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Israeli-American Smadar Lavie, a leader in improving the lives of Israeli Mizrahi women, will discuss her new book, “Wrapped in the Flag of Israel: Mizrahi Single Mothers and Bureaucratic Torture.” (Mizrahim are Jews from North Africa and the Middle East who comprise Israel’s majority Jewish population, but who suffer from systematic discrimination by Israel’s Ashkenazi Jewish political elite.)
The book explores intra-Jewish Israeli social conflict from a Feminist perspective, the plight of Mizrahi single mothers, and the impact of Israel’s internal ethnic and gender conflicts on Israel’s occupation of the Palestinian territories, as well as its tensions with Iran and other neighboring Arab countries.
Professor Smadar Lavie is Scholar in Residence at the Beatrice Bain Research Group, University of California, Berkeley, CA, and A Visiting Professor, Institute for Social Science in the 21st Century, University College, Cork, Ireland. She received Israel’s Heart of the East Award in 2013 for lifetime service to Israel’s Mizrahi communities, and is the author of the award-winning “The Poetics of Military Occupation,” and “Staying Put: Crossing the Palestine-Israel Border with Gloria Anzaldua.” She specializes in the anthropology of Egypt, Israel and Palestine, with an emphasis on race, gender and religion.
For more information about Smadar, see: http://berkeley.academia.edu/SmadarLavie.