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    • ERSB
    • 28.12.10 | 14:54 (IST)

    Merav wouldn't want to miss an opportunity to bash Israel and declare how terrible we are. As is usually the case with simplistic, black and white analysis, the truth is far more complex and nuanced. Was there ethnic descriminaiton against Jews from muslim countries during the early years of the state? Definately. Was it as terrible as Merav portrays it? Definately Not! Plenty of European Jewish refugees who arrived after '48 faced the indignaty of being sprayed with DDT upon arrival and were then shunted off to "mabarot" refugee camps just like Sepharadim. I have a friend who made aliya from Romania (as Ashkenazi as they come) during the '60s and he and his family were shipped off to Dimona just like so many North African Jews. Sepharadim tended to be more religious and the official policy was to push immigrants into secular schools, but that applied to ashkenazi, religious immigrants too. Yes, the cultural milieu (music, art, literature, etc...) during the '50s - '80s was completely European. But to be fair, that was well before multiculturalism and appreciation for ethnic culture became popular anywhere in the west, Israel's elites were no different in that respect than the elites anywhere else in the world. Today, Israel's culture has come full circle, mizrachi culture (food & music) is cool while all things Ashkenazi (from gefillte fish to klezmer) are for nerds. So while Israel could've have been a lot better it's not nearly as bad as Merav portrays it.

    from the article: Make no mistake - Israelis have always been racist
    First published 01:06 28.12.10 | Last updated 01:06 28.12.10
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