Dignity Takings and Dispossession in Israel

52 Pages Posted: 5 Jul 2016 Last revised: 19 Jul 2016

Date Written: July 2, 2016


This paper examines the concept of dignity takings, as developed by Bernadette Atuahene, and its applicability to the Israeli situation, focusing on takings from the Arab-Palestinian minority in Israel. Although I find dignity takings a valuable concept, as it emphasizes the interconnections between land dispossession and the denial of human dignity, I offer some qualifications and suggestions. I then examine the applicability of the concept to the dispossession of Arabs/Palestinians in Israel through two case studies: one, a close reading of the (in)famous Ikrit villagers’ dispossession; the other, an examination of the dispossession of Negev (southern Israel) Bedouin citizens of Israel, which takes place, not unlike terra nullius, simultaneously with a denial of this very taking. The article concludes that with some modifications, the concept of dignity taking applies to the situation of Arab/Palestinian citizens of Israel.

Keywords: property, human dignity, dispossession, indigenous land, Israel, Palestine

JEL Classification: K11

Suggested Citation

Kedar, Alexander, Dignity Takings and Dispossession in Israel (July 2, 2016). Law and Social Inquiry, Forthcoming, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2803982

Alexander Kedar (Contact Author)

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