Fear and Scorn of Mizrahim at the Funeral of Ovadia Yosef

The rabbi and his party, Shas, caused the most profound change in the Israeli set of symbols: We’re going our way, which is not your way.

Between 1977 and 1984, the hatred between right and left became an ethnic hatred. The dispute ostensibly centered around matters of land and war. The right wing kept repeating its mantra of hatred for electoral gain, while, in the consciousness of the left, Mizrahim became yet another archetype from the cache of colonial images that had previously served the early pioneers when relating...