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The Arab Minority in Israel,
                        1967–1991Political Aspects$
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Jacob M. Landau

Print publication date: 1993

Print ISBN-13: 9780198277125

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198277125.001.0001

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Problems of Identity

Problems of Identity

(p.162) 9 Problems of Identity
The Arab Minority in Israel, 1967–1991

Alison Sharrock

Oxford University Press

This chapter discusses the identity problem of the Arab minority in Israel. A study suggests that the identity of Arabs in Israel classified into four concentric circles, which may be labelled Israeli, Palestinian, Arab, and Islamic. Arabs perceive their identity as a mixture of these four concentric circles, and this is responsible for their identity crisis. The Arabs cannot define their own collective belonging and group relationship, but they need to deal with the challenge of coping with the problems of identity because it is a central facet to the politicization and radicalization that they are currently undergoing.

Keywords:   identity problem, Arab minority, Israel, collective belonging, group relationship, identity crisis

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