Thursday, March 31, 2016

Roseanne Barr: 'US Jews ignore Nakba of 'brown' Jews

 With thanks: Michelle


Roseanne Barr interviewed in Israel: US Jews are ignorant of the Nakba of 'brown' Jews

The comedienne Roseanne Barr has accused US Jews of' having no idea'  about the  Sephardi and Mizrahi Jews in their midst.

" It's all about class and race. It really bothers me to see privileged Jewish students of European descent who have no idea of the Nakba of brown Jews", she told an interviewer on Israeli TV.

Roseanne Barr, on an advocacy tour of Israel, has shown she is one step ahead of many other Israel advocates by bringing up the issue of Mizrahi and Sephardi Jews. " Most (Israeli) Jews do not come from Europe," she said.

The question of 'white privilege' and 'intersectionality' has been a subject of controversy in academic circles in California. While some Jews complain that they can never be considered an oppressed group of colour, like black women, other Jews self-define as 'whites'.

Barr said she found the ignorance of most Ashkenazi Jews 'staggering'. She urged Ashkenazi Jews in the US to 'build bridges' with the tiny Sephardi and Mizrahi communities in their midst, which were often poor.

See the video  clip here on the Facebook page of 'Israel Beyond'.

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