Surrounded: Palestinian Soldiers in the Israeli Military

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Afterword
Unsettling Methods

I CONDUCTED TEN MONTHS of what turned out to be challenging and profoundly humbling fieldwork from 2000 to 2005, and interviewed seventy-two Arab men and three Arab women who had served in various branches of the Israeli security apparatus, the military, the Border Guard, and the police force. They served for periods ranging from eight months to twenty-three years, many of them in more than one branch.

I attempted to interview soldiers from a variety of religious, economic, educational, and regional backgrounds. This group of men and women included Muslims, Christians, and Bedouins (I also interviewed eleven Druze soldiers). The majority of interviewees (59) identified themselves economically as lower- or lower-middle class, whereas the rest claimed middle-class status. Only two had a postsecondary education prior to enlistment (none had a Bachelor's degree). Most hailed from three major regions where Palestinians live in Israel (the Galilee, the Triangle, and the Naqab), in Arab villages (recognized and unrecognized) or towns in Israel, and four lived in mixed Arab-Jewish cities. Several were defined by the state as “present absentees” (refugees expelled from their homes but who remained within the borders of Israel).

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Surrounded: Palestinian Soldiers in the Israeli Military
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Table of contents

  • Stanford Studies in Middle Eastern and Islamic Societies and Cultures ii
  • Surrounded - Palestinian Soldiers in the Israeli Military iii
  • Contents vii
  • 1: Israel's Arabs 1
  • 2: Embattled Identities 9
  • 3: Conditional Citizenship 27
  • 4: Material Upgrade 35
  • 5: Military Ethnification 51
  • 6: The Limits of Being a Good Arab 61
  • 7: Broken Promises 69
  • 8: Boys or Men? Duped or “made”? 79
  • 9: Blood in the Same Mud 91
  • Afterword - Unsettling Methods 113
  • Reference Matter 127
  • Acknowledgments 129
  • Notes 133
  • Bibliography 183
  • Index 203
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