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    • Smadar
    • 05.11.12 | 07:37 (IST)

    it's also part of a democracy that this supposedly "ethnic" base which comprises most of Shas supporters or Likud supports too, deserve representation of their interests, whether socioeconomic or religious concerns. It's all part of an Israeli democracy. But the wrong point is being emphasized, it's their politics which is the more significant "handicap" of that ethnic labelling - too right-wing and unwilling to make compromises as most Ashkenazim - excluding myself, of course, I'm an Israeli of Iraqi Jewish (Mizrahi background) living in Diaspora who is a peace advocate. The majority of "peaceniks" are Ashkenazim and the greater numbers of Mizrahim are not particularly interested in reconciliation, in fact, they don't want to hear about it! But what's funny about this discussion is that the real "ethnic" entity in the Middle East is not the Sephardim or Mizrahim - it's the European descendent Ashkenazim. It's a real balagan. Look it, U.S. President Obama has the majority of non-white population, which comprises of 40% Americans, who will vote for him. It's part of the equation, but not everything - one votes for one who they can identify with and that they accept their policies-on-the-whole. One day ethnicity and race will not matter.

    from the article: We are all tribal
    First published 02:53 05.11.12 | Last updated 02:53 05.11.12
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