Quotation from Abba Eban “Our object should be to infuse them with an Occidental spirit” — 1969

Then Minister of Foreign Affairs of Israel, expressing his racist views towards Mizrahi Jewish immigrants (and Arabs in general).

Author : Thematics :
" One of the great apprehensions which afflict us when we contemplate our cultural scene is the danger lest the predominance of immigrants of Oriental origin force Israel to equalize its cultural level with that of the neighboring world. So far from regarding our immigrants from Oriental countries as a bridge on our way to integration in the Arabic-speaking world, our object should be to infuse them with an Occidental spirit, rather than to allow them to drag us into an unnatural Orient. "

Abba Eban, Voice of Israel , Horizon Press. 1969. Quoted by Sammi Smooha, Israel: Pluralism and Conflict. Univ. of California Press, 1978, p. 88.

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