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Unpublished Paper
“Otherness” as the Underlying Principle in Israel’s Asylum Regime
ExpressO (2009)
  • Tally Kritzman-Amir, New York University

This paper aims to be one of the first thorough descriptions of the developing asylum system in the State of Israel. The argument presented in this paper is that, despite the inherent moral and doctrinal differences between asylum and immigration regimes, the Israeli asylum system is essentially an extension of Israel’s immigration and citizenship regime, as it excludes the non-Jewish refugees and frames the refugee as the “other.”

I begin this paper with a description of the Israeli immigration and citizenship regime. I show how the Israeli regime favors and includes Jews, and discriminates and excludes non-Jews, with the exclusion reaching its height when it comes to Palestinians and enemy nationals. I move on to describe the difference between the immigration regime and the asylum regime. These two regimes operate under different assumptions and different sets of values. Therefore, it is reasonable to assume that they would be significantly different from each other. I then describe the Israeli asylum system. As I describe the Israeli asylum regime, I attempt to show how it resembles the Israeli immigration and citizenship regime and follows its logic to a large extent. I also explain how, under the asylum regime, the refugee is portrayed as the “other,” with Palestinian and Arab asylum seekers being the most extreme embodiment of “otherness.”

  • immigration,
  • refugee,
  • israel,
  • asylum
Publication Date
March 9, 2009
Citation Information
Tally Kritzman-Amir. "“Otherness” as the Underlying Principle in Israel’s Asylum Regime" ExpressO (2009)
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