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.


Unruly Editorial Board

Editor-in-Chief – Rebecca Pierce

Arts Editor – Danny Bryck



I wrote that Rosh Hashanah poem

By Danny Bryck The chill breaks through in earnest It rains The trees hint a few leaves yellowish as if to say, “On the other hand...” My facebook feed fills up with pomegranates My mind makes the same little joke to itself, about what if 5779 could be like 1979...

Black on Black

By Khen Elmaleh First published in Hebrew in Litvin, E.:  The Heart is a Lonely Singer: Mizrachi Music in Israel, exhibition catalogue, 2017, Ashdod Museum of Art, Israel. English Translation by Tom Pessah. Let’s start with some fair disclosure: I did not grow up with...

Lesley Williams Speech in Solidarity with African Asylum Seekers in Israel

By Lesley Williams This is the text of a speech given in front of the Rwandan consulate in Chicago From the book of Esther: : 'If I have found favour in thy sight, O king, and if it please the king, let my life be given me at my petition, and my people at my request...

Palestinian Activist Statement in Solidarity with African Asylum Seekers in Israel

This is a Translation of a statement by Palestinian activists originally posted to Facebook by Marzuq Al Halabi: Statement on the refugee issue in Israel
: No to deporting refugees and migrants by force and yes to protecting them and respecting their rights and...