Rav Ovadia: Raising the Pride of Sephardic Jews.

Rav Ovadia Yosef will be remembered as the man who raised the Jewish and ethnic and religious pride of Sehardic Jews to an irreversible level of dignity in Israeli society.

I say this as a fellow traveler of the Jerusalem Black Panthers in the early 1970’s, as a social worker in the late 1970’s and early 1980’s, and as a reporter in Israel since 1987.

There was a time when Sephardim walked with a feeling of rejection and discrimination in Israeli society.

A leader with the stature of Rav Ovadia addressed that phenomenon. t.

The Sephardic self image in Israel is now one of pride

Rav Ovadia played a crucial role in that process.

About the Author
David Bedein, who grew up in Philadelphia and moved to Israel in 1970 at the age of 20, is an MSW community organizer by profession and an expereinced investigative journalist. In 1987 he established the Israel Resource News Agency, with offices at the Beit Agron Int’l Press Center in Jerusalem, where he also serves as Director of the Center for Near East Policy Research. In 1991, Bedein was the special CNN middle east radio correspondent. Since 2001, Bedein has contributed features to the newspaper Makor Rishon. In 2006, Bedein became the foreign correspondent for the Philadelphia Bulletin, writing 1,062 articles until the newspaper ceased operation in 2010. He is the author of " The Genesis of the Palestinian Authority" and "ROADBLOCK TO PEACE- How the UN Perpetuates the Arab-Israeli Conflict: UNRWA policies reconsidered"and the director and producer of the numerous short films about UNRWA policy which can be located at: http://tinyurl.com/lxc6xvs
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