Abstract

Abstract:

This article explores the protests, demonstrations, and sit-ins organized by Iraqi Jews in Israel during the 1950s. Protesting their living conditions and discrimination by the state, Iraqi Jews traveled from their transit camps to urban centers, demanding housing, employment, education, and access to water and electricity services. I argue that the protests challenged both the invisible borders between cities and transit camps and the notion that Jews’ exodus from Iraq signified a liberation from exile. The protesters offered a different narrative, in which their struggle to achieve social mobility and civil rights had actually begun upon arrival to Israel.

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Additional Information

ISSN
1940-3461
Print ISSN
0026-3141
Pages
pp. 609-622
Launched on MUSE
2016-11-06
Open Access
No
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