Monthly Archives: April 2015

Ashkenazim looking down on Mizrahim – from the 60s and back to the 30s

In July 1962, a meeting between then-Prime Minister David Ben-Gurion, one of Israel’s founding fathers, and the country’s teachers union descended into a volatile discussion on the divide between Jews of European origin – Ashkenazim – and Jews of Middle … Continue reading

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An 1843 report of Passover blood libel in the Middle East

The blood libel, an accusation that Jews kidnapped and killed non-Jewish children, using their blood to bake unleavened bread, or matzah, for Passover, is one of the key anti-Semitic tropes. During the seven-day Passover holiday, which ends tomorrow, Jews mark the exodus from Egypt … Continue reading

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Just in time for Passover, Israel continues denying African asylum seekers their freedom

One night during the war last summer, I was sitting in a bar in Tel Aviv,  when a random guy sat down next to me and started up a conversation. He was from Haifa and had come down to Tel … Continue reading

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