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  •  As for the cultural issues (1+ / 0-)
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    whizdom

    you assertions are not entirely correct. Half of Jews are Arab Jews who have a 'culture' that is far more similar to that of Palestinians than that of the Ashkenazi elite. Not only that, they faced discrimination in Israel as well as the loss of their language and culture. As an example see this article on Cafe Noah in Tel Aviv where Arab Jews gathered, often in secret to listen and play Arabic music and the arts. The history of Arab Jews was and to some extent still is denied/diminshed in Euro-cenric/Americanised Israel but people like Ella Shohat whose essays and books analyse the Arab Jewish experience are invaluable in our understanding of this displaced community. And it's ironic since the Modern Hebrew as spoken in Israel owes much to the Arabic language particularly in vocabulary and syntactical structures.

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