Challenging Assumptions About Coexistence in Jaffa

How do current events affect Jewish-Arab relations in Jaffa? Anthropologist Daniel Monterescu, a Jaffa-born expert on mixed cities, believes the recent protests reflect a desire for integration, not a shift toward religious extremism.

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Last week’s demonstrations by Jaffa Arabs to protest the events at Jerusalem’s Al-Aqsa Mosque did not shake Daniel Monterescu’s confidence in relations between Jews and Arabs in the city. Monterescu, an urban...