Palestinians in Jerusalem and Jaffa, 1948

Palestinians in Jerusalem and Jaffa, 1948 : A Tale of Two Cities

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Between November 1947 and May 1948 war between the Palestinian Arab community and the Jewish community encompassed Palestine, with Jerusalem and Jaffa becoming focal points in the conflict due to their centrality, size and symbolic importance. Palestinians in Jerusalem and Jaffa, 1948 examines Palestinian Arab society, institutions, and fighters in Jerusalem and Jaffa during the conflict. It is one of the first books in English that deals with the Palestinian Arabs at this crucial and tragic moment in their history, with extensive use of Arabic sources and an inquiry from the Palestinian vantage point. It examines the causes of the social collapse of the Palestinian Arab communities in Jerusalem and Jaffa during the 1948 inter-communal war, and the impact of this collapse on the military defeat. This book reveals that the most important internal factors to the Palestinian defeat were the social changes that took place in Arab society during the British Mandate, namely internal migration from rural areas to the cities, the shift from agriculture to wage labour, and the rise of the urban middle class. By looking beyond the well-established external factors, this study uncovers how modernity led to a breakdown within Palestinian Arab society, widening social fissures without producing effective institutions, and thus alienating social classes both from each other and from the leadership. With careful examination of a range of sources and informed analysis of Palestinian social history, Palestinians in Jerusalem and Jaffa, 1948 is a key resource for students and scholars interested in the modern Middle East, Palestinian Studies, the Arab-Israeli conflict and Israel more

Product details

  • Hardback | 224 pages
  • 156 x 234 x 20.32mm | 453g
  • Taylor & Francis Ltd
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • Translation
  • 24 black & white illustrations, 24 black & white halftones
  • 1138946532
  • 9781138946538

About Itamar Radai

Itamar Radai is academic director of the Konrad Adenauer Program for Jewish-Arab Cooperation and a research fellow at the Moshe Dayan Center for Middle Eastern and African Studies, Tel Aviv more

Review quote

"A new and pioneering work sheds light on these similar, yet different cities... a thorough, in-depth study of Palestinian society in an attempt to explain its debacle... a comprehensive picture based on a variety of sources... an account in which the abundance of details does not obscure the view of the general course of events... a rare scholarly achievement, particularly in the highly charged Middle Eastern atmosphere." -Shlomo Avineri, Professor Emeritus of Political Science, Hebrew University of Jerusalem Friday, August 7, 2015 | Haaretz "Radai is to be congratulated for his readable, thought provoking, challenging, and sensitive study - one that has been nicely translated from Hebrew by Haim Watzman, and includes good British-made maps of the period to guide readers. It is an interesting, exciting read." - Matthew Hughes, Middle East Journalshow more

Table of contents

Introduction Part One: Jerusalem: The Battle for the Holy City Chapter 1: Jerusalem at War Chapter 2: The Collapse of the Middle Class - The Case of Qatamon Chapter 3: Jerusalem Resists Part Two: Jaffa: The Bride of the Sea in Distress Chapter 4: Jaffa on the Eve of the War Chapter 5: Jaffa as a Battlefield Chapter 6: The Fall of Jaffa Conclusionshow more