Israel's new shekel bills summon national demon
When the Bank of Israel unveiled a new set of bills featuring Zionist poets - all of whom happen to be Ashkenazi - it unleashed ethnic resentments Israel thought it had long ago banished.
In theory, at least, the presentation of new bills of Israeli currency is a joyous occasion. Like kids in a candy store, we're supposed to marvel at our new, shiny, more colorful shekel bills and honor the miscellaneous historical figures printed on them, before quickly getting used to the bills, putting them in our pockets and moving on – spending them as we go along. But every once in a while,...
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