A Queer Way Out: The Politics of Queer Emigration from Israel

SUNY Press
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 Argues that queer Israeli emigrants engage in a deliberately unheroic form of resistance to Zionism.
The very language of Zionism prizes the concept of immigration to Israel (aliyah, literally ascending) while stigmatizing emigration from Israel (yerida, descending). In A Queer Way Out, Hila Amit explores the as-yet-untold story of queer Israeli emigrants. Drawing on extensive fieldwork in Berlin, London, and New York, she examines motivations for departure and feelings of unbelonging to the Israeli national collective. Amit shows that sexual orientation and left-wing political affiliation play significant roles in decisions to leave. Queer Israeli emigrants question national and heterosexual norms such as army service, monogamy, and reproduction. Amit argues that emigration itself is not only a political act, but one that pioneers a deliberately unheroic form of resistance to Zionist ideology. This fascinating study enriches our understandings of migration, political activism, and queer forms of living in Israel and beyond.
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About the author

 Hila Amit received her PhD in gender studies from SOAS University of London.

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Publisher
SUNY Press
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Published on
May 23, 2018
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Pages
252
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ISBN
9781438470122
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Language
English
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Genres
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Emigration & Immigration
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