The processes and changes in the State of Israel that have taken place since its establishment have not bypassed the Arab population, which in 2009 numbered 1.25 million souls, some 17 percent of the total population. Nevertheless, the attitude toward this population runs the gamut between inclusion and exclusion, and integration and isolation. Six decades after the establishment of the state, great gaps still exist between its Jewish and Arab citizens.
Arab Society in Israel (3), like its predecessors, combines data and information about the Arab population in Israel with a discussion of central issues pertaining to this society and the connections between it and the state of Israel and the Jewish majority. The book sheds light on the situation of Arab society in the complex reality of Israel at the end of the first decade of the 2000s and presents a reliable profile of major areas of life in this society: demographics, work, status of living, education and higher education, and local government. Arab scholars in the humanities and the social sciences, headed by the geographer and urban planner Prof. Rassem Khamaisi, took part in preparing the book. The data were assembled by the book’s statistical editor, Ramsis Gera, with the help of a team of statisticians.
Their work presents insights regarding a variety of aspects: social, economic, communal, and political.
Arab Society in Israel (3): Population, Society, Economy is a research tool of the highest order. It is intended for researchers of Arab society in Israel and also for policy-makers, media professionals, students, and all who seek greater knowledge of Arab society in Israel.