Oriental Neighbors

Middle Eastern Jews and Arabs in Mandatory Palestine

Abigail Jacobson and Moshe Naor

Oriental Neighbors

Abigail Jacobson and Moshe Naor

Distributed for Brandeis University Press

286 pages | 6 x 9
Paper $35.00 ISBN: 9781512600063 Published December 2016
Cloth $95.00 ISBN: 9781512600056 Published December 2016
Focusing on Oriental Jews and their relations with their Arab neighbors in Mandatory Palestine, this book analyzes the meaning of the hybrid Arab-Jewish identity that existed among Oriental Jews, and discusses their unique role as political, social, and cultural mediators between Jews and Arabs. Integrating Mandatory Palestine and its inhabitants into the contemporary Semitic-Levantine surroundings, Oriental Neighbors illuminates broad areas of cooperation and coexistence, which coincided with conflict and friction, between Oriental and Sephardi Jews and their Arab neighbors. The book brings the Oriental Jewish community to the fore, examines its role in the Zionist nation-building process, and studies its diverse and complex links with the Arab community in Palestine.
Contents
Acknowledgments • Introduction • The Road Not Taken: The Ethnic Problem and the Arab Question • Natives of the Orient: Political and Social Rapprochement • Cultural Politics: Journalistic, Cultural, and Linguistic Mediation • Mixing and Unmixing in the Oriental Ghettos • Crossing the Lines: The Security Border between Jews and Arabs • Epilogue • Notes • Bibliography • Index
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