Are Jews in Israel are Descendent of European Colonizing Program?

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  • • by Sharon Koifman
  • • September 22, 2022

In the times before Zionism, the majority of Jews were Mizrachim and Sephardim, while, yes, definitely there were Ashkenazi Jews here.

When the  Zionist movement started, beyond Ashkenazi Jews, there were plenty of Yemeni Jews who joined the migration. Today, a small majority of the Jews from Israel are from the Middle East and North Africa. 

Israel is not some European Project.

But, in a sense, it could be an Arab one. Thanks for sending our Jewish brothers back to Israel, suckers! ??

One of the key narratives for the Anti-Israel Marketing Machine is trying to push is that the Jews that made the Aliyah and started settling in Israel were outsider Europeans. Or they so fundly state European Colonizers.

First of all, I need to state loud and clear that Ashkenazi Jews are very much originary from the land called Israel/Judah/Palestine, and we spent a few articles already dealing with it and tackling conspiracy theories like Khazaria.

But I’m here to prove that even the narrative that Israel is a European venture at all is absolutely false. Today more than half of the Jews in Israel are Mizrachim (Middle east and North Africa descended). Most of Israeli Jews are Mizrachim, according to Ari Shavit. It was estimated that they were around 60% of Jewish Israelis in 2005.

Even the highly criticized First Aliyah (the first migration of what has been considered to be from the Zionist movement) included tons of Yemenite Jew. There was a misconception that it was all Europeans, but between 1881 and 1914 10% of the Yemenite Jews, migrated to Palestine. 20,000 arrived before 1948.

In order to avoid confusion, It is important to note, that Zionism is the name given to the most recent Aliyah (Migration of Jews to Israel), but it was most certainly far from the first. Before that, it was called the Old Yishuv. In the old Yishuv during the 16th and 17th Centuries, there were more Sephardic and Musta’arabi (Arab-speaking Jews, predecessor to Mizrachi’s) Jew than Ashkenazi. Although there were plenty of Ashkenazi just to clear any kind of misconception that somehow Ashkenazi came strictly with the Zionists movement to colonize the local Arabs.

Phew, I’m glad I got that out of the way.


Ashkenazi Jews: Jews from Germany. They went East and were also in Poland, Russia, Ukraine, Lithuania etc. So they are Eastern European Jews.

Sephardic Jews: Jews from Spain and Portugal (and later they travel to France and Netherlands). Very important to the Jewish people. They were more rich than Ashkenazi until the Spanish Inquisition, which made them run to Mizrachi lands. So they are Western European Jews.

Mizrachi Jews: An umbrella term for Moroccan, Iraqi, Yemeni, Syrian Jews and other Jews from Middle East and North Africa in general. Some of them follow the Sephardic Liturgy because their communities received lots of Sephardic Refugees. Still, the rites are very different!

Kaifeng Jews: Jews from China. They came to China around the 9th Century (I think). The Chinese often confused them with Muslims because both eat no pig. Still they had synagogues and used Hebrew until the 15th Century (I Think).

Beta Israel: Jews from Ethiopia. They lost Hebrew, but they still had the Tanakh. Their alphabet is semitic, so they are our kind. Very interesting tradition.

Beit Israel: Indian Jews. I don’t know much about them.

Mountain Jews: I forgot from where they were, but I remember that Chabad was trying to help them somehow.

Persian/Iranian Jews: From Persia and Babilonia. They wrote the Talmud.

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