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Legal Ordering, Citizenship and Human Rights: The Case of the Palestinian Citizens of Israel

Speaker: Dynamics of Exclusionary ConstitutionalismDr Mazen Masri, Senior Lecturer in Law, The City Law School, City University of London

Discussant: Professor  Yoav Peled, Visiting Professor, Middle East Centre, LSE

Chair: Dr Ayça Çubukçu, Assistant Professor in Human Rights, Centre for the Study of Human Rights, LSE

Date: Friday 24th March 12.00 p.m. - 1.30 p.m

Venue: TW2 9.04, (Tower 2, 9th Floor, Room.04).

This event is co-hosted with the Middle East Centre, LSE

Given Israel’s constitutional definition as a ‘Jewish and democratic state’, the citizenship of the Palestinian citizens in Israel has always been a challenge to liberal paradigms of citizenship.  The historical and political foundations of the state, and the current realities raise a number of questions about the meaning of this definition. This lecture will address how this definition affects constitutional rights and human rights, and how it plays out in the daily life of the Palestinians living in Israel. Building upon his newly released book The Dynamics of Exclusionary Constitutionalism: Israel as a Jewish and Democratic State, Dr. Mazen Masri will present some of the consequences of the 'Jewish and democratic' definition for the Palestinian citizens in Israel. It explores how the definition affects the legal ordering of the state and the operation of the law, creating a complex model of exclusionary citizenry in a continuous state of crisis. Prof. Yoav Peled, a political scientist and a legal scholar who wrote extensively on Israeli citizenship and its implications for Palestinians, will offer his insights on the topic.

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