Unruly is a blog created and operated by members of the Jews of Color and Sephardi/Mizrahi 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 highlight the ways in which oppressed people resist their dispossession.
We pay special attention the issues affecting Palestinians and Sephardi/Mizrahi Jews and Jews of Color, especially in the places where our people and histories overlap, as we see a direct link between these struggles.
The name Unruly is a play on the historical treatment of our communities 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!”
Unruly is about rejecting the logics of control wielded against oppressed people around the world, and providing a place where we can connect. We offer this platform as a space for building community and co-resistance for Sephardi/Mizrahi Jews and Jews of Color, Palestinians, and other POC and indigenous communities.