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Citizen Strangers: Palestinians and the Birth of Israel's Liberal Settler State, featuring Shira Robinson

When: Wednesday, February 19, 2014 12:15 PM - 2:00 PM
Where: Taliaferro : 2110
Event Type(s): Lecture

Following the 1948 war and the creation of the state of Israel, Palestinian Arabs comprised just fifteen percent of the population but held a much larger portion of its territory. In her new book, Shira Robinson writes that they were offered immediate suffrage rights and, in time, citizenship status, but they nonetheless found their movement, employment, and civil rights restricted by a military government and much of their land confiscated. Citizen Strangers traces how Jewish leaders struggled to advance their historic settler project while forced by new international human rights norms to share political power with the very people they sought to uproot.
In her lecture, Shira Robinson will discuss these tensions in the state's foundation-between privilege and equality, separatism and inclusion-which continue to haunt Israeli society today.

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