“And I Wanted to Do Something Nice, Like they have up in Hadar”
This chapter reconsiders the events of the 1959 Wadi Salib riots, examining them through the lens of how the legal system dealt with the leaders of the protest. It also looks into the deliberations of the state commission of inquiry, which served as a representation of the web of intra-Jewish relations. The urban topography, which generates congruence between geographic location, ethnic affiliation, and social class in Wadi Salib, emerges from the discussions of the inquiry. The chapter traces this topography during the period of British occupation, when segregation could already be discerned with Haifa’s rapid development toward the end of the Ottoman period. The British reluctance to invest in the city’s development deepened thee economic disparity between the Arab neighborhoods which failed to mobilize outside capital for their development, and the Jewish neighborhoods designed according to town planning principles and built with financial support mobilized by the Zionist movement.
Keywords: 1959 Wadi Salib riots, commission of inquiry, intra-Jewish relations, urban topography, geographic location, ethnic affiliation, social class, British occupation of Palestine, Zionist movement
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