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Palestinian-Arab Minority in Israel, 1948-2000, The

A Political Study

As'ad Ghanem

Publication Year: 2001

Examines the difficulties of Palestinian-Arab political life in Israel. 'As’ad Ghanem provides a comprehensive description of the political development of the Palestinian-Arab minority in Israel and also discusses their social, cultural, and economic experiences. Covering two main aspects of politics—the different manifestations of politics and the dilemmas created by these politics—he presents the predicament of the Palestinian-Arab minority in Israel, which derives from the ethnic character of the State of Israel and their isolation from other Palestinians, and proposes the Israeli-Palestinian bi-national state as a suitable resolution not only for this problem but also for the main Palestinian-Israeli conflict.

Published by: State University of New York Press

Front Cover

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Half Title Page

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Title Page

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Copyright Page

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Dedication Page

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Table Of Contents

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Tables

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Preface

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pp. xiii-xiv

In this book, the fruit of long and diversified research, I have attempted to summarize my findings and impressions since I began studying Palestinian- Arab society in Israel some eight years ago. During this period I have focused on the aspects that interest me as a political...

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Part I: Introduction and Historical Background

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pp. 1-9

On the eve of the 1948 war and the establishment of the state of Israel, nearly two million persons lived within the borders of Mandatory Palestine, two-thirds of them Palestinian Arabs and one-third Jews. The vast majority of the Palestinians (almost 940,000) and almost all the...

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1. The Palestinian-Arab Minority in Israel

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pp. 11-27

The dispersal of the Palestinians disrupted and impeded social and political processes that had been at work among them before the 1948 war. Many villages were destroyed, totally or partially. Their inhabitants fled the country or moved elsewhere in Israel, where they became...

Part II: Palestinian-Arabs in Israel: Different Manifestations of Politics

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2. Political and Ideological Streams among the Palestinian-Arab Minority in Israel

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pp. 31-38

This book traces the political activity of the Arab citizens of Israel. This activity, which is concentrated on two levels, the national and the local, was conducted by both countrywide and local forces within the Arab community itself. Many factors have influenced it. Activists dealt with...

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3. The Israeli-Arab Stream

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pp. 39-63

Before Israel gained its independence, various elements of the Palestinian community formed alliances with the nascent Jewish society and developed ties with the Jewish leadership that was working, both openly and behind the scenes, to establish a Jewish national home. The...

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4. The Communist Stream

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pp. 65-94

The Communist Party, which began as a marginal organization during the period of the Mandate, derived its raison d'etre and fundamental positions on social, cultural, economic, and political issues from the broad ideology of Communism. It attained the zenith of international...

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5. The National Stream

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pp. 95-122

Until the establishment of Israel, and especially during the three decades of British rule (1918-1948), the Arab or Palestinian national stream developed in the general context of Palestinian society, which was fighting both against the Jews, who aspired to establish their own state, and...

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6. The Islamic Stream

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pp. 123-135

"Political Islam" began organizing in Mandatory Palestine before 1948. The Muslim Brotherhood, founded in Egypt in the 1920s did not take an interest in events in Palestine until in the mid-1930s. Especially after the eruption of the Arab revolt against the British, and Jewish...

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7. Local Politics: The Clan as an Alternative Stream

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pp. 137-153

As a result of the 1948 war and the establishment of Israel, the existing Arab local authorities were destroyed or totally paralyzed by the hostilities and the expulsion of some of the local leadership. When local government was consolidated in Israel after independence, the Arab...

Part III: The Political Distress of the Palestinian-Arabs in Israel: Looking for Ways Out of the Predicament

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8. The Political Distress of the Palestinian Arab Minority as a Reflection of the "Jewish State" Apparatus

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pp. 157-174

Political activity connotes the totality of the behavioral or verbal steps taken by individuals or citizens in order to express their active or passive position with regard to the political, social, cultural, and economic systems. Sometimes there is a close connection between the actor and...

9. Toward Fulfilling the Right to Be Included: The Arabs' Future in a Binational Palestinian-Israeli State

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pp. 175-200

Appendix

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Notes

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References

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pp. 215-228

Index

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pp. 229-238

Back Cover

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E-ISBN-13: 9780791490457
E-ISBN-10: 0791490459
Print-ISBN-13: 9780791449974
Print-ISBN-10: 0791449971

Page Count: 252
Publication Year: 2001

Series Title: SUNY series in Israeli Studies
Series Editor Byline: Russell Stone