In Israel, at least half of the population is estimated to be of Mizrahi (Arab or Persian) origin. Despite their numbers, Mizrahi Jews have faced decades of discrimination and disenfranchisement by the Ashkenazi elite, and in many ways, Jewish-Israeli society remains divided along racial lines.
What are the implications of these divisions on Jewish-Israeli peace and feminist movements? And how do they relate with the Middle East context they find themselves in? These intricacies of Israeli society often pass under the radar for us here in Canada, but are important for those of us working for justice in Israel-Palestine, to better understand.
Join us for an IJV webinar with Dr. Smadar Lavie on the topic of “Mizrahim in Israel and Justice for Palestine” on March 22nd at noon EST.
Smadar Lavie, an Israeli, currently holds the Spatz Visiting Chair in Jewish Studies at the Department of Anthropology, Dalhousie University, Halifax. She is a long-term visiting scholar at the U. C. Berkeley’s Ethnic Studies Department and a visiting professor at the Institute for Social Science in the 21st Century, University College Cork. Lavie is the author of The Poetics of Military Occupation (UC Press 1990), receiving the Honorable Mention of the Victor Turner Award for Ethnographic Writing, and co-editor of Creativity/Anthropology (Cornell 1993) and Displacement, Diaspora, and Geographies of Identity (Duke 1996). The 1st edition of her recent book, Wrapped in the Flag of Israel (Nebraska 2018) received the 2015 Honorable Mention of the Association of Middle East Women’s Studies