Study Released On Ashkenazi Feelings Of Superiority
The results of this study can't come as a shock to very many people who follow the travails Sephardim living in Israel face:
According to a study presented during a Van Leer Jerusalem Institute conference Monday, Ashkenazim consider their culture superior to that of the Sephardim.I mean, why wouldn't Israelis admit to being of Sephardic lineage? Simply because they were prevented from attending their school of choice? Or perhaps because they are being barred from living in their neighborhood of choice:
Additional studies on the matter indicate that people of Ashkenaz origin tend to refer to themselves as “Ashkenazim,” while Sephardim usually define themselves as "Israelis.”
The number of Sephardim who deny their origin is larger than the number of Ashkenazim who are reluctant to admit to their European descent, the studies reveal.
Meet Rav and Shmuel Street in the ultra-Orthodox town of Kiryat Sefer in central Israel: A corner street, a great view, and lots of children with side curls playing around. But there is something else this street has: It is the only street in Israel where Jews of Middle Eastern descent are not allowed to move to.Reading this, does anyone have to ask why Sephardim are tragically feeling it necessary to cover up their rich heritage?
The Brachfeld neighborhood's reception committee decided to ban additional Sephardic families from entering streets and buildings in which 35 percent of the tenants are Sephardic.
The reception committee recently decided that there are too many residents of Middle Eastern descent in some of Brachfeld's streets and buildings. Therefore, Sephardic Jews wishing to live in the town cannot live on Rav and Shmuel Street and are directed to other streets.