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Zichroni v. State of Israel : The Biography of a Civil Rights Lawyer

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Zichroni v. State of Israel tells the story of Amnon Zichroni, the Israeli civil rights lawyer whose legal and political battles from the early 1950s to the present day reveal a hitherto unknown chapter in the history of Israel: the struggle for human and civil rights in the country and in the occupied territories. Michael Keren's compelling narrative explores the seminal court cases in which Zichroni challenged the definition of citizenship by nationalist criteria; opposed the construction of West Bank settlements; and defended freedom of the press, association, and religion. The work offers a vivid portrayal of one man's campaign for justice in an embattled nation struggling to balance security imperatives with the rule of law.show more

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  • Hardback | 240 pages
  • 150.9 x 233.7 x 18.3mm | 412.78g
  • Lexington Books
  • Lanham, MD, United States
  • English
  • 0739103156
  • 9780739103159

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In addition to tracing the fascinating career of Israel's Amnon Zichroni from hunger-striking conscientious objector to sober civil liberties lawyer, this book explores many of the internal conflicts that bedevil all democracies facing genuine security threats. A stimulating read. -- A. Alan Borovoy, General Counsel, Canadian Civil Liberties Association It's a rare reader that will fail to learn something new and of compelling significance for personal and global political life from this book. -- Glenn D. Paige, chair, Center for Global Nonkilling Michael Keren's briskly written biography of the Israeli civil rights lawyer Amnon Zichroni is in fact a revealing grassroots history of the half-century effort to establish the realm of individual dissent and civil rights in a society originally committed to a democratic but communal Zionism. It documents through fascinating landmark cases the constant vigorous dialogue that Israeli nationhood requires from its citizens. -- Charles S. Maier, Harvard University If the question is, "Why should political scientists study lawyers?" one answer is in this book. Political science, like law and public administration, is now moving from the study of government to the study of "governance," that is, political decision-making processes shared by government and non-government actors. This book argues that radical, anti-establishment lawyers are not simply Robin Hoods but instead are key figures in the complex political task of orchestrating the relationship between government and civil society. -- Martin Shapiro, Professor of Law, University of California, Berkeleyshow more

About Michael Keren

Michael Keren is Professor of Political Communication at Tel Aviv University. He is the author of four books, including Professionals against Populism: The Peres Government and Democracy (1995).show more

Table of contents

Chapter 1 A Day in Court Chapter 2 The Civil Circles Chapter 3 Conscientious Objection Chapter 4 The Third Force Chapter 5 Political Perfectionism Chapter 6 Politics, Religion, and Civil Rights Chapter 7 Freedom of Speech and Association Chapter 8 In the Occupied Territories Chapter 9 Civil Disobedience Chapter 10 Law and Security Chapter 11 The Advocate of Civil Societyshow more