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1,001 Reasons to Love Israel


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Jewish Unity at Its Best

Israel is not a country of white people.

We are not what you would refer to as a "white" nation. Our lineage started out in Iraq – not a white country. We became a numerous people in Egypt – not a white country. We entered the Land of Israel and grew – not a white country.

We never lived in a white nation for the first 1,500 years of our existence. It was only after the Romans exiled us that we moved to European countries that are considered "white."

By 1950, there were 1.5 million white European Jews in Israel. There were also 600,000 Jews from the Arab nations. Today, for every Jew who came to Israel from "white" countries in Europe and Russia, there is a Jew who came from a "non-white" country in the Middle East and North Africa.

One in three marriages in Israel are between a Jew of European descent and a Jew of Middle Eastern/North African lineage. Over the past 2 generations, the nation of Israel has collectively given birth to a new national skin tone. It reinforces a truth here: Color means next to nothing in Israel.

Thank G-d, I have three children. I am from New York and my wife is from Ukraine. We are white, just like our children. We live in a city dominated by Jews from everywhere. Our city has the largest Ethiopian Jewish population on earth.

At least one of our children will marry a Jew of another color -- maybe even all of them. Our grandchildren, just like our ancestors, will not be white. They will have a distinct ethnic, cultural, and Jewish identity the world hasn't seen for thousands of years. But it's who we are. It's who we always were. As Israelis continue to marry on merit of who people really are, rather than what they look like, this trend will accelerate.


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