Jewish and Arab ethnocentrism in Israel

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Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-26
Number of pages26
JournalEthnic and Racial Studies
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 1987

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1. The Arab part of the survey was based on a random, systematic and stratified sample taken from the all-inclusive voters' roll published by the Ministry of Interior. The sampling for the Jewish part was stratified according to localities, streets and households. The ecological method used for Jews was cheaper but less representative. The Jewish samples in both Tsemah's and Smooha's surveys were weighted according to age, education and ethnic origin in order to correct the demographic biases (the population parameters were derived from the 1980 labour force surveys). 2. Smooha's survey was funded by the Ford Foundation to which I am grateful. Tsemah's survey was sponsored by the Van Leer Jerusalem Foundation. I wish to thank Alouph Hareven for making the data of Tsemah's survey available to me. 3. The figures from Tsemah's survey differ slightly from those in the original report (Tsemah, 1980) because they were adjusted in this study for non-response and for sampling biases. 4. If not otherwise indicated, in this study 'Jews' mean 'Israeli Jews' and 'Arabs' mean 'Israeli Arabs' (within the Green Line). To avoid misunderstandings, the words 'Jews in Israel' and 'Arabs in Israel' were used in the questionnaires. 5. 64% of the Arabs in a survey taken in 1976 (Smooha, 1984) were not willing to have a Jew as one of two immediate neighbours and 64% of the Jews in the Tsemah's survey were not willing to live in a building with Arabs. 6. This legitimacy is reflected, among other things, in the 1947 United Nations Partition Resolution which is the legal basis for Israel's existence. This resolution, which was also supported by the Soviet bloc, provided for the creation of a Jewish state (a state for Jews) in part of Palestine.

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  • Cultural Studies
  • Anthropology
  • Sociology and Political Science

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