Five Things You Got Wrong About Israelis
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What images come to mind when you think of Israelis? Techies in sandals, the ultra-Orthodox immersed in study, soldiers guarding checkpoints… These images may ring true, but in a country with a richly diverse population, Israelis are a lot more multi-faceted than you might think.
Misconceptions about Israel and her inhabitants are rife, but five common stereotypes tend to circle around Israeli culture, religiosity and politics:
‘Israelis are rude’
‘Israelis are white’
‘Israelis are extremely religious’
‘Israeli soldiers are all Jewish’
‘Israelis are defined by the Israeli-Palestinian conflict’
Are these stereotypes familiar to you?
Well, the truth - as always - is a lot more nuanced and rich. So who are Israelis really, beyond the headlines and stereotypes?