The Sephardi and Oriental Jews of Haifa and Arab-Jewish relations in Mandate Palestine

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This article examines the development of the relations between Jews and Arabs in Haifa during the British Mandate period from the perspective of the Sephardi and Oriental Jews (Mizrahim). It focuses on the two Sephardi neighborhoods in Haifa: Ard al-Yahud and Harat al-Yahud. The article examines the character of the shared Jewish-Arab space that existed in both these mixed neighborhoods, which were inhabited by both Jews and Arabs. The character of this spatial system was exposed during the course of a local political struggle to secure representation for the Sephardi and Oriental Jews and to improve their social condition, as well as during periods of security tension. The article also examines the attitude of the Sephardi leadership toward the ‘Arab question’, and discusses the manner in which everyday life in Ard al-Yahud and Harat al-Yahud manifested the existence of an Arab-Jewish identity during the Mandate period.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1020-1036
Number of pages17
JournalMiddle Eastern Studies
Issue number6
StatePublished - 2019

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  • Arab Jewish relations
  • History
  • Israel studies
  • Mandate Palestine
  • Oriental Jews
  • Sephardi Jews

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Geography, Planning and Development
  • Cultural Studies
  • History
  • Sociology and Political Science


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