The Palestinian minority IN the state of Israel

Challenging Jewish hegemony in difficult times

Authored by: Aviad Rubin

Routledge Handbook of Minorities in the Middle East

Print publication date:  October  2018
Online publication date:  September  2018

Print ISBN: 9781138649040
eBook ISBN: 9781315626031
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The Palestinian citizens of Israel are a unique minority in the Arab World in several respects. To begin with, they are a rare instance of a historical Arab minority among the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region countries, most of which are predominantly Arab. In addition, they constitute only a minor fraction of the entire Palestinian people who spread in several neighboring Arab countries as refugees (in Syria, Lebanon, and Egypt) or as citizens (in Jordan), in the Palestinian Occupied Territories (POT) of the West Bank and Gaza, and in diaspora outside the Middle East. Finally, the Palestinian minority in Israel is unique in that it operates within the democratic system of the state of Israel that, despite its limitations and discrimination toward non-Jews in the Jewish state, facilitates channels of operation and expression that are not enjoyed by other minorities in Arab countries.

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