This book, first published in 1969, presents a comprehensive survey and analysis of the political behaviour of the Arabs in Israel, covering the period from the founding of the State to the Six-Day War in 1967. While the socio-economic background is outlined, the chief emphasis is on the political attitudes of this minority and its reactions to the modernization of political structures. The main chapters deal with adaptation versus alienation; cultural change and its reflection in politics; political organizations; voting behaviour in parliamentary, local, and trade union elections; leadership and the foci of political activity. Materials used for research included the Israeli press, both in Arabic and Hebrew, the literature produced by the Arabs in Israel, official publications and private reports, as well as interviews conducted with Arabs from all over the country.
1. Introduction: Some Basic Data 2. Adaptation or Alienation 3. Cultural Change and its Reflection in Politics 4. Political Organizations 5. The Arabs in Parliamentary Elections 6. The Arabs in Local and Trade Union Elections 7. Leadership and Foci of Political Activity 8. Concluding Remarks Appendices A. Rustum Bastuni on Integrating the Arabs in Israel B. Manifesto of the Arab Students’ Committee C. Tawfiq Tubi on the Arabs in Israel D. Al-Ard’s Memorandum on the Arabs in Israel E. Excerpts from the Israeli Arab Awareness F. Amnon Lin on the Arabs and the Sixth Knesset Elections G. Some Resolutions of the Tenth Congress of the Histadrut H. First Speech by an Arab Member of the Knesset I. Al-Rabita Asks the Arab Minority: ‘Quo Vadis?’ J. Editorial in The Message of the Club in Tira K. The Questionnaire L. Interviewing the Arabs: Some Conclusions