International Journal of Humanities and Social Science

ISSN 2220-8488 (Print), 2221-0989 (Online) 10.30845/ijhss

Arabic and the Cultural and National discourses in Jaffa
Abed el-Rahman Tayyara

Abstract
The paper examinesthe literature of the field regarding the political and cultural identity of the Palestinian minority in Israel in general; and the extent to which use of Arabic by Palestinians in the city of Jaffa reflects their national and cultural identity. The article shows that studies published since the 1950s revolve around two main methodical spheres: the sociopolitical space and the sociolinguistic behavior. As to follow the pinpoint the differences between these studies, this paper divide them into four main rubrics: sociolinguistic, collective identity, Jews- Arabs coexistence, and education. The vast majority of these studies fall under two rubrics: collective identity and education. The reason behind this trend is the ongoing Israeli-Palestinian conflict and its effects on the political and social discourses. This paper also finds that most of these studies call on the Israeli governments to bridge the socio-economic and educational gaps between Arabs and Jews in order to create a society that promotes equal rights for its all members.

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