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Moroccan Jews in Israel are immigrants and descendants of the immigrants of the Moroccan Jewish communities who now reside within the state of Israel. Approximately 1 million Israeli Jews have at least partial family origin from Morocco[2][1], making them the second-largest diaspora group after the Russian Jews in Israel.

Moroccan Jews in Israel
Total population
Regions with significant populations
Jerusalem, Tel Aviv, Haifa,Netanya and many other places
Hebrew (Main language for all generations);
Older generation: Moroccan Arabic; Judeo-Moroccan Arabic; Moroccan French; Moroccan Ladino



After the Israeli war of independence in 1948, and due to domestic strife in the 1950s, the next several decades saw waves of Moroccan Jewish emigration to Israel. Moroccan Jews emigrated for a variety of reasons. Some have emigrated to Israel for religious reasons, some feared persecution, and others left for better economic prospects than they faced in post-colonial Morocco. With every Arab-Israeli war, tensions between Arabs and Jews would rise, sparking more Moroccan Jewish emigration. By the time of the Yom Kippur War in 1973, the majority of Morocco's Jewish population had emigrated to Israel.[3]

Politically, Moroccan Jews tend to support Likud[4][5] or Shas.

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