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My anxiety and pain during the Scud attacks on Israel, where some of my family lives, did not cancel out my fear and anguish for the victims of the bombardment of Iraq, where I also have relatives.War, however, is the friend of binarisms, leaving little place for complex identities.This piece is written with the intent of opening up the multicultural debate, going beyond the U. census's simplistic categorization of Middle Eastern peoples as "whites." It's also written with the intent of multiculturalizing American notions of Jewishness.

For those of us who don't hide our Middle Easterness under one Jewish "we," it becomes tougher and tougher to exist in an American context hostile to the very notion of Easterness.As an Arab Jew, I am often obliged to explain the "mysteries" of this oxymoronic entity.Although I in no way want to idealize that experience--there were occasional tensions, discriminations, even violence--on the whole, we lived quite comfortably within Muslim societies.Our history simply cannot be discussed in European Jewish terminology.She writes often for such journals as Social Text and the Journal for Palestine issues of racial and colonial discourse are discussed in the U.

S., people of Middle Eastern and North African origin are often excluded.Americans are often amazed to discover the existentially nauseating or charmingly exotic possibilities of such a syncretic identity.I recall a well-established colleague who despite my elaborate lessons on the history of Arab Jews, still had trouble understanding that I was not a tragic anomaly--for instance, the daughter of an Arab (Palestinian) and an Israeli (European Jew).The Gulf War, for example, intensified a pressure already familiar to the Arab Jewish diaspora in the wake of the Israeli-Arab conflict: a pressure to choose between being a Jew and being an Arab.For our families, who have lived in Mesopotamia since at least the Babylonian exile, who have been Arabized for millennia, and who were abruptly dislodged to Israel 45 years ago, to be suddenly forced to assume a homogenous European Jewish identity based on experiences in Russia, Poland and Germany, was an exercise in self devastation.If you go to our synagogues, even in New York, Montreal, Paris or London, you'll be amazed to hear the winding quarter tones of our music which the uninitiated might imagine to be coming from a mosque.