The Invention of the Mizrahim

  title={The Invention of the Mizrahim},
  author={Ella Shohat},
  journal={Journal of Palestine Studies},
  • Ella Shohat
  • Published 1 October 1999
  • Sociology, Art
  • Journal of Palestine Studies
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