Constitutionalism, law and religion in Israel : a state’s multiple identities
Title: Constitutionalism, law and religion in Israel : a state’s multiple identities
Author: HALMAI, Gábor
Citation: Journal of civil and legal sciences, 2016, Vol. 5, No. 1, OnlineOnly
In the first chapter the historical relationship of Judaism and Zionism was discussed, while the second discusses the constitutional conflict between Jewish and the democratic character of the State of Israel. The third chapter analyzes the millet system of religious laws (inherited from the Ottoman Empire) for both Jews, as the religious majority, and for different minorities. The main question is, whether or not this pluralist legal system can be considered as liberal, providing equal rights, and what other alternatives are feasible in Israel today. The more general constitutional question behind the legal one is, whether or not the Jewish and the democratic character of the State of Israel based on Zionism can be consolidated.
Subject: Zionism; Jewishness of the state of Israel
Published online: 27 January 2016
Type of Access: openAccess
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