in israel lies within the context of its construction of a "Western" self-identity. Ethnic minorities differentiate themselves by constructing stratification along the East/West and dark-skinned/fair-skinned axis. Just as Ashkenazim, trying to rid themselves of a stigma as orientals, have historically cast themselves "West" of Ostjuden, who repeated this toward Mizrachim, the Muslim Arab and the African non-Jew have become the lowest echelons of Israel's social stratification.
Trump: Middle East would be more stable if Saddam, Gaddafi still in power (Reuters)
from the article: Shattering a stigma