Author: Mya Guarnieri Jaradat and Joel Schalit
Mya Guarnieri Jaradat is the author of The Unchosen: The Lives of Israel's New Others (Pluto Press) and has contributed to numerous publications including Haaretz, 972 and AJE. Joel Schalit is the co-editor-in-chief of Souciant and editor of the Brussels-based Battleground.


In the fourth grade, I stopped saying the pledge of the allegiance. While the other children clapped their hands to their hearts, I stood, my arms limp, lips still. It was not an act of rebellion, nor did I intend to disrespect the United States. I’d simply decided—after several classmates had tried to convert me to Christianity—that we were not “one nation, under God, indivisible”. As a Jew, I felt that my place was elsewhere. (More…)