Volume 20, November 2005 www.adalah.org

Israeli Army Asks Supreme Court to Re-Examine its Decision Banning the Use of Palestinian Civilians as Human Shields before an Expanded Panel of the Court
Articles: Gender and Group Rights
On Gender, Nationalism and Universalism: The Legal Issue of Representation for Women in Israel
Abeer Baker, Advocate, Adalah
Twofold Discrimination: The Status of the Arab Woman as an Individual and as a Member of a National Collective Struggling for its Rights
Samar Khamis, Advocate and Adalah Board Member
When the Right to Family Life Clashes with the Right to a United Family
Sawsan Zaher, Advocate, Adalah
International Day Against Violence Against Women
On the Characteristics of Patriarchal Societies, Gender Inequality and Wife Abuse: The Case of Palestinian Society
Prof. Muhammad Haj-Yahia, Hebrew University and Adalah Board Member
Land, Planning and Justice
Despite ILA’s Insistence on Spraying Crops Cultivated by Bedouin in Unrecognized Villages in the Naqab, Supreme Court Extends Injunction Prohibiting these Operations
Following Adalah’s Intervention: ILA Will Include all Arab Villages in the North on List of Villages Eligible for Large Discounts on Leasing Land
Education Rights
Haifa District Court: Misgav Regional Council Must Resume School Transport and Pay Educational Fees for Children from Arab Bedouin Villages in the North
Petition to Supreme Court: Education Ministry Must Provide Preschool Education for Arab Bedouin Children in Unrecognized Village in the Naqab
Criminal Justice
Magistrate Court Imposes House Arrest on Six Arab Bedouin Detainees Following Protests in Unrecognized Village in the Naqab against Home Demolition Orders

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Opening Remarks
Generally, the literature on multiculturalism analyzes the relationship between group rights and women’s rights in one of two ways. The first approach argues that cultural rights for minorities and immigrant groups must be recognized, despite the fact, as its advocates argue, that these groups do not always respect women’s rights. According to this reasoning, “we” cannot impose “our” Western, liberal values on these groups. The second approach argues that there is no need to recognize cultural rights because these groups do not accept “our” universal, liberal values. The two approaches relate to minority cultures as hermetic, closed, and unified, without internal power struggles for the group’s social values. There is no culture today without internal contradictions and internal resistance groups. Therefore, these two approaches are mistaken in defining the culture of the Other. The reason that group rights must be recognized (similar to the feminist approach) is in order to eradicate one group’s domination over the other. This reason must also apply to internal relations within a minority cultural group. Thus, recognition of group rights must also include the rights of persons belonging to internal sub-groups without discrimination based on religious beliefs, gender, age or sexual orientation.
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