Jewish or Arab hired workers? Inner tensions in a Jewish settlement in pre-state Israel

Yair Seltenreich

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The agricultural settlement was essential in the process of establishing the state of Israel. In the 19203 the Zionist leadership claimed exclusivity in employing Hebrew workers. This research focuses on the lone Moshava settlement, and examines the reasons why its farmers, opposing the hegemonic ethos, preferred the employment of Arab workers. In the broader historical context, this article's interest is the possible reactions of a peripheral social group straining under the pressure of the hegemonic elite. The research shows how the farmers' position caused increasing involvement by powerful external organizations in the decision-making process of employment, to such an extent that the farmers virtually lost their control of the matter. Furthermore, the research illustrates how the fact that national institutions and the Hebrew workers belonging to the same ideological environment caused social values to be identified with national values and favoured them over economic values.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)225-248+363+365+367+369
JournalInternational Review of Social History
Issue number2
StatePublished - 1 Aug 2004
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • History
  • Social Sciences (miscellaneous)


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