Law-making and the Securitization of the Jewish Identity in Israel

  title={Law-making and the Securitization of the Jewish Identity in Israel},
  author={Ronnie Olesker},
  pages={105 - 121}
  • Ronnie Olesker
  • Published 24 January 2014
  • Sociology, Political Science
  • Ethnopolitics
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