About this Blog

Unruly is an intersectional blog created and operated by members of the Jews of Color and Sephardi/Mizrahi (JOCSM) Caucus organized in partnership with Jewish Voice for Peace. Our focus is on racial justice issues in the United States, Palestine, Israel, and beyond. We feature news items, political analysis, essays, poetry, art, and video work that highlights the way oppressed people resist their dispossession.

We pay special attention the issues affecting Palestinians and JOCSM communities, because we see a direct link between these struggles. We seek to confront our role in US and Israeli settler-colonialism, as well as the way our histories have been buried and cut off from each other as a form of divide and conquer rule. We offer this platform as a space for building community and co-resistance.

The name Unruly is a play on the historical treatment of JOCSM as a “savage,” unpredictable, and unmanageable force in Israeli and white-dominated Jewish society. This was exemplified in Golda Meir’s notorious words after hearing the demands of the Israeli Black Panthers: “They’re not nice!”

This stigma is not unique to our struggle, and is an experience we share with many other oppressed people. Unruly is about rejecting the logics of control wielded against people of color around the world, and providing a space where we can connect our struggles.


Editorial Board

Editor-in-Chief: Rebecca Pierce

Senior Editor: Julia Salazar

Palestine Editor: Nadya Tannous

Arts & Culture Editor: Danny Bryck

Confronting Whiteness, Zionism, and the Bogeyman of “Left Antisemitism”

By Mark Tseng-Putterman Remarks from JVP’s “Not A Conflict” mini-conference (November 13, 2017), in response to the question: How do you see fights against antisemitism connected to or in tension with other fights for racial justice and against Islamophobia? I want to...
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Tai: A Yom Kippur Sermon By Aurora Levins Morales

Tai: A Yom Kippur Sermon By Aurora Levins Morales 5778/2017 [The theme of Kehilla Community Synagogue’s High Holy Days was “spiritual audacity” drawn from these words by Abraham Joshua Heschel, written in 1963: “The hour calls for moral grandeur and spiritual...
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Declaración de apoyo al pueblo Maya de San Juan La Laguna / Statement of Support for the Maya People of San Juan La Laguna

English translation follows Spanish statement La traducción al inglés a continuación del texto en español #SoberaniaMayaNoEsAntisemitismo  #MayanSovereigntyIsNotAntisemitism Declaración de apoyo al pueblo Maya de San Juan La Laguna Recientemente nos hemos enterado,...
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White Jews: Deal with Your Privilege and Call Out Jewish Support for White Supremacy

By Lesley Williams The following piece is the text of a speech by Lesley Williams at the Stephen Douglas Monument, on behalf of the Resists, Reimagine, Rebuild Coalition, August 19th 2017. It was orginally posted on her blog The Cranky Librarian and is posted here...
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