Associate Professor and advisor
Hebrew language, literature and culture and modern Middle East
on sabbatical until August 2014
I’m a Moroccan Jew, raised in Israel. I studied at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem (BA, MA and PhD in the areas of Comparative Politics and Literature) and at Columbia University in NY (MA, Middle Eastern studies).
I write scholarly work on Israeli society, culture and politics of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. I write poetry and prose and I produce and direct documentary films. At Queens College I teach Hebrew language, literature, culture, media and I also teach a class on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict in film.
Yehudim (Jews), a poetry book. 2008. Nahar Books, Israel.
Ein Habuba (Doll’s Eye), a novel. 2007. Hargol-Am Oved publishers, Israel.
Intra-Jewish Conflict in Israel: White Jews, Black Jews. London: Routledge, 2010;
SHIRIM BE’ASHDODIT (Poems in Ashdodian), poetry form 1982 to 2002, published by Andalus, Tel-Aviv, 2003.
A collection of 30 years of my poetry in English translation will be published soon by Cervena Brava Press, Boston.
With Eli Hamo I co-directed the documentary “The Black Panthers (in Israel) Speak,” 2003. I directed “Azi Ayima” (come mother) in 2009, and I am now completing a new documentary “frenzy wind” on the Israeli poet Erez Bitton.
In my current research work I focus on Mizrahi (i.e., Middle Eastern Jewish) modern literature, during the Israeli era, since 1948. I’m mainly looking into political poetry of second generation Mizrahim.