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Geo 201 -paluzzi - Assignment 2 - research paper

Geo 201 -paluzzi - Assignment 2 - research paper - "Israel...

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“Israel: A Geographic Study Michael Klatsky Professor Paluzzi Geography 201
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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 
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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 
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