Fantsy of Superiority: How the Israeli media pits Mizrahi Jews against asylum seekers

By Shoshana Gabay (Translated from Hebrew by Benno Karkabe, Shoshana Gabay and Dana Hadadi) Israeli journalists are doing nobody any favors by blaming the long-time Mizrahi residents for the plight of African asylum seekers in south Tel Aviv. So one must ask: why aren’t journalists actually holding the government accountable? May Golan is a young […]

Riches to rags to virtual riches: When Mizrahi artists said ‘no’ to Israel’s pioneer culture

By Shoshana Gabay (Translated from Hebrew by Yoav Kleinfeld) Upon their arrival in Israel, Mizrahi Jews found themselves under a regime that demanded obedience, even in cultural matters. All were required to conform to an idealized pioneer figure who sang classical, militaristic ‘Hebrew’ songs. That is, before the ‘Kasetot’ era propelled Mizrahi artists into the […]

Riches to rags to virtual riches: The journey of Jewish Arab singers

By Shoshana Gabay (Translated from Hebrew by Benno Karkabe, Noa Bar and Orna Meir-Stacey) Some of the most revered musicians from the Arab world moved to Israel in the 1950s and 60s, where they became manual laborers and their art was lost within a generation. Now, with the advent of YouTube, their masterpieces are getting […]