Israeli Response to Jewish Extremism and Violence: Defending Democracy

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This book looks at the theoretical issue of how a democracy can defend itself from those wishing to subvert or destroy it, without being required to take measures that would impinge upon the basic principles of the democratic idea, such as human rights, freedom of speech, and the freedom to form political organizations. In this book institutional and social frameworks are incorporated into the discussion of the 'paradox' in an attempt to provide an answer to the question: is there a golden path which can ...

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This book looks at the theoretical issue of how a democracy can defend itself from those wishing to subvert or destroy it, without being required to take measures that would impinge upon the basic principles of the democratic idea, such as human rights, freedom of speech, and the freedom to form political organizations. In this book institutional and social frameworks are incorporated into the discussion of the 'paradox' in an attempt to provide an answer to the question: is there a golden path which can reconcile between the democratic polity's need to defend itself and, at the same time, maintain responsibility to protect and safeguard the basic right of its citizens?

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Ami Pedahzur is Lecturer in the Department of Political Science at the University of Haifa, Israel.

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Table of Contents

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Preface
Introduction: the 'defending democracy' in Israel - a framework of analysis 1
1 The Israeli response to extremism: the parliamentary arena 30
The socio-political underpinnings of the response to extremism in Israel 31
Attitudes to far-right parties: between the 'militant' and the 'immunised' route 34
2 The State's response to extremism: attitudes towards subversive movements and violent organisations 68
Israel's early days: the predominance of the 'militant route' 70
The State of Israel from the 1950s to the 1970s: the institutionalising of the 'extended criminal justice model' 73
The State of Israel from the 1970s until the new millennium: towards a model of criminal justice 80
Issues accompanying the contraction of the 'criminal justice model' 82
3 The Israeli response to extremism: the social sphere 106
Civics education in Israel: the predominance of nationalist ideas in the first decades 108
Quandaries accompanying the efforts to reform civic studies 115
Educational reform in civics education in the new millennium: a quantitative assessment 122
4 The role of 'civil society' in the 'defending democracy' 139
'Civil society' in Israel 143
The 'pro-democratic civil society' in Israel: targets and prominent organisations 146
The emergence of the 'pro-democratic civil society' in Israel 157
5 The 'defending democracy': from the 'militant' to an 'immunised' route? 171
The 'defending democracy' in Israel: developments and challenges 171
The 'defending democracy' in comparative perspective 179
Index 194
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