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|Title:||Battling Against Interfaith Relations in Israel: Religion, Therapy, and Social Services|
|Keywords:||Inter-faith relations;Israel;Social services;Discourse analysis;Risk|
|Citation:||Journal of Marital and Family Therapy, 2015|
|Abstract:||One of the less studied aspects of the Israeli–Palestinian conflict is its demography. On the Jewish side, active steps are taken by the state to encourage Jewish immigration and Jewish births and discourage Jewish assimilation. As part of these efforts, the “problematic relationships” between Arab men and Jewish women from low socioeconomic background have become a high agenda item in public discussions in Israel during the last decade. I will examine here how the diagnostic category “girls at risk” and a therapeutic intervention employed by social services dealing with these couples helps maintaining the delicate balance between Jewish and democratic values. I will analyze these practices as a solution to a structural problem of the Jewish enclave in Israel.|
|Appears in Collections:||Dept of Life Sciences Research Papers|
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