The Ethiopian jews in Israel

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This chapter analyzes the status of the Ethiopian Jews community in Israel. Racism has been a core element in the treatment of Zionism and the State of Israel toward Ethiopian Jews, starting from pre-immigration to present days. Their trapped status as immigrants who fall between Zionism and the settler colonial state is brought to the forefront of the analysis; on the one hand, they are often treated as “settlers of color,” passive pawns brought to Israel as part of Judaizing Palestine/Israel to restrain the demographic balance and the increasing of the Arab body. On the other, the Zionist-Israeli perspective treats them from an orientalist’s mindset. This outlook is manifested in various fields such as the hesitant immigration policies, questioning their Jewish-religious roots, and the daily racism they experience in the fields of housing, education, employment and more. The last part engages with the mechanisms they have developed to cope with racism, mostly by alienating themselves from Israeli identity and identifying with global black identity through cultural and artistic means.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationRoutledge Handbook on Contemporary Israel
EditorsGuy Ben-Porat, Yariv Feniger, Dani Filc, Paula Kabalo, Julia Mirsky
Place of PublicationLondon
Number of pages12
ISBN (Electronic)9781000591149
ISBN (Print)9780429281013
StatePublished - 29 Jul 2022

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Social Sciences
  • General Arts and Humanities


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