Answers to Questions by Yair Davidiy (26 September 2017, 6 Tishrei, 5778)
Are non-Jews second class citizens in Israel?
In principle and also legally there is no distinction between Jewish and non-Jewish citizens.
Â In practice it all depends:
Â Non-Jews according to the Halachah such as they whose mothers are Gentiles or non-Jewish immigrants from Russia and region suffer no discrimination.
Â They may however be barred for security reasons from certain tasks. This is despite the fact that one of the country's major military leaders allegedly fell into that category.
Â Bedouin and Arabs even if they are citizens will be discriminated against to a moderate degree mainly for security reasons.
Â The same could apply to Druze and Circassians but usually much less so.
Â Not only are there distinctions between Jews and non-Jews but also between Jews.
Â It should be noted that in the past Sephardic (non-Ashkenazic) Jews also suffered from discrimination.
Â They may still do so but it is now less blatant and seldom discussed.
Â Ethiopian Jews may be discriminated against in some quarters.
Â Hareidim whom one would expect to be the most Jewish are not accepted into the Civil Service which is the largest employer in Israel.
Â This applies even if the Hareidim served in the IDF and even if they have academic qualifications.
Â Why not?
Â Simple prejudice.
Â The Media also periodically maligns Hareidim even more than it criticizes the Arabs.
Â It is interesting to note that no-one on Quora seems to ask questions on these issues.
Â Arabs are interesting. Arabs provide an excuse to condemn Jews in general.Â
Â Standing up for the rights, or against lack of them, of Arabs serves as a handy cloak for Judeophobia.
Â Other matters are not so serviceable and so they are ignored.