judaism, politics 

There's a lot of complexity for progressive Jews such as myself- who believe in social justice, who deeply oppose the right wing government that has been at power (while not a majority) in Israel for two decades, and at the same time knowing the lessons of history, knowing that we aren't safe, that we deserve self-determination.

I believe in Israel, even as I deeply disagree with its policies, just as I believe in the United States while being devastated by Bush and Trump.

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judaism, politics 

I see many people speaking on the conflict in Israel as if there is a unified singular fight. There is not. There are at least four individual situations that have come together, yet I see people spouting mantras even without being able to identify these places on the map.

And most frightening to me, I see the same pattern of Jews needing to take a litmus test or face expulsion from social circles. "Denounce Israel and prove you're one of the good ones."

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