Although the Kaifeng Jews did not experience anti-Semitism, they encountered other obstacles as a result of their minority status; they are not recognized as a true minority group in Chi...
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... to board a bus but the driver would not let her on. When she inquired about the reason the driver responded, “Can’t you see I am not taking black people? Did you have buses in Ethiopia, or even shoes?” ("Israel: The Tribulations of Being an Ethiopian Jew”). It is disheartening that Ethiopian Jews cannot live somewhere where they are treated as equals. Additionally, “about 52 percent of Ethiopian-Israeli families live below the poverty line, compared to 16 percent among the general Jewish Israeli population” ("Israel: The Tribulations of Being an Ethiopian Jew”). Shay Sium, an Ethiopian Jew recalls her childhood in Israel: “Growing up was an everyday struggle. For those who are different, the Jewish people can be a very closed community. Simply because I am Ethiopian, life has been harder than it is for others” ("Israel: The Tribulations of Being an Ethiopian Jew”).
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