It looks like America isn’t the only place where Blacks have had enough of the police. Israel, of all places, is now seeing a wave of protests and general unrest over the supposed harsh treatment of Ethiopian Jews.
Yes, Ethiopian Jews.
Even though they are granted the privilege of full-citizenship in the Jewish ethnostate thanks to their faith, they still live their lives as second-class citizens. Under the law, they have the same rights and privileges as their Ashkenazi and Sephardic counterparts, yet they are still treated a level of suspicion usually reserved for Arab Muslims. They complain of racism and 43% of Israelis disprove of intermarriage with Ethiopians. Granted, they are still above Muslims in Israel’s social hierarchy, but not by much.
This largely unnoticed problem—at least for the West—is now blowing up due to the furor surrounding the vicious beating of an Ethiopian Israeli soldier at the hands of Israeli police. Ethiopian Jews are demanding social acceptance and the easement of tough policing on their communities. They’re Jews, too—so why should they be treated any differently?
And the answer to that question lies with Israel’s status as an ethnostate. It is not a state based on the Jewish faith, it is a state based on the Jewish people—particularly the Ashkenazi. Ethiopian Jews both look different and have a different history from that of the Ashkenazim and the Sephardim who constitute 98% of Israel’s Jewish population. They also have lower IQs and are more likely to commit crime, which explains why they are poorer and treated more harshly by the police. Sephardic Jews are more capable of fitting into this society due to their somewhat similar appearance and similar culture to Ashkenazi. They also make up the majority of the population, are committed Likud voters, and have high intermarriage rates with Ashkenazim.
What the protests in Israel reveal is a challenge to the nation’s identity and its definition of what it means to be a Jew. To most Israelis, Bar Israeli Jews are not truly Jewish due to their race. As an ethnicity-based faith, it takes more than religious belief to earn Jewish identity. Thus, it is highly probable that Black Jews will find no home in Israel as long as the nation continues to exist as an Ashkenazi/Mizrahi ethnostate. If they do assimilate, that could spell the end of Israel’s identity and open up the possibility for granting citizenship to Arabs and other non-Jews who live in its confines.
In any case, this is a needed reminder for those Americans who like to think of Jews as nothing more than a religious group that that’s not the case.