Religious protest and police reaction in a theo-democracy: Israel, 1950-1979

Sam Lehman-Wilzig, Giora Goldberg

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Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)491-505
Number of pages15
JournalJournal of Church and State
Issue number3
StatePublished - 1983

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SAM N. LEHMAN-WlLZIG (B.A., City College of New York; Ph.D., Harvard University) is Lecturer of Political Studies, Bar-Ilan University, Ramat Gan, Israel. He ls coeditor of Comparative Jewish Politics: Public Life in lsrael and the Diaspora and has had articles appear in Jewish Social Studies, Jerusalem Quarterly, and Jewish Journal of Sociology. His scholarly interests include extraparliamentary political behavior. GIORA GOLDBERG (B.A., M.A., Tel-Aviv University; Ph.D., Hebrew University) is Lecturer of Political Studies, Bar-Ilan University, Ramat Gan, Israel. His articles have appeared in Studies in Comparative Communism and Jerusalem Quarterly. His scholarly interests include legislative studies, voting behavior, and political parties. This article is part of a larger research project on Israeli Public Protest funded by the Israeli National Council for Research and Development (Grant #5095). The authors would like to thank the council for its generous aid. 1. When, for example, Israel prosecuted bigamists in 1954, Israeli Muslims charged religious persecution. The High Court of Justice ruled that the law did not involve any such thing, since Islam does not command bigamy asa religious duty but merely permits it; see Supreme Court Rulings, vol. 8 (1954), case 49/54, pp. 910-17. For a more in-depth discussion of religious discrimination between Israeli Jews and Muslims, see Amnon Rubinstein, Ha 'mishpat Ha 'Konstituzioni Shd Medinat Yisrael [The Constitutional Law of the State of Israel] (Tel Aviv: Schocken Books, 1974), pp. 173-83. The study that follows finds that non-Jewish religious protest in Israel is almost nonexistent; see Table 1, p. 495. 2. See Ervin Birnbaum, The Politics of Compromise: State and Religion in lsrael (Rutherford, N.J.: Fairleigh Dickinson University Press, 1970); Eliezer Don-Yehiya, "Religion and Coalition: The National Religious Party and Coalition Formation in Israel," in The Elections in lsrael 1973, ed. Asher Arian (Jerusalem: Jerusalem Academic Press, 1975), pp. 255-84; S. Zalman Abramov, Perpetual Dilemma: Jewish Religion in the Je~ish State (Rutherford, N.J.: Fairleigh Dickinson University Press, 1976); and Shulamit Aloni, Ha 'hesder [The Arrangement] (Tel Aviv: Otpaz, Ltd., 1970).

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