The Russians in Israel : Identity, Tribalism and Multiculturalism

Majid Al-Haj, Deborah Bernstein, Larissa I. Remennick, Moshe Semyonov

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"This book constitutes the first systematic and critical discussion of questions of immigration and society in Israel from a global perspective. The comprehensive study covers the thirty-year period since the beginning of the immigrant influx from the former Soviet Union in the 1990s and incorporates data based on a variety of quantitative and qualitative research methods. It provides an important opportunity to examine identity and patterns of adaptation among immigrants, with the added perspective afforded by the passage of time. Moreover, it sheds light on the Russians' cumulative influence on Israeli society and on the Israel-Palestinian conflict. Considering all groups within Israeli society, it covers Palestinian-Arab citizens in Israel who have almost never been included in analyses addressing questions of Jewish immigration to Israel. Multiculturalism is the central theoretical framework of this study, alongside specific theoretical considerations of ethnic formation, political mobilization among ethnic groups, and immigration and conflict in deeply divided societies. However, whilst Jewish-Arab relations in Israel are typically analyzed in the context of majority-minority relations, this book offers a pioneering approach that analyses these relations within the context of a Jewish majority with a minority phobia and an Arab minority with a sense of regional majority. Addressing existing and anticipated influences of Russian immigrants on politics, culture and social structures in Israel, as well as the Israel-Palestinian conflict, The Russians in Israel will be useful to students and scholars of Middle Eastern politics and society"-- Provided by publisher.
Original languageAmerican English
Title of host publicationThe Center for Multiculturalism and Educational Research
Place of PublicationHaifa
PublisherThe Center for Multiculturalism and Educational Research, University of Haifa
Number of pages81
StatePublished - 2020

Bibliographical note

Includes bibliographical references.


  • Jews, Russian -- Israel -- Identity
  • Jews, Soviet -- Israel -- Identity
  • Multiculturalism -- Israel
  • Former Soviet republics -- Emigration and immigration
  • Israel -- Emigration and immigration
  • Israel -- Ethnic relations
  • Russia -- Emigration and immigration


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