Racial Formation in Israel: Gender, Diaspora, and Occupation
Thursday, Sep 29, 2016 - Thursday, Sep 29, 2016 | 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm
691 Barrows Hall
Backed by ethnographic data and archival research, the paper analyzes the strange temporal proximity between Mizrahi social protests and IDF military operations against Israel’s Muslim neighbors. Through the optics of the War on Gaza 2014, it uncovers how the Israeli regime orchestrates an indeterminacy of crisis that makes Israeli society tick and stick.
Additionally, the paper argue that Israeli racial formations apply essentialized expectations of what I term “GendeRace.” Such foundational assumptions calcify the flow of the intersectionality model. GendeRace thus not only preempts the possibilities of resistive agency, but also creates constituencies for such Mizrahi radical activism as the HaLo Nehmedim among Israel’s ultra-nationalist Mizrahi communities.