it is cracking, and various sub-groups seek to realize their specific identity in the public sphere. Ultra-
Orthodox, Arabs, Mizrahim, immigrants from the former Soviet Union, and others are rejecting the peripheral status that had ranked them according to their proximity to the principles of this ethos and insist on ...
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Overview

In the last three decades, Israel has been undergoing a dramatic revolution:
the hegemonic secular Zionist ethos that founded it is cracking, and various sub-groups seek to realize their specific identity in the public sphere. Ultra-
Orthodox, Arabs, Mizrahim, immigrants from the former Soviet Union, and others are rejecting the peripheral status that had ranked them according to their proximity to the principles of this ethos and insist on their own voice. Israeli society has consequently become a seething entanglement of confl icts and identity struggles.
This book is one of the first attempts to examine various aspects of the current multicultural transformation of Israeli society. It deals with fundamental questions such as the character of Israel as a Jewish state,
the status of minorities and their right to self-realization, and the farreaching influence of the multicultural turn on a variety of legal and social dimensions. Theoretical questions are reconsidered in light of specific case studies in Israel, off ering a significant contribution to the interdisciplinary discussion of multicultural theories and their application.
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Non-Jews make up one-fourth of Israel's population and represent a variety of racial, ethnic, and religious groups. Within the Jewish population, numerous different branches and geographic backgrounds are represented, reflecting different political and cultural perspectives. The Israeli state has no constitution which defines the rights on non-Jews in the country. How the various cultures interact and what influences result are the central theme of the contributed essays that make up this book. As a religious-based, democratic, multi-cultural state, Israel represents a fairly unique environment among the world's nations. This book examines the implications of this uniqueness. (Annotation ©2010 Book News Inc. Portland, OR)
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Meet the Author

Avi Sagi (Ph.D. Bar-Ilan University, 1988) is a Professor at Bar-Ilan University and Senior Research Fellow, Shalom Hartman Institute, Jerusalem. His recent books include Circles of Jewish Identity (with Zvi Zohar), Tel Aviv, 2000; 'Elu va Elù A Study on the Meaning of Halakhic Discourse, Tel Aviv, 1996. Ohad Nachtomy (Ph.D. Columbia University, 1998) specializes in 17th century philosophy, and above all Leibniz and Spinoza. He has also begun a major research project in the philosophy of modern biology, on genotype-phenotype relations.
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Table of Contents

Introduction: Avi Sagi and Ohad Nactomy. Constitutional Incrementalism and Material Entrenchment - Hanna Lerner. Who is Afraid of Language Rights in Israel? - Meital Pinto. The Voice of the People: Language and State in Israel - Tamar Hostovsky Brandes. The Hand in Hand Bilingual Education Model: Vision and Challenges - Muhammad Amara. Cultural and Normative Duality in Israeli Society - Yedidia Z. Stern. Society and Law in Israel: Between a Rights Discourse and an Identity Discourse - Avi Sagi. Transcending the Secularization vs. Traditionalization Discourse: Jewish-Israeli Traditionists, the Post-Secular, and the Possibilities of Multiculturalism - Yaacov Yadgar. Service in the IDF and the Boundaries of Israel's Jewish Collective - Asher Cohen and Bernard Susser. Ideas vs. Reality: Multiculturalism and Religious-Zionism - Dov Schwartz. The Suffering of the Other: Teaching the Holocaust ot Arabs and Jews - Avihu Ronen. The Jewish Holidays as a Platform for a Multicultural Discourse of Identity - Rina Hevlin. The Multiple-Ethnic Synagogue in Israel - Nissim Leon. "We pay our Taxes and Serve in the Army": Ethnography and the Challenge of Multiculturism - Meirav Aharon. Multiculturalism in Israel: Linguistic Perspective - Michael Tanenbaum. Abstracts. Contributors. Index of Subjects. Index of Names.
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