Ono Prof. Looks Forward to Data Proving Whether or Not Discrimination Between Ashkenazim and Sefardim Still Exists
Prof. Yuval Elbashan, Dean of the Jerusalem Multicultural Campuses at Ono Academic College reacted to the news that Israel’s Central Bureau of Statistics will begin to the data on the differences between different population groups in Israeli society. Elbashan was interviewed on Israel TV Channel 12’s 6pm newscast.
Prof. Elbashan was excited that the Central Bureau of Statistics would provide data to answer the question of whether discrimination between Ashkenazim and Sefardim still exists in Israeli society. The program’s host noted his previous belief that such discrimination was a thing of the past. Elbashan described his own research that indicated that students with a Sefardi name received fewer positive responses for job interviews than Ashkenazi students who sent out the exact same resume.
Prof. Elbashan said that his study of law schools found that Sefardi faculty numbered less than 10% of the total. He noted that there are many reasons for this phenomenon and it may change in the future, but the first step to changing the situation is opening your eyes to its existence.
The full interview can be viewed here: