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Black Panthers
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The Black Panthers (Heb. ha-Panterim ha-Sheḥorim) were active in Israel in the 1970s and thereafter as a protest movement and a political party, struggling to improve the status of Mizraḥim in the Jewish State, a society dominated by Ashkenazim.

The movement coalesced in protest against socioeconomic deprivation and ethnic discrimination. Its founders and leaders were Moroccan Jewish activists from Musrara, an impoverished neighborhood in Jerusalem. They were young and poor, generally unemployed and dropouts from school; most were army rejects, and some…

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Sammy Smooha, “Black Panthers”, in: Encyclopedia of Jews in the Islamic World, Executive Editor Norman A. Stillman. Consulted online on 30 January 2023 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1878-9781_ejiw_SIM_0004410>
First published online: 2010

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