ACRAWSA is happy to present a conversation with Mizrahi (Iranian-Israeli) activist Orly Noy during her visit to Australia organised by the Australian Jewish Democratic Society. Noy will be in conversation with Lana Tatour (UNSW) and Marcelo Svirsky (University of Wollongong).
The conversation will centre on issues such as the inherent contradiction between a Jewish and a Democratic state, alternatives to Zionism, a state for all its citizens, the future prospects of Jewish National existence in Israel, the Mizrahim and Zionism, and the role of Jewish Israelis as part of the settler colonial hegemony in the Palestinian struggle.
Orly Noy is one of the most insightful and nuanced thinkers in Israeli politics, journalism and activism today. Born in Iran, she engages with Israeli politics and culture through her identity as a Mizrahi (Jews from Arab/Middle Eastern countries) woman, delving into complex issues of identity, history, colonialism, the marginalisation of Mizrahi Jews and the limitations of zionism. Orly is an editor at Local Call, a member of B’Tselem’s executive board and an activist with the Balad political party. She has previously been active with the Coalition of Women for Peace and the Mizrahi Democratic Rainbow. She is also a translator of poetry from Farsi to Hebrew.
Lana Tatour is an Adjunct Lecturer in the School of Social Sciences, University of New South Wales. She is the recipient of the 2019–2020 Ibrahim Abu-Lughod Postdoctoral Award, awarded by the Center for Palestine Studies at Columbia University. Tatour completed her Ph.D at the University of Warwick and her doctoral research was awarded the Leigh Douglas Memorial runner-up prize for best Ph.D. dissertation on a Middle Eastern topic in the Social Sciences or Humanities by the British Society for Middle Eastern Studies. She is particularly interested in settler colonialism, critical race theory and Palestine/Israel. Her work published in journals such as The International Journal for Human Rights and Global Discourse, and her writings also appeared in Assafir al-Arabi, ABC Religion & Ethics, Overland Literary Journal and Eureka Street.
Marcelo Svirsky is a Senior Lecturer at the School for Humanities and Social Inquiry, University of Wollongong, Australia. He researches settler-colonial societies particularly Israel-Palestine, and focuses on questions of social transformation and decolonisation. He has published several articles in the journals Cultural Politics, Subjectivity, Intercultural Education, Deleuze Studies, and Settler Colonial Studies among others, and various books and edited collections: Deleuze and Political Activism (Edinburgh University Press, 2010); Arab-Jewish Activism in Israel-Palestine (Ashgate, 2012); Agamben and Colonialism with Simone Bignall (Edinburgh University Press, 2012); Collaborative Struggles in Australia and Israel-Palestine (2014); After Israel: Towards Cultural Transformation (Zed Books, 2014), and he has recently co-authored with Ronnen Ben-Arie From Shared Life to Co-Resistance in Historic Palestine (Rowman and Littlefield International, 2017).