Development of palestinian social work in Israel: The formative years (1968–1982)

Ibrahim Mahajne, Anwar Khatib, Arnon A. Bar-On

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Based on primary and secondary sources and interviews with Arab social workers employed in welfare bureaus during the time under review, the article describes the development of Palestinian social work in Israel in its formative years (1968–1982). The primary finding is that this development took place under a “policy of contempt” towards the Palestinian community’s needs. The authorities acknowledged these needs but perpetuated a discriminatory allocation of resources in meeting them compared to Jewish Israelis and disregarded the society’s narrative by maintaining a dual welfare system: one for the country’s Jewish citizens and a lesser one for their Arab compatriots.

Original languageEnglish
Article number5
Pages (from-to)109-135
Number of pages27
JournalJournal of Sociology and Social Welfare
Issue number1
StatePublished - Mar 2021
Externally publishedYes

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  • Citizenship
  • Israel
  • Palestinian
  • Social work history

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Sociology and Political Science
  • Social Sciences (miscellaneous)


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