Monday, January 20, 2020

Welfare State of Exclusion

BLOG: Over the past decade or so, Israeli lawmakers have been slowly curtailing and revoking social benefits from (mostly poor) Palestinian families—citizens of Israel who have contributed to the system all their lives—under the pretext of national security or “loyalty” to the state. This largely unnoticed process is reshaping the aims and the boundaries of the welfare state and rolling back the universal approach cemented under Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin in the 1990s. While the effect of these new laws is limited, their importance lies in their symbolism: they are yet another brick in the rising wall of national separation. Read More