Kiryat Shmona transit camp in 1955. Kiryat Shmona History Museum

The Yemenite Immigrants Who Rebelled Against the New Israeli State

Amid efforts to force a secular lifestyle on them, new arrivals at a transit camp in northern Israel in 1949 demanded a synagogue and threatened a hunger strike over the absence of religious education.

One of the things Sara Damri remembers to this day is the anger of Yemenite immigrants who were sent to a place in northern Israel that was devoid of synagogues, and being forced to wage a battle to keep their...

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