Professor Sammy Smooha, University of Haifa
Israel Studies 19.3 (2014): Table of Contents
Special Section: Israel and the United States
Turning Point on the Road to Peace: The Government of Yitzhak Rabin and the Interim Agreement with Egypt (Sinai II)
“About 1000 Haredim, Members of Ha’eda Haharedit”: Linguistic Patterns and Rhetorical Functions of Generalizations in the Israeli News
Israel’s Security Networks: A Theoretical and Comparative Perspective by Gabriel Sheffer and Oren Barak (review)
Sion, Liora. “Passing as Hybrid: Arab-Palestinian Teachers in Jewish Schools.” Ethnic and Racial Studies (online first: 2013).
In this paper I examine how Arab-Palestinians who teach Arabic in Jewish schools appropriate performative identity strategies through passing as hybrid to gain inclusion into the schools. The paradox is that although these teachers are recruited specifically because they are Arabs, they are expected by teachers and students to conceal their Arabness. I argue that because of the ethno-national bright boundaries in Israel, which do not encourage integration but hybridization into roles defined by the state, Arabs cannot and mostly do not want to pass as Israeli-Jews but as good Arabs who do not reside beyond the binarism Jew/Arab but are in-betweens.