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Mizrahi
Hebrew: mizrahim



Mizrahi Jews
In Israel Remaining
Algeria
25,000 0
Bahrain
1,000 30
Egypt
170,000 100
Iran
130,000 30,000
Iraq
400,000 7 or 8
Lebanon
45,000 2,200
Libya
80,000 0
Morocco
570,000 5,000
Syria
10,000 25
Tunisia
150,000 2,000
Turkey
100,000 26,000
Yemen
300,000 400
Mountain 2)
120,000 50,000
Georgian
120,000 13,000
Bukharan 1)
110,000 1,000
Tats 3)
70,000 31,000
TOTAL
2,400,000 160,000
France
400,000
USA
250,000
Great Britain
70,000
Canada
35,000

Statistical insecurity is high, about 20-30%.
1) From regions corresponding to modern Uzbekistan and Tajikistan.
2) From regions corresponding to modern Azerbaijan and Dagestan of Russia.
3) From regions corresponding to Azerbaijan, Iran and Russia. Remaining groups only Azerbaijan and Russia.

Jews with backgrounds from Middle Eastern and North African countries, counting 2.4 million in Israel, 2.8 million if the Palestinian Jews are included. Worldwide there are about 3.5 million, but some estimates set it as high as 4 million.
In terms of religious concepts, the Mizrahi come close to Sephardi Judaism, and in many overviews the Mizrahis are categorized as a group under Sephardi.
As time goes by, and Jews from different backgrounds intermarry, the distinctions between Jewish groups become increasingly difficult to use.
Algerian and Syrian Jews represent special cases. Algerian Jews were French citizens upon the establishment of the Muslim state of Algeria in 1962, the majority chose to settle in France. Syrian Jews were effectively hindered by Syrian government in migrating to Israel, most have settled in the Americas.
Some of the sub-categories of Mizrahim are confusing, it appears that Mountain Jews and Tats by many are mixed as if they represent one group.




By Tore Kjeilen