National and civic identities of palestinians in israel

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Similarity measures were obtained from 77 Palestinians living in Israel about 17 attitudes toward their national and civic identities. The symmetric similarity matrices were subjected to a multidimensional scaling analysis. Results showed that (a) the Arabic language and cultural heritage were key factors in the participants' national identity; (b) of two orthogonal dimensions that emerged, a national-Palestinian dimension and a civic-Israeli dimension, the former was judged twice as important; (c) the Zionist movement and Israel's policies toward its Palestinian citizens were evaluated negatively on both dimensions; and (d) political and social aspects of the national identity were evaluated positively on the national dimension but negatively on the civic dimension.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)219-228
Number of pages10
JournalJournal of Social Psychology
Issue number2
StatePublished - 1 Apr 1997

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Funding Information:
This research was supported by a grant from the Harry S. Truman Research Institute for the Advancement of Peace at the Hebrew University, Jerusalem.

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  • Social Psychology


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