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Take Your Dance Meds! Featuring Seattle Womxn’s Original Music.

“Take Your Dance Meds!” will be a live virtual dance class for healing on the mind-body-spirit levels. Date and time TBA – check back for details – and it will be a livestream on Facebook.com/IraqisInPajamas. The class is open to and appropriate for people of all levels of ability and disability, including you, even if you think you “can’t dance.” To make the class safe for participants, it will draw from the Dancing with Pain® method for natural pain relief – which has been featured in top media including the New York Times, ABC News, and Fox News.

There is a requested contribution of $5-$20, to support the time and energy that has gone into developing, producing, promoting, and facilitating the class, and to honor the 15 years of experience, research, and knowledge that have gone into developing and teaching the Dancing with Pain® method. Contributions can be made on Venmo. No payment is required, however, so that everyone who needs the class can access it, regardless of financial circumstances.

Dancing with Pain® method founder Loolwa Khazzoom, who also is the founder of the Seattle-based band Iraqis in Pajamas, will facilitate this class. During the […]

By Failing to Hold Arab Leadership Accountable, the Progressive Movement Enables Racism Against Jews

This article was first published in The Huffington Post on June 11, 2016

Last week marked the anniversary of the farhud, the pro-Nazi massacre of Jews in Baghdad, Iraq, in 1941. Hajj Amin al-Husayni, the mufti of Jerusalem, was a Nazi sympathizer who had met with Hitler in Germany and incited genocidal violence against the Jews throughout the Middle East and North Africa. More important than knowing this fact from history books, I know it from the personal experience of my family – Jewish refugees from Iraq, who survived the farhud.

Earlier that year, numerous Arab leaders — most notably Hajj Amin al-Husayni, the mufti of Jerusalem — arrived in Berlin, as guests of the Nazi regime. Al-Husayni drafted a political declaration, which he presented to the Axis allies of Nazi Germany and fascist Italy, in the hope they would adopt it. In paragraph seven of the declaration, he would have Germany and Italy “recognize the rights of Palestine and other Arab countries [to] resolve the problem of the Jewish elements in Palestine and the other Arab countries in the same way as the problem […]

Racist Zoombombers and the Healing Power of Love

I’ve been contemplating the healing powers of love. On Friday night, my heart was filled with love and joy, as I prepared to lead a prayer service. Over 100 people from the spectrum of faiths, nationalities, and ethnicities showed up on the Zoom call, to share in rejoicing the Iraqi Jewish tradition of my ancestry. Then it was Zoombombed by racists who tried to jam the audio and who sent pictures of swastikas and anti-Semitic texts. I didn’t know until we got to the part of the service where I was leading group singing. I asked the facilitator to unmute everyone, and I was told he couldn’t because he was keeping that situation in check. Honestly, I wanted to invite the haters to sing with us! It felt so sad that they wanted to join us only to indulge in venom, instead of to exalt in the Divine and to lift up our hearts and voices together in celebration.

Regardless, I adapted to the situation and led the singing, imagining the voices of everyone joining in the call-and-response. While I couldn’t hear […]