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

Jews of Color and Sephardi/Mizrahi Caucus Statement in Support of 1,500 Palestinian Prisoners on Hunger Strike

On the 69th anniversary of the Nakba, the Jews of Color and Sephardi/Mizrahi Caucus organized in partnership with Jewish Voice for Peace is in solidarity with 1,500+ Palestinian prisoners on hunger strike in Israeli prisons. We echo their demands for adequate medical...
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Mango Charoset Recipe Speaks to the Tangled Histories of Jews of Color in the Americas

By Aurora Levins Morales How We Eat (from Masa Ball Soup) Inca potatoes are made into Indian curry, German potato salad, Irish leek soup, and Ashkenazi latkes.  Chinese oranges grown in Spanish groves become English marmalade.  California farms grow kiwi from northern...
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Praying at The Wailing Wall

By Sydney Levy Last month, I found myself praying at the Wailing Wall — but I was not in Jerusalem. I was at the wall that separates San Diego from Tijuana. It is a metal structure that extends eastward as far as the eye can see into the horizon, and that dips...
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From Blackface to Elor Azaria; the Jewish Community Must Reject Racist Purim Costumes

By Sydney Levy Growing up as a Jewish kid in Venezuela, Purim was one of the many calendar dates that separated us from the non-Jewish population. The rest of the country dressed up for Carnaval, and a few weeks later we dressed up for Jewish Carnaval,...
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