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Reading from The Flying Camel: Essays on Identity by Women of North African and Middle Eastern Jewish Heritage

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Malcah reads an article by Julie Iny from the compilation The Flying Camel: Essays on Identity by Women of North African and Middle Eastern Jewish Heritage. The reading explores and challenges the complexities of white and/or Ashkenaz privilege, anti-semitism, racism, and marginalization of identities.

The following is a summary provided by the editor of Flying Camel, Loolwa Khazzoom:

“My mom is from Missouri and my dad is from India, she replied. Indiana? he asked, confused. No. India, she clarified. As Julie mapped out her father’s migration from Iraq to India, David informed her that Mizrahim (North African/Middle Eastern Jews) are violent, racist, and greedy, in contrast to civilized Ashkenazim (Northern European Jews). Feeling suddenly paralyzed, disembodied, and violated, Julie realized that yet again, her hazel-green eyes and light skin crossed her over the border and into hostile territory, where she was accepted only if she gave up half of her self.”

(Original Air Date: March 2009)

Music featured this week from Divahn, Daddo & The Ladino Voice, and Narcicyst.

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