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Next Israel Shekel Bills to Feature Sephardi Jew

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The Netanyahu government is going “politically correct” and will make sure the next serious of Israel shekel bills will feature a Sephardi Jew following last year’s four new banknotes that featured only Ashkenazi Jews.

Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu said on Sunday he personally prefers that the “Sephardi shekel bill” feature poet Rabbi Yehuda HaLevy, calling his poetry “genius.”

Knesset Member Aryeh Deri of the Shas Sephardi religious party sharply criticized the monopoly of Ashkenazi Jews on the most recent series.

“Money adorned with an image of a Mizrahi figure is not worth less,” he said.

The Rambam, Moses Maimonides, was featured on a banknote in 1980 but is only widely-known Sephardic to be seen on Israel money.

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4 Responses to “Next Israel Shekel Bills to Feature Sephardi Jew”

  1. Joels Davidi says:

    I don't ever agree with Deri but this time, shall we say, he's right on the money.

  2. Joels Davidi says:

    I don't ever agree with Deri but this time, shall we say, he's right on the money.

  3. Joels Davidi says:

    Here's a partial list of important Sephardic figures who played an important role in the development of Zionism and the early years of The State (and whose photos are also readily available):

    Rabi Yehuda Alkalai of Sarajevo ( Herzl's Rabbi and arguably, the reason Zionism came into being as a political movement).

    Eli Cohen, our man in Damascus.

    Rabbi Benzion Hai Ouziel.

    Rabbi Jacob Meir.

    Just off the top of my head…

  4. Joels Davidi says:

    At least half of those hung by the British for active duty in the outlawed Irgun and Stern Groups..

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