Inequalities In Israel

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Gabi Ashkenazi

IN ISRAEL, THE BIG INEQUALITY GAP is not so much between the Israeli Jews vs the few Israeli Palestinians still in Israel, as it is between the Mizrahi Jews.(sometimes called Arab Jews) and the Ashkenazi Jews (European Jews). In the early 1970s, American Black Panther, Angela Davis, led a large Mizrahi protest. The Mizrahi Jews even formed their own Black Panther party. At one time, the Mizrahi Jews made up the largest percentage of Israel's population, but very few were allowed to hold political office.

Ashkenazim constitute more than 80 percent of all the Jews in the world, vastly outnumbering Sephardic Jews. In the late 20th century, Ashkenazic Jews numbered more than 11 million. In Israel the numbers of Ashkenazim and Sephardim are roughly equal, and the chief rabbinate has both an Ashkenazic and a Sephardic chief rabbi on equal footing. All Reform and Conservative Jewish congregations belong to the Ashkenazic tradition

The influx of Russian Jews pushed the Mizrahi further into the Israeli ghettos, which they share with the Palestinians. Ironically, the ghetto dwellings are some of Israel's most beautiful examples of Oriental architecture. Consequently, wealthy Ashkenazi Jews are booting out the Mizrahis and Palestinians so that they can renovate them into posh lofts. As the Ashkenazi Jews get richer, the Mizrahis get poorer. By appearances, the Ashkenazi and Mizrahis are two entirely different ethnic groups. In Israel, not all Jews are created equal. The are becoming more unequal all the time.

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