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The Purse and the SwordThe Trials of Israel's Legal Revolution$
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Daniel Friedmann

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780190278502

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: August 2016

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190278502.001.0001

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Jewish Racists Meet Palestinian Nationalists in the Knesset

Jewish Racists Meet Palestinian Nationalists in the Knesset

(p.65) 8 Jewish Racists Meet Palestinian Nationalists in the Knesset
The Purse and the Sword

Daniel Friedmann

Oxford University Press

This chapter shows how the Supreme Court had intervened in elections after Meir Shamgar took to his post as the chief justice in 1983. In doing so, it affected the nature of Israel’s parliament, its membership, and Jewish-Arab relations in Israel. Among other things, it had presided over the June 1984 Neiman v. Chairman of the Elections Committee case, allowing a racist party and a party alleged to support the Palestinian cause to participate in the elections. The decision would later prompt the Knesset to amend Section 7a of the Basic Law: The Knesset to respond to the Neiman ruling. The Supreme Court subsequently affirmed the elections committee decision in a second Neiman case, to disqualify Kach from participating in the elections on the grounds that the party’s publications and agenda constituted racist incitement and a rejection of Israel’s democratic character. However, every attempt by the Knesset since 1984 to prevent the election of representatives of the Palestinian nationalist movement has been frustrated by the Supreme Court through its interpretation of the law.

Keywords:   Knesset, elections, Jewish-Arab relations, Israeli parliament, racism, Rabbi Meir Kahane, Palestinian nationalist movement

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