Shaping Israeli-Arab Identity in Hebrew Words: The Case of Sayed Kashua

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Most research and surveys that deal with the complex identity of the Arabs in Israel refer to the Arab, Palestinian, and Israeli components in their identity. Kashua adds the Jewish-Zionist component to the discussion and explores its dominance in shaping the identities of the Arabs in Israel. I use the term Jewish-Arab as a mirror image of the Arab-Jew in order to analyze the conflicted identity of Kashu's Arab characters. The use of the identity of Arab-Jew by the third generation of Mizrahi writers functions as a challenge to the hegemony of Zionist discourse. Kashua's Herzl Disappears at Midnight (2005) and Second Person Singular (2008) create a realization of the term Jewish-Arab and take the situation of the conflicted identity to an extreme and provocative end, in order to emphasize the dead-end situation of Arabs in Israel.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)146-169
Number of pages24
JournalIsrael Studies
Issue number1
StatePublished - Apr 2013


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