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27-31 August 2019
Poznań, Poland
Europe/Warsaw timezone
programme last update: 23 August 2019
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Poznań, Poland - Morasko Kampus, room: 3.94

Crossing Borders: Jewish and Arab Mixed Families in Israel


  • Alice GAYA

Primary authors


Mixed Jewish-Arab couples and mixed families living in Israel constitute social phenomena that have never been thoroughly researched up to now. Such families are a rare exception in our region and tend to be socially illegitimated by both societies. The study asks who crosses this social boundary, what are the living realities that such unions craft for the mixed family, and ultimately, can the phenomenon of mixed marriages contribute to making a more peaceful future in the Middle-East. From these broad questions, a number of secondary questions arise: How are these relationships formed? What mechanisms make it possible to create such a relationship? How do the couples choose to raise their children in terms of the main spoken language at home, education and religious practices? With what identity do the children grow up? Do they feel Palestinian, Israelis or have a mixed identity? Does it form solidarities? What kind of relationship exists in the daily life between the mixed families and their extended families? Does the tension and hostility between the larger social groups seep into the marital relationship and if so, in what ways? In this lecture, I will discuss the emerge of solidarity between Israel and Palestine in the families daily life and the ways its affect their local social circles. Therefore, I will discuss the nature of the phenomena, its scope and the way it is perceived by both spouses on all levels: the nuclear family, the extended one, the community and the state.