Arabs make up approximately 20 percent of the population within
Israel's borders. Until the 1970s, Arab citizens of Israel were a
mostly acquiescent group, but in recent decades political activism
has increased dramatically among members of this minority. Certain
activists within this population claim that they are a national and
indigenous minority dispossessed by more recent settlers from
Europe. Ethnically based political organizations inside Israel are
making nationalist demands and challenging the Jewish foundations
of the state. Palestinian Ethnonationalism in Israel
investigates the rise of this new movement, which has important
implications for the Palestinian-Israeli conflict as a whole.
Political scientist Oded Haklai has written the first book to
examine this manifestation of Palestinian nationalism in Israel.
Drawing on extensive fieldwork and interviews with key figures,
Haklai investigates how the debate over Arab minority rights within
the Jewish state has given way to questioning the foundational
principles of that state. This ground-breaking book not only
explains the transitions in Palestinian Arab political activism in
Israel but also presents new theoretical arguments about the
relationship between states and societies. Haklai traces the source
of Arab ethnonationalist mobilization to broader changes in the
Israeli state, such as the decentralization of authority, an
increase in political competition, intra-Jewish fragmentation, and
a more liberalized economy.
Palestinian Ethnonationalism in Israel avoids
oversimplified explanations of ethnic conflict. Haklai's carefully
researched and insightful analysis covers a neglected aspect of
Israeli politics and Arab life outside the West Bank and Gaza.
Scholars and policy makers interested in the future of Israel and
peace in the Middle East will find it especially valuable.
Subjects: Political Science
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