Are Israelis racist?

Lack of integration contributes to the disease of racism in Israeli society.

April 22, 2012 18:21
4 minute read.
Ethiopian-Israelis at a protest against racism

Ethiopian-Israelis at a demonstration against racism 311. (photo credit: Marc Israel Sellem)


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On Thursday night, Channel 2's documentary program "Ha-Sipur" aired an episode on racism in Israeli society, based on Jane Elliot's famous "Brown Eyes vs. Blue Eyes" experiment. The point of the program was to raise the issue of racism in Israeli society, though the focus was put squarely on intra-Jewish racism (i.e. between Jews of European descent, or "Ashkenazim," and those of Middle Eastern descent, referred to as "Mizrahim").

Coming on the heels of Israel's Holocaust Remembrance Day, it was intended to rattle cages.  In this regard, the producers of the program should be congratulated for starting the much needed discussion. However, to be frank, the program should have pushed the envelope much, much further.


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