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Preventing Inter-faith relations in Israel through social services and the media


Project description

One of the less studied aspects of the Israeli–Palestinian conflict is its demography. On the Jewish side, active steps are taken by the State to encourage Jewish immigration and Jewish births and discourage Jewish assimilation. As part of these efforts, the “problematic relationships” between Arab men and Jewish women from low socioeconomic background have become a high agenda item in public discussions in Israel during the last decade. This project aims to examine the involvement of social services and the media in preventing such relations.

The first stage of this project used secondary materials which included media representations, transcripts of discussion in different committees in the Israeli parliament (Knesset), as well as a range of documents from different governmental agencies. I plan to further develop this project using primary data, after sufficient funding is secured.




Hakak, Y. (2015) '‘Undesirable relationships’ between Jewish Women and Arab Men: representation and discourse in contemporary Israel'. Ethnic and Racial Studies. doi10.1080/01419870.2015.1103877 Download publication

Hakak, Y. (2015) 'Battling Against Interfaith Relations in Israel: Religion, Therapy, and Social Services'. Journal of Marital and Family Therapy. doi: 10.1111/jmft.12123 Download publication