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      De/Racinated Transcendental Conversions: Witchcraft, Oracle and Magic among the Israeli Feminist Left Peace Camp

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      Holy Land Studies
      Edinburgh University Press

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          Drawn from the ethnography of Mizrahi feminist activism, my essay partakes of Michael Selzer's 1967 monumental The Aryanisation of the Jewish State. It analyses the oratory process through which Israel's feminist ‘Peace Camp’ racinates the question of Palestine. While this camp – which is almost 100 percent upper middle class Ashkenazi – opens up for the Palestinian nationalist feminist, allowing her space between her ‘nation’ and ‘race’, it manages to transcend its colonialist deracination of the Mizrahim, Israel's demographic non-European majority. The essay argues that the racinated Mizrahi is not allowed to enter either the peace-club or any sites of the tight-knit Israeli cultural-economic elites promoting the Oslo Peace Process. Such deracinated peace-witchcraft is rarely practised to improve the disenfranchised lived realities of most (poor) Mizrahim, who often resort to charities, right-wing and/or ultra-orthodox by default. Paradoxically, however, these progressive feminists admit their bounds of race through the appropriation of postmodern-queer-multicultural-border postures to apologise for their domination of the public peace sphere.

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                Journal
                Holy Land Studies
                Holy Land Studies
                Edinburgh University Press
                1474-9475
                1750-0125
                May 2010
                May 2010
                : 9
                : 1
                : 71-80
                Affiliations
                [1 ]Associate Professor Studies in Women and Gender University of Virginia Charlottesville, VA 22904, USA
                Article
                10.3366/hls.2010.0004
                af2667fb-999b-4c14-9a0f-d9b6e874892c
                © 2010

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