The politics of decolonisation and bi-nationalism in Israel/Palestine

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Bashir, Bashir and Busbridge, Rachel. (2019) The politics of decolonisation and bi-nationalism in Israel/Palestine. Political Studies. 67(2), pp. 388 - 405. https://doi.org/10.1177/0032321718767029
AuthorsBashir, Bashir and Busbridge, Rachel
Abstract

Recent years have seen a revitalisation of decolonisation as a framework of analysis in the Israeli–Palestinian conflict. This article maps changes in the meanings attached to decolonisation in the Israeli Israeli–Palestinian context, paying particular attention to the one-state paradigm. One-state proposals highlight bi-national realities in historic Palestine in order to lay out a decolonising vision grounded in equal civic rights. Many one-state advocates, however, are suspicious of a prescriptive bi-national paradigm that would afford the two national groups equal collective rights, primarily because its recognition of Jewish national self-determination is seen as entrenching, rather than decolonising, colonial relations of power. We argue that a prescriptive bi-nationalism in fact offers rich resources for a decolonising project in Israel/Palestine that seeks to establish a polity based on the principles of justice and equality – come to terms with historical injustice and imagine alternative pasts, presents and futures based on Arab–Jewish relationships.

Keywordsdecolonisation; Israel/Palestine; bi-nationalism; settler colonialism
Year2019
JournalPolitical Studies
Journal citation67 (2), pp. 388 - 405
PublisherSage Publications Ltd.
ISSN0032-3217
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.1177/0032321718767029
Scopus EID2-s2.0-85045133368
Page range388 - 405
Research GroupSchool of Arts
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Place of publicationUnited Kingdom
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