Israel: The Land of Opportunity
Someone pointed out to me an article in one of the Jewish Lefty rags.
In the article they were calling Israel a racist, discriminatory country.
Their proof? Because only 2,198 out of the 196,000 college and university students currently studying in Israel were Ethiopian Jews – a mere 1.12% (from an article in Yisrael Hayom, not a lefty paper by the way).
Something bothered me about the way that information was being portrayed, so I did a little research on Wikipedia.
In 2008 (the latest numbers in the Wiki) there were 120,000 Ethiopians in Israel, or 1.75% of the total population of Israel.
Of those, only 38,500 (32%) were born in Israel. 81,000 were born in Ethiopia.
Being born in Ethiopia means that in most likelihood they probably didn’t even know how to read and write when they first got to Israel. In fact, I remember one of the early lifts and visiting the new Ethiopian Olim in a hotel in Jerusalem decades ago. These were people who at the time didn’t even know what a toilet was, that’s how primitive Ethiopia was.
Yet here we are, despite a whopping 68% of their population being born in a third world country that for many didn’t even have running water, Israel has managed to create for them the opportunity to reach a point where Ethiopians are nearly proportionally represented in Israeli colleges and universities (not to mention serving in elite IDF units) at any given time relative to their population numbers.
Is there room for improvement? Absolutely. And over time those numbers will rise.
If this doesn’t prove that Israel is a land of freedom and opportunity, then I don’t know what does.
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