Terror, resource gains and exclusionist political attitudes among new immigrants and veteran Israelis

Eran Halperin, Daphna Canetti, Stevan E. Hobfoll, Robert J. Johnson

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Abstract

This study analyses the antecedents of exclusionist political attitudes towards Palestinian citizens of Israel among Israeli immigrants from the former Soviet Union in comparison to Old Jewish Israelis (OJI). A large-scale study of exclusionist political attitudes was conducted in the face of ongoing terrorism in Israel through telephone surveys carried out in September 2003 with 641 OJI and 131 immigrants. The main goal of the survey was to estimate the influence of perceived loss and gain of resources-as a consequence of terror-on attitudes towards Palestinian Israelis, while controlling for other relevant predictors of exclusionism-i.e. authoritarianism or threat perception. Findings obtained via interaction analyses and structural equation modelling show that a) immigrants display higher levels of exclusionist political attitudes towards Palestinian citizens of Israel than OJI; b) loss of resources, authoritarianism, and hawkish (rightist) worldviews predict exclusionist political attitudes among both immigrants and non-immigrants; c) failure to undergo post-traumatic growth (resource gain) in response to terrorism (e.g. finding meaning in life, becoming closer to others) is a significant predictor of exclusionist political attitudes only among immigrants.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)997-1014
Number of pages18
JournalJournal of Ethnic and Migration Studies
Volume35
Issue number6
DOIs
StatePublished - Jul 2009

Keywords

  • Arabs
  • Ethnic relations
  • Immigration
  • Intolerance
  • Israel
  • Terror

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Demography
  • Arts and Humanities (miscellaneous)

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