I recently read a scholarly article about cultural consumption in Israel, titled “Highbrow Cultural Consumption and Class Distinction in Italy, Israel, West Germany, Sweden, and the United States.” The study was conducted by Tally Katz-Gerro, a sociologist at the University of Haifa, and published in September 2002 in the journal Social Forces. (I might here briefly, if slightly impertinently, add that I take serious issue with the notion of “highbrow culture,” as it necessarily places a classist, often racist value judgment on so-called “lowbrow” culture. Yet I digress.)
While reading through the study, I found it rather strange that the author used “Israelis” as synonymous with “Jews.” There were no (I repeat, zero) mentions of the Arab Israeli population, not to mention of the other racial and ethnic groups in the country.
I then followed a footnote, in which the author literally claimed that Israel is 100% Jewish.
Excuse me, no.
According to the Israel Central Bureau of Statistics’ own numbers, in 2002, when this study was published, Israel was 77% Jewish, 19% Arab, and 4% “other.” (Today, Israel is 75.4% Jewish, 20.6% Arab, and 4% “other.”)
This study leaves out literally approximately 1/4th—an entire fourth—of Israel’s population. If you wanted to title the article “Highbrow Cultural Consumption and Class Distinction in Italy, 3/4ths of Israel, West Germany, Sweden, and the United States,” that would be accurate, but that is not the title of this article.
Imagine if someone did a study of cultural consumption in the U.S., but didn’t include black or Latino Americans, claiming they are not “true Americans.” (For an even more accurate analogy: Imagine Euroamericans didn’t murder over 100 million Native Americans and the U.S. population were 19% Native American. Then imagine someone did a study of cultural consumption in the U.S., and completely excluded all those Native Americans, plus more.) That would be comparable to this study.
In another egregious error, one might also note that the definition of Sephardim the author provides is just plain wrong; this is the definition of Mizrahim.
The worst part is this is not some obscure article written by some nobody in some far-right Israeli publication. This is a scholarly article by a professor at a well-known university, published in a widely-respected social science journal. Social Forces is a peer-reviewed academic journal, printed by Oxford University Press, published in partnership with the Department of Sociology at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. This is a journal that, according to its description on the Oxford Journals website, “is recognized as a global leader among social research journals.”
Zionist propaganda runs deep.