Under the Radar

Plagued with poverty and international conflict, Jerusalem's tiny Gypsy community is socially marginalized within Palestinian society and ignored by Jewish society.

By JUDITH SUDILOVSKY
November 9, 2010 15:35
Gypsys

Gypsys 480 x 290. (photo credit: Judith Sudilovsky)

 
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“DO YOU LIKE Gypsies?” asks pretty, dark-skinned Lilah, fixing back a twist of her hair with a hairpin. “I don’t. Gypsies are bad. Gypsies are hardheaded.”

The round-eyed 14-year-old sighs then, takes another hairpin to tuck into her neat, thick braid and says, “I wish I had light skin. My color is ugly. I wish I wasn’t a Gypsy. People make me feel bad.”

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