We Look Like the Enemy: The Hidden Story of Israel's Jews from Arab Lands

We Look Like the Enemy: The Hidden Story of Israel's Jews from Arab Lands

by Rachel Shabi
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0802717667

ISBN-13: 2900802717664

Pub. Date: 12/22/2009

Publisher: Walker & Company

Middle Eastern or "Mizrahi" Jews from Egypt, Morocco, Iraq, Yemen, and other Arab or Muslim lands make up nearly half of Israel's population. Yet European or "Ashkenazi" Jews have historically disparaged them for looking like Arabs, speaking Arabic, and bringing with them what was viewed as a "backward" Middle Eastern culture. Journalist Rachel Shabi, who was born

Overview

Middle Eastern or "Mizrahi" Jews from Egypt, Morocco, Iraq, Yemen, and other Arab or Muslim lands make up nearly half of Israel's population. Yet European or "Ashkenazi" Jews have historically disparaged them for looking like Arabs, speaking Arabic, and bringing with them what was viewed as a "backward" Middle Eastern culture. Journalist Rachel Shabi, who was born in Israel to Iraqi Jews and grew up in England, returned to investigate the subtle discrimination and tense relations that still exist between Mizrahi and Ashkenazi Jews in Israel. She combines historical research, her own family's story, and the heartfelt oral history of several other Mizrahis to make We Look Like the Enemy a stunning, unforgettable book.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
2900802717664
Publisher:
Walker & Company
Publication date:
12/22/2009
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
272

Table of Contents

Prologue 1

Chapter 1 Veiling Its Face 7

Chapter 2 Meet the Family 25

Chapter 3 Development Towns 51

Chapter 4 Babylon Calling 76

Chapter 5 Talk This Way 106

Chapter 6 Everyone Deserves Music 135

Chapter 7 Made to Fail 157

Chapter 8 The Ethnic Demon 185

Chapter 9 We Are Not Arabs! 217

Afterword 240

Acknowledgments 242

Notes 244

Index 254

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