Sephardi leadership in Israel: Transitioning from mandate to statehood

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This article seeks to examine the impact of the transition from Yishuv to state on the Sephardi and Mizrahi leadership, as reflected in the patterns of organization and action of the Sephardi community councils in general, and the Councils of the Sephardi Community in Tel Aviv and Haifa in particular. Against the background of the growing centralized power of the state under the leadership of Mapai and the application of the principle of statism (mamlachtiut), the article will discuss the activities of the Councils of the Sephardi Community in Haifa and Tel Aviv. The article analyzes the process that led in 1951 to the dissolution of the Sephardi and Oriental Communities Union as a political framework, as well as the decision made in the same year by the community councils in Haifa and Tel Aviv to withdraw from political activity.

Original languageEnglish
Article number0103
Pages (from-to)17-36
Number of pages20
JournalIsrael Studies Review
Issue number1
StatePublished - 1 Mar 2020

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  • 1948 war
  • Arab-Jewish relations
  • Labor organizations
  • Ministry for minorities
  • Oriental jews
  • Sephardi and mizrahi jews

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Cultural Studies
  • History
  • Sociology and Political Science


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