Moroccan Jews in Israel
Moroccan Jews in Israel are immigrants and descendants of the immigrants of the Moroccan Jewish communities who now reside within the state of Israel. They number around 1,000,000 and they constitute the second-largest Jewish community after the Russian Jews in Israel.
|Regions with significant populations|
|Jerusalem, Tel Aviv, Haifa,Netanya and many other places|
|Hebrew (Main language for all generations);
Older generation: Tamazight; Moroccan Arabic; Judeo-Moroccan Arabic; French
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.
- "Statistical Abstract of Israel 2009 - No. 60 Subject 2 - Table NO.24". Israeli government. Retrieved 12 December 2011.
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