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Social Contacts and Social Relationships between Jews and Arabs living in a Mixed Neighborhood in an Israeli Town*

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A representative sample of Jews and Arabs living in the Wolfson quarter of Acre (in Israel), door to door, in common apartment blocks, was interviewed. The interviews focussed on such topics as general background, social contacts, neighbor-relationship and attitudes. The data of the survey indicate the emergence of a pattern of positive primary relationship between Jews and Arabs living in the close neighborhood situation. However, they indicated also existing social distance between the groups. No outspoken trends of acculturation or assimilation were discerned. The majority of Jews and Arabs expressed satisfaction of the joint living but indicated preference for preservation of their religious, cultural and national identities. The findings do not justify generalizations about joint living of Arabs and Jews in Israel, but are conclusive for the specific neighborhood investigated.


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