Israeli Supreme Court Opens Door to “Legalized” Ethnic Cleansing Inside the Green Line


FMEP President Lara Friedman speaks with Dr. Lana Tatour about the recent Israeli Supreme Court decision that opens a legal path for the Israeli government to revoke citizenship of Palestinian citizens of Israel, and what this decision both reflects and demonstrates about the fragile status of Israel’s Palestinian citizens.

Dr.  Tatour is an assistant professor in global development at the School of Social Science, University of New South Wales, Australia. She was the 2019–20 Ibrahim Abu-Lughod Postdoctoral Fellow at the Center for Palestine Studies at Columbia University. She is currently completing a book provisionally titled Ambivalent Resistance: Palestinians in Israel and the Liberal Politics of Settler Colonialism and Human Rights. Follow her on Twitter at @Lana_Tatour; her work in academic journals can be found here.

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Recorded July 28, 2022

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Lana’s work (articles mentioned in the podcast)

Middle East Eye 7/25/22: Israel can now strip away 48 Palestinians’ citizenship

As-Safir Al-Arabi 8/15/20: Palestinians in Israel and the Illusionary Promise of Inclusive Citizenship

Arab Studies Journal 2019: Citizenship as Domination: Settler Colonialism and the Making of Palestinian Citizenship in Israel

Background on Supreme Court ruling

Israel Hayom 7/22/22: Israel may revoke terrorists’ citizenship, Supreme Court rules

Reuters 7/21/22: Israel’s Supreme Court rules ‘disloyal’ citizens can be stripped of status

Adalah 7/21/22: Israeli Supreme Court upholds law authorizing the revocation of citizenship [Adalah & ACRI response: “Although the Israeli Supreme Court did not allow the revocation of citizenship of two Palestinian citizens of Israel in the cases before it and upheld the principle that a person cannot be left without status, the Court’s decision is very dangerous as it also upholds the constitutionality of this ‘breach of loyalty’ law. This decision paves the way for the continued use of this illegitimate law, contrary to international law. The Supreme Court reached this decision, although it acknowledged in the ruling that no such law exists in any other country in the world. The current case indicates that the law is discriminatory and will likely be used exclusively against Palestinian citizens of Israel.