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From Siso to Salah: The Mizrahi Critique of Law & Society

Monday, November 28, 2022 @ 12:30 pm - 2:00 pm

split black and white image. The left image is of a group of men playing chess in the Old City of Jerusalem. The man in the middle looks directly at the camera. The right image is of a woman crossing her arms and looking directly at the camera.

Mizrahi legal studies, recently substantiated as a distinctive critical approach to Israeli law, speaks to the nature of the story of the Mizrahi minority in Israel. It is a story that spans across “old school” discrimination patterns during a time of lawlessness, and “new school” discrimination patterns during a stage of socio-legal denial. Current efforts to abolish this discrimination using legal tools are hence shaped by the uniqueness of this minority and its legalistic performances. Yifat Bitton will introduce the formation of the Mizrahi critique of law in theory and practice and enable us a glimpse of one of the most significant rifts by which Israeli society is divided that fuels its social-political ongoing crisis.

Professor Yifat Bitton: President of Achva Academic College of Education and Science; Fall 2022 Visiting Professor at University of Chicago.

Please note: This event is open to UC Berkeley faculty, students, and staff only. 

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Monday, November 28, 2022
12:30 pm - 2:00 pm
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297 Goldberg Room
225 Bancroft Way
Berkeley, CA 94720 United States


The Helen Diller Institute for Jewish Law and Israel Studies

Events are wheelchair accessible. For disability-related accommodations, contact the organizer of the event. Advance notice is kindly requested.

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