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The State's response to extremism: attitudes towards subversive movements and violent organisations

Ami Pedahzur

in The Israeli Response to Jewish Extremism and Violence

Published by Manchester University Press

Published in print October 2002 | ISBN: 9780719063725
Published online July 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781781700303 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.7228/manchester/9780719063725.003.0003
The State's response to extremism: attitudes towards subversive movements and violent organisations

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This chapter presents a chronological synopsis of the Israeli response to extra-parliamentary radical elements, and begins with the Altalena affair, a weapons ship sunk by the IDF close to a month after the declaration of the State's independence. It considers the Israeli reaction to those far-right elements which emerged during the 1980s and flourished during the course of the 1990s. The major loci of discussion are the Kach Movement, the ‘Jewish Underground’ movement, the assassination of Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin, and the evolving character of the State's response towards each of these phenomena. It also reviews the state of emergency that held sway in Israel for many years and the legal infrastructure deriving from this predicament which, in effect, enabled the State, in its struggle with violent and insurgent elements, to employ means that would often deviate from the acceptable rule of law in a democratic state.

Keywords: Israeli response; Altalena affair; far-right elements; Kach Movement; Jewish Underground; Yitzhak Rabin's assassination

Chapter.  17928 words. 

Subjects: International Relations

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