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Title: The Palestinians seen through the Israeli cultural paradigm
Authors: Haidar, Aziz 
Zureik, Elia 
Keywords: Jewish-Arab relations - Social aspects;Israel - Culture;Palestinian Arabs - Attitudes - Israel;Palestinian Arabs - Foreign public opinion - Israel
Issue Date: 1987
Publisher: Journal of Palestine Studies
Abstract: In 1974 the American sociologist Seymour Martin Lipset commented on the paucity of research on the Arabs in Israel by saying: Almost none of the academic research and policy decisions about the problems of education, or social mobility, ever deal with Arab citizens of the country. Articles about the Israeli situation which break down attainment and statuses by ethnic background are generally headed 'The Israeli System,' but have no column for over 400,000 Israeli Arabs who comprise 14 per cent of the population of the state. I Just over a decade later, with the Palestinians in Israel proper numbering more than 600,000 and comprising 16 percent of the total population, the noted American political scientist Karl Deutsch reiterated this charge in his introduction to a volume of essays about Israeli society: It [the volume] contains not a single chapter by a social scientist of Arab background. Even if all Arabs should refuse any dialogue, their published views should be studied. Among the many references in the volume there is no appreciable number of citations from Arab newspapers, books, or scholarly papers, nor from the speeches and writings of Arab political leaders within Israel and the occupied territories, nor are even many names of such leaders to be found. So far as Israel's Arab citizens or subjects are concerned, Israeli sociological research still is at a stage where it resembles the work of an honest hardworking veterinarian whose patients do not talk
DOI: 10.2307/2536790
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