israel is only progressive if your a jew.
No, not even then. Like all states structured around Whiteness, non-white Jews are treated like shit in Israel too. Really the only way non-white Jews can gain conditional acceptance in Israel, like Arab Jews, is by pledging loyalty to the state and abandoning their language, culture and traditions; there is actually a reflexive verb for this in Hebrew that literally means “to make oneself Ashkenazi”. I watch Israeli Survivor and the casual racism against Mizrahi Jews is absolutely disgusting. This has led to many becoming among the most racist and fascist members of Israeli society in order to gain acceptance (though much of the Israeli anti-Zionist left is made up of Mizrahi Jews too).
Okay, so l’m half Mizrahi, and my family lives in Israel, so I decided I’m going to ask them what they think about this. It seems kind of right, but at the same time it seems like you’re pushing the problems of Israel into a narrative you like, and in the process misrepresenting a lot.
As for the “most racist” part, I have some relatives that are a bit like that. They are definitely not doing it to fit in; they actually do hate Arabs with a passion. It comes from the fact that they were forced out of Iraq, being forced to leave everything behind (they were not able to take any property with them). And please don’t call them ‘Arab Jews’. They may have felt Arab in the past, but for the vast majority, that changed as soon as other Arabs actively rejected them, destroyed their lives, forced them out, and then started a series of wars that killed their family members.
(just to be clear, I don’t hate Arabs. I feel none of the animosity my relatives feel, and I’m often disgusted by how overtly racist some of my family can be. I just wish you would get their motivations right.)