Between politics and politics of identity: the case of the Arab Jews

Tal, David (2017) Between politics and politics of identity: the case of the Arab Jews. Journal of Levantine Studies, 7 (1). pp. 57-7. ISSN 2222-9973

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The article introduces the term “political Arab Jew,” its nature and meaning. It will show that proponents of the Arab Jew seek to separate the ethnic from the national, the Jew from the Zionist, and realign ethnic identities: Arabs, who include Jews and Muslims, vs. Ashkenazim/Zionists. They do so by creating an “imagined community,” by rejecting an ascriptive identity based on an ethnic/national juxtaposition, and by suggesting their own kind of identity, a self-ascriptive identity that separates the ethnos from the nation. They have failed in their mission, as the majority of Jews of Middle Eastern and North African origin reject the Arab Jew definer as representing their own identity. Even the more militant Mizrahim, who are fighting to change Mizrahi-Ashkenazi relations, limit their activities to the cultural field; when their goal is to redefine the place of the Mizrahim in Israel, they do so from within, not outside of, Jewish/Zionist society.

Item Type: Article
Schools and Departments: School of History, Art History and Philosophy > History
Subjects: H Social Sciences
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Depositing User: David Tal
Date Deposited: 12 Apr 2016 09:14
Last Modified: 12 Jul 2017 02:37

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