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narratives of salvation, security, and divine right. Yaso’s avowedly non-European story is called upon to provide a liberal patina to this otherwise cruel event. What are we to make of this high-profile entanglement of raced and gendered inclusion with kinetic, diplomatic, and legal forms of sovereign violence? One place to start is the debate about the place of intersectionality in struggles for justice in Palestine and Israel, including in the pages of Tikkun. A concept coined by legal scholar Kimberlé Crenshaw and forged in the crucible of U.S.-based Black feminist organizing and activism, the transit of intersectionality to seemingly distant sites and spaces, including especially in Israel and Palestine, has sharp- ened analytical frameworks and widened the possible grounds for solidarity and resistance. Recent issues of the Journal of Palestine Stud- ies and Gay and Lesbian Quarterly have fo- cused on the intersections of racial and sexual politics, nationalism, and decolonization, while the Jewish Voice for Peace (JVP) Student Net- work recently released a statement on inter- sectionality. This work interrogates the forces, policies, and practices that constellate systems of power and violence, including race, gender, heteropatriarchy, capitalism, and settler colo- nialism. It calls upon intersectional frames to narrate the mundane texture of embodied ex- perience and the felt vulnerabilities differenti- ated by race, class, and gender. Some queer and indigenous studies scholars have questioned whether an intersectional heuristic effectively problematizes matters of identity, subjectivity, or settler sovereignty; while others have raised the stakes of thinking through structures of oppression and practices of resistance—rather than identity—as the locus of intersections. Smadar Lavie’s award-winning Wrapped in the Flag of Israel: Mizrahi Single Mothers and Bureaucratic Torture, whose expanded second edition was released in summer 2018, is a 128 W W W .T I K K U N . O R G Image courtesy of the University of Nebraska Press. significant contribution to this debate, pro- viding crucial insight into Israel’s particular agglomeration of race, gender, nationalism, and neoliberalism. Lavie is the author and edi- tor of several important books of Middle East anthropology and a formative scholar-activist in the burgeoning field of Mizrahi studies. Deploying what Audre Lorde once called “orchestrated furies,” Wrapped in the Flag of Israel couples sophisticated concept-work with Lavie’s own blistering testimony as a Mizrahi single mother thrown into the welfare bureau- cracy by the Israeli state. The book conveys what Lavie terms the “jagged edges” of embod- ied experience and the fierce analytic value of an ethnographic “I.” As she writes at the outset of the book, “I became my own informant.” La- vie draws from US Feminist of Color thought, though not simply for an intersectional toolkit, WINTER 2019