Clash of Identities: Explorations in Israeli and Palestinian by Baruch Kimmerling

By Baruch Kimmerling

By revisiting the earlier hundred years of shared Palestinian and Jewish-Israeli historical past, Baruch Kimmerling unearths incredible kinfolk of impression among a stateless indigenous society and the settler-immigrants who might later shape the kingdom of Israel. Shattering our assumptions approximately those probably irreconcilable cultures, Kimmerling composes a cosmopolitan portrait of 1 side's habit and features and how during which they irrevocably formed these of the other.

Kimmerling makes a speciality of the clashes, tensions, and complementarities that hyperlink Jewish, Palestinian, and Israeli identities. He explores the phenomena of reciprocal relationships among Jewish and Arab groups in vital Palestine, kinfolk among kingdom and society in Israel, styles of militarism, the issues of jurisdiction in an immigrant-settler society, and the continuing fight of Israel to accomplish legitimacy as either a Jewish and a democratic nation. by means of merging Israeli and Jewish stories with an enormous physique of scholarship on Palestinians and the center East, Kimmerling introduces a special conceptual framework for studying the cultural, political, and fabric overlap of either societies. A needs to learn for these fascinated with Israel and the relatives among Jews and Arabs, conflict of Identities is a provocative exploration of the ever-evolving, always-contending identities on hand to Israelis and Palestinians and the interesting contexts within which they take form.

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Agent and agency must be everything or nothing. We aim to merge two different approaches and levels of analysis, and then to test our proposal empirically. The theoretical approach that we use to complement that of Giddens is the collective identity approach at different levels of the social order. Our empirical test consists of a case study comparing the Israeli Jewish population to the Israeli Arab population. Social Agents as Carriers of Social Identity Every valid collective identity—that is, one that is held by substantial numbers of a real or imaginary collectivity and defines the boundaries and rules within this collectivity—must also be a personal identity.

What characterized the interaction on the level of primary relations was the shared tendency toward separation in sensitive areas, such as living quarters and marriage, not necessarily connected to political relations between the two communities. Cultural and primordial differences were an part of the social structures of the two communities, and had as much effect as the conflicting political interests. Although from time to time there were changes in the strategies of interaction—mainly, the Arab strategies during the period of intensification of political conflict—it seems that there were no rapid or drastic changes in the system’s A Model for Analyzing Reciprocal Relations 23 output, and so not only is there justification for presenting a model profile for the partners’ interaction, but the profile even maintains relative stability throughout the period studied.

However, its success was only symbolic, as by 1946 it had raised only 150 pounds sterling and transferred to the waqf, the Islamic religious endowments, only about 15,000 dunums of land. 38 An organized Jewish defense in the form of a semi-underground militia that came to be called the Haganah had existed for some time, though it was neither very active nor very efficient,39 and its existence, structure, and activities were well known to the Arab side. The Arab community did not copy the Haganah’s modes of operation, but the desire to establish armed forces that would operate deliberately rather than sporadically and by chance and was certainly influenced by the Jewish paramilitary organization.

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