National Reproduction and ‘the Demographic Race’ in Israel

  • Nira Yuval-Davis


The issue of national reproduction in Israel, both in terms of its ideological boundaries and in terms of the reproduction of its membership, has always been at the centre of zionist discourse. During the 1980s, however, it has gradually come to overshadow even the issue of security as a precondition for Israel’s survival. However, Golda Meir, the prime minister of Israel at the time, already confided in the early 1970s that she was afraid of a situation in which ‘she would have to wake up every morning wondering how many Arab babies have been born during the night’! (quoted in Kahane 1983: 52).


Zionist Movement Jewish Woman Jewish People Israeli Society Occupied Territory 
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