Israel, the Jewish diaspora, and the Palestinian refugee issue: a mixed relationship

Jonathan Grossman, Omri Shafer Raviv

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This paper explores how powerful diaspora individuals become involved in homeland affairs and the resulting struggles over agency and influence between diaspora and homeland actors. To this end, we analyze plans advanced by Jewish diaspora individuals to resolve the Palestinian Refugee Problem in the wake of the 1967 War and Israel’s reactions to these plans. On the one hand, Israeli officials were interested in the diaspora entrepreneurs’ resources, were careful not to antagonize them, and were willing to hear their suggestions. On the other hand, they generally opposed the diaspora’s involvement in a sensitive political issue such as the Refugee Problem. Israel’s reluctance led to a complex dynamic, in which Israel and the diaspora entrepreneurs negotiated the extent and nature of diasporic action.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1686-1704
Number of pages19
JournalJournal of Ethnic and Migration Studies
Issue number7
StatePublished - 1 Jan 2023
Externally publishedYes


  • Arab-Israeli conflict
  • Israel
  • Palestinian Refugee Problem
  • diaspora
  • diaspora entrepreneurs

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Demography
  • Arts and Humanities (miscellaneous)


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