|This is part of an occasional series of reports on a very politically important Israeli phenomenon: the effort to reclaim the dignity of the population of descendants of Jews who immigrated from Arab and Muslim countries to Israel.
The first essay creates the emotional context of the Mizrahi struggle with the focus on Miri Regev, minister of culture, and descendant of Moroccan parents.
We follow with a delightful interlude with the story and song of a Persian Israeli who takes us beyond the political disputations to experience what a gift Mizrahi culture is to Israel.
We end with a quite sensational interview with the new executive director of Peace Now in Israel. a son of Moroccan immigrants. His appointment signals a creative initiative in the direction of this major, traditionally Ashkenazi-led NGO, and to our thinking a great new potential in expanding the constituency in Israel for a genuine two-state resolution with the Palestinians.
Joseph V. Montville
Chairman of the Board
TRACK TWO: An Institute for Citizen Diplomacy