feminism, human rights

The Lesbian Mizrahi: Unlocking the Israeli Identity Crisis

I’d been meaning to write something about activism in Israel-Palestine for a while, mainly because I knew nothing about it and writing is how I learn best. But it wasn’t until the end of 2015 that I finally had the time and motivation to get it done. This was largely because I’m privileged enough to be enrolled at an amazing research institution where I had the opportunity to take a course with Paul Amar, hear a talk from Jasbir Puar, and access the Davidson Library, where there is an impressive number of books on Israel-Palestine and queer feminism.

The following paper is the result of all my research. It is essentially a review of activism in Israel-Palestine from the 1960s to the early 2000s, with particular attention to lesbian Mizrahim and their work, so if you are already familiar with this topic you will likely find nothing new of interest. However, if you (like me last year) don’t know a lot about it, this could be a helpful introduction, and I encourage you to check out the sources I listed at the end of the post.

This piece is by no means perfect, and I should mention that most lesbian Mizrahim are not anti-Zionist activists, so this post does not in any way speak to the whole group. However, I did my best to examine and address the multifaceted identities (and humanity) of this particular segment of the people of Israel-Palestine, where all too often only one side of the story is told.

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