Background: Risk factors for B-cell non-Hodgkin lymphoma (B-NHL) have not been assessed among Palestinian Arabs (PA) and Israeli Jews (IJ). Methods: In a case-control study we investigated self-reported medical and lifestyle exposures, reporting odds ratios (ORs) and 95% confidence intervals [CIs], by ethnicity, for overall B-NHL and subtypes. Results: We recruited 823 cases and 808 healthy controls. Among 307 PA/516 IJ B-NHL cases (mean age at diagnosis = 51 [±17] versus 60 [±15] years, respectively) subtype distributions differed, with diffuse large B-cell lymphoma (DLBCL) being prominent among PA (71%) compared to IJ (41%); follicular lymphoma (FL), was observed in 14% versus 28%, and marginal zone lymphoma, in 2% versus 14%, respectively. Overall B-NHL in both populations was associated with recreational sun exposure OR = 1.43 [CI:1.07-1.91], black hair-dye use OR = 1.70 [CI:1.00-2.87], hospitalization for infection OR = 1.68 [CI:1.34-2.11], and first-degree relative with hematopoietic cancer, OR = 1.69 [CI:1.16-2.48]. An inverse association was noted with alcohol use, OR = 0.46 [CI:0.34-0.62]. Subtype-specific exposures included smoking (FL, OR = 1.46 [CI:1.01-2.11]) and >monthly indoor pesticide use (DLBCL, OR = 2.01 [CI:1.35-3.00]). Associations observed for overall B-NHL in PA only included: gardening OR = 1.93 [CI:1.39-2.70]; history of herpes, mononucleosis, rubella, blood transfusion (OR>2.5, P<0.01 for all); while for IJ risk factors included growing fruits and vegetables, OR = 1.87 [CI:1.11-3.15]; and self-reported autoimmune diseases, OR = 1.99 [CI:1.34-2.95]. Conclusions: In these geographically proximate populations we found some unique risk factors for B-NHL. Heterogeneity in the observed associations by ethnicity could reflect differences in lifestyle, medical systems, and reporting patterns, while variations by histology infer specific etiologic factors for lymphoma subtypes.