Grapevine: Letting the ethnic genie out of the bottle

It may not have been the intention of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to let the ethnic genie out of the bottle when he sparked furor over the composition of the Israel Prize adjudicating panels, but the ensuing controversy certainly brought to light two factors relating to ethnic and gender discrimination. What is yet to receive far more attention with regard to the Israel Prize is the paucity of awards to Israel’s minorities, especially Arabs. Many objections were voiced in 1992, when the prize was awarded to Emile Shukri Habibi, a poet and a Communist politician who became the first recipient of the prize for Arabic literature.


Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *