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Unformatted text preview: Israel: A Geographic Study Michael Klatsky Professor Paluzzi Geography 201 Klatsky 2 5 April 2008 Israel is a tiny country located in Southwest Asia (see appendix, Figs. 1-2), and therefore may seem pretty insignificant as the object of study of environmental, cultural and socio-economic development. However, Israel is a geographically diverse state, with regions ranging from snowy mountains to arid desert, and with every gradation in between (see appendix, Fig. 3). It is also ethnically and culturally diverse, populated with Arabs [Christian and Muslim] and Jewish immigrants from all over the world. Created in 1948, Israel experienced a population explosion almost instantly. From 1948-1951, 687,000 immigrants reached Israel. Most were survivors of Nazi camps in Europe and entire communities from the Arab countries in Asia and North Africa. (mfa.gov.il). Statistically, the initial immigration amounted to a 214% increase in population. Waves of immigration continued into the seventies but then tapered off until the early nineties, when over a half-million Jews emigrated from the Soviet Union. The population experienced a jump in 1991 absorbing the refugees from the emergency airlift of the entire Ethiopian Jewish community in 36 hours, as a collapse of political stability in Ethiopia was imminent. Israel as a nation consists of immigrants from the Jewish exile, spread throughout the world following the destruction of Biblical Israel. Traditionally the most Klatsky 3 powerful and influential ethnic class of Israelis was those Israelis of European descent, known as Ashkenazi Israelis. Shortly after the creation of Israel, most Jews living within Arab states fled to Israel, leaving their possessions behind. In addition, Jewish immigrants arrived from all over the world, including Jews from the Asian nation of Kazakhstan, the African nation of Ethiopia, and Russian Jews following the collapse of the USSR. In addition to Arab culture, Jewish Israeli society is very diverse with unique traditions and practices from all over the world (Central Bureau of Statistics). A food traditions and practices from all over the world (Central Bureau of Statistics)....
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This note was uploaded on 04/21/2008 for the course GEO 201 taught by Professor Paluzzi during the Spring '08 term at SUNY Rockland.

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