Academic journal article et Cetera

The Israelis: Ordinary People in an Extraordinary Land

Academic journal article et Cetera

The Israelis: Ordinary People in an Extraordinary Land

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Donna Rosenthal. The Israelis: Ordinary People in an Extraordinary Land. New York: Free Press, 2003.

This well-written, well-researched book indexes "Israelis" - a multi-ethnic, multi-religious collection of 6.7 million people who live in a land smaller than New Jersey. In that land there are 1.2 million Muslims - the fastest growing group of Israeli citizens, with a birthrate double that of Israeli Jews. Arab Israelis have the right to vote and they receive their education in a separate, Arabic-speaking state school system. With the current uprising of Intifada II, there has been a dramatic rise in Arab-Israeli feelings of alienation from the Israeli state and its institutions.

Immigrants from Russia make up twenty percent of the Israeli nation (most of this group came to Israel after Soviet President Mikhail Gorbachev lifted travel restrictions in 1989). Many Russian-Israelis are highly educated and had professions in their former country (an influx of Russian doctors has led Israel to have the highest per capita doctor-patient ratio of any nation in the world). Russian-Israelis tend to be more secular than other Israeli groups and many voted for prime minister Ariel Sharon, the son of Russian immigrants. …

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