List of Israeli Mizrahi and Sephardi Jews

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This is a list of notable Mizrahi Jews and Sephardi Jews in Israel, including both original immigrants who obtained Israeli citizenship and their Israeli descendants.

Traditionally the terms "Mizrahi Jews" and "Sephardi Jews" were used as all encompassing terms referring to the Jews descended from the Jewish communities of Iberia, North Africa and the Middle East; but due to the melting pot effect of the Israeli society the terms have gradually become more vague. Many Israeli descendants of Mizrahi and Sephardi Jewish immigrants have gradually adopted the Israeli culture and intermarried with descendants of other Jewish communities.




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  • Shahar Tzuberi, Israel, windsurfer, Olympic bronze (RS:X discipline); 2009 & 2010 European Windsurf champion[4]


  • Benny Sela – convicted serial rapist and escapee
  • Eden-Nathan Zada – Israeli terrorist who was an army defector when he committed the 2005 Shfar'am shooting attack in which he used his military rifle to shot the passengers of a commuter bus in the Arab village of Shfar'am, murdering four Arab citizens of Israel and wounding twenty-two others.
  • Yigal Amir – assassin of the Israeli prime minister Yitzhak Rabin
  • Yaakov Alperon – Israeli mobster who was murdered in a car bomb attack
  • Uzi Meshulam – leader of a radical group of Yemenite Jews who in 1994 violently resisted Israeli law enforcement authorities.
  • Aryeh Deri – politician, and former leader of Israel's Shas Party. During 1999 Deri was convicted of taking $155,000 in bribes while serving as Interior Minister and given a three-year jail sentence.
  • Yitzhak Mordechai – former general and former politician. Mordechai retired from political life after being convicted of harassing and sexually assaulting two women during his military service.
  • Moshe Katsav – Former President of Israel (2000–2007). On 30 December 2010 Katsav was convicted of two counts of rape and obstruction of justice.
  • Felix Halfon – Former Israeli footballer who in 2004 was convicted of drug smuggling.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Harush, Moshe (September 22, 2006). "Awat sparks storm with decision to play on Yom Kippur". Ha'aretz. Retrieved July 4, 2008. 
  2. ^ Nate Bloom (January 21, 2010). "Jews (and Mel) on the big screen, Winter sports roundup". Jweekly. Retrieved May 13, 2010. 
  3. ^ "Avram Grant and Tal Ben-Haim set to miss West Ham game for Jewish holiday", The Telegraph, September 4, 2010. Retrieved December 24, 2010.
  4. ^ "Dempsey misses windsurfing medal", BBC Sports, August 20, 2008. Retrieved September 10, 2008.