years, many entities in Israel have made systematic attempts at delegitimizing
the sector of the Israeli public that lives in Judea, Samaria and Gaza (Yesha).
The media, politicians and various
spokesmen have done their best to demonstrate that the Jews of Yesha are outcasts,
on the fringe, and all in all, a burden on Israeli society.
|Picture courtesy of "politifake"|
|Students from the IDF Prep Academy in Bet El|
|Religious teachers at a conference in Bar Ilan University|
Absorption of new immigrants into academic institutions is particularly high in Yesha. For example, at the University Center in Ariel (in Samaria), 400 Ethiopian students are studying towards their BA and Masters Degrees, as compared to a total of 25 Ethiopian students at the University of Tel Aviv.
|The future Tel Aviv skyline?|
|Happy Smiles in Bet El|
While Israel's electronic media (radio and television) continue to do all in their power to demonize the residents of Yesha and paint them as terrorists and spies, it behooves a prudent observer to pay a visit to these blossoming Jewish towns to judge for himself the nature of this segment of Israel's populace, without the agenda-driven verbiage of the radio and TV commentators.
This article is based on an editorial which appeared in the Kislev, 5772 issue of Yesha Shelanu, a publication of the Council of Jewish Communities in Judea, Samaria and Gaza.