Smadar Lavie's Blog (7)


Amazing! I am surprised and grateful that my American Ethnologist essay, “Writing Against Identity Politics,” has gotten over 1,000 views on in a little over a year. This is on top of over 2,000 viewers and subscribers on Facebook and other educational, non-profit sites. I am glad that the word is getting out about the bureaucratic machine as a system of divine torture.…


Added by Smadar Lavie on March 5, 2014 at 8:12pm — No Comments

The Heart at East Ceremony, May 21, 2013 -- Powerpoint Biographic Presentation

I am grateful to Dana Peleg for the translation from the Hebrew to the English, and to Ido Elkobi who prepared the powerpoint presentation for the Heart at East NGO coalition for cultural rights.

It's attached in PDF format.SmadarLavie_PresentationEn.pdf

Added by Smadar Lavie on June 1, 2013 at 2:14pm — No Comments

Heart at East: The Coalition for Equal Distribution of Cultural Funds in Israel

On May 21, 2013, in Tel Aviv, I'm going to be awarded the Heart at East lifetime achievement plaque for my feminist-of-color activism, community leadership and academic scholarship. Heart at East is a coalition of 20 or so NGOs that aims to remedy the near complete lack of cultural rights and representation for Israel's majority citizenry, the Mizrahim.

The Heart at East lifetime achievement plaque was created as an…


Added by Smadar Lavie on May 20, 2013 at 3:00pm — 1 Comment

Writing Against Identity Politics: An Essay on Gender, Race, and Bureaucratic Pain (AE vol 39 no. 4)

My essay, “Writing Against Identity Politics: An Essay on Gender, Race, and Bureaucratic Pain,” appears in the latest issue of American Ethnologist (Volume 39, Issue 4). Here is its abstract:

Equating bureaucratic entanglements with pain—or what, arguably, can be seen as torture—might seem strange. But for single Mizrahi welfare mothers in Israel, somatization of bureaucratic logic as physical pain precludes…


Added by Smadar Lavie on January 7, 2013 at 12:00am — 7 Comments

Gaza and the Mizrahi Predicament

This is a recording of a long dialogue, followed by an audience Q & A, held at the Cork chapter of the Ireland-Palestine Solidarity Campaign on January 17, 2009. The topic covers the position of Mizrahim within the Israel-Palestine conflict. It provides a good introduction to the dilemmas and predicaments faced by Mizrahim as Jewish Israeli citizens who have origins in the Muslim World. The talk also analyzes the reasons why the Israeli political center moves farther and farther toward…


Added by Smadar Lavie on December 9, 2012 at 4:30pm — 2 Comments


About 6 weeks ago Netanyahu called for the dismissal of the Knesset and for early elections, closely following the U.S. elections. The reason for dismissal of the government was a gridlock in the Knesset over Netanyahu’s draconian national budget for 2013. The call for the elections defused the threat for more social protests, given the steep price increases for food, rent, gas etc. since spring 2012. A mini operation, or a dress rehearsal for this one, was carried out in June 2012. Another…


Added by Smadar Lavie on November 15, 2012 at 5:56pm — No Comments

Iran-Israel: Social Protest and Military Action

“The Knafo Chronicles: Marching on Jerusalem With Israel’s Silent Majority,” published in AFFILIA: Journal of Women and Social Work highlights the key links between social protest movements by Israel’s marginalized Mizrahim (“Easterners,” Hebrew) and heightened Israeli aggression against Palestinians and Muslim neighboring states--most recently, Iran. Since summer 2011, Israel has been beset by…


Added by Smadar Lavie on November 8, 2012 at 11:09pm — 2 Comments


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