by Michael Minton, Department of Sociology, University of Oxford.article by Robert Macpherson, Department.Department of Sociological Studies, University College London.article in Journal of Political Economy (2016) vol.44 no. 2 pp. 925-935.doi:10.2307/13747030....
The Jerusalem University students who led the initiative to change the country’s status quo said they chose a city because it is where they grew up, because it has the same culture and because it feels safe.
They want to change it.
“I want to live here and live like a citizen of the country, not like a foreign guest,” said one of them, Avraham Reuven.
“That’s why I am so determined to be an independent and free person.”
The students, who have just started the study project, have already enrolled 100 people, mostly from the nearby towns of Sefer Sheva and Jerusalem, who are willing to help.
They are seeking feedback from residents and foreign observers on how the project should be run and are hoping to gather signatures to begin a referendum in March.
They will also seek support from the Palestinian Authority, which has not recognized Israel since 1967.
They plan to make the initiative public in the coming weeks, and the university is planning to open a branch in the West Bank, which is under full Israeli military control.
The students said they hope the project will help change the nation’s perceptions about the Jewish state.
“We want to tell the world about our experience in Jerusalem, our life here, and that we have not come to a conclusion on this issue until now,” said Shira Tov.
We are not a monarchy. “
The main message is that we are living in a democracy.
We are not a monarchy.
We do not belong to a nation.
We want to take part in our country and to live like it.”
The group’s first initiative, called “City of Change,” has already garnered more than 200 signatures.
The university’s president, Elad Karim, said he was impressed by the student’s willingness to be “a citizen” of the city.
“This is a project that we believe is important,” he said.
“In the future, we will make it more difficult for the government to control us.
We believe that the city of Jerusalem is not just a city, but also a symbol of the state of Israel.”
A student at the university.
The Jerusalem City University students say they want to have a presence in the country and not just in the city, where they are currently living.
(Amos Sagol/The Jerusalem Post) In the West, students have had success in getting Israeli citizenship.
The Supreme Court rejected a challenge by a Palestinian who wanted to become a citizen in 2011.
And in 2010, the United Nations adopted a resolution that called on Israel to allow a “state of Palestine” to exist within the country.
In 2015, Palestinian students at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem won their first bid for citizenship, but it did not go anywhere.
The current effort aims to change that.
The group is hoping to have at least 100 people sign up for the referendum in April.
“Israel is the most unequal country in the world, with an extremely high unemployment rate, high poverty rates and a lack of social security and health care,” said Tov, who is a member of the Arab Student Movement.
“There is no possibility for anyone to make a living here.”