Author Archives: Simon Reynolds

About Simon Reynolds

Simon Reynolds studied law at the University of Reading, graduating in 2007, before taking time to travel through Africa and East Asia. He is particularly passionate about the upholding of human rights within vulnerable communities and has recently completed a 6 month placement with BADIL's legal research and advocacy program.

Israel’s Identity Crisis: The practical difficulties of a Jewish and democratic state

Israel refers to itself as both ‘a Jewish state’ and ‘the Middle East’s only democracy’. This article will ascertain what constitutes the former, why being deemed both a Jewish state and legitimate democracy is of great importance to Israel and finally, the extent to which these apparently conflicting identities can be reconciled.

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