Boo Settlement Building!

March 21, 2010 at 3:00 am (israel, labor zionism) (, , )

Upon hearing that Israel chose to use the occasion of Joe Biden’s visit to declare that 1,600 more houses would be built in East Jerusalem, I noticed how separate I feel from the conflict. I was mad at them, sure. Frustrated, disappointed but not surprised really. I have never been a fan of Netanyahu- he’s the George Bush of Israeli politics- but with the coalition he’s running with all of this settlement building is bound to happen.And it’s a democracy right, so? I guess i’m glad i’m not living there right now with all the idiots who put him in charge. My connection to Israel these days seems to come in form of Halumi sandwhiches eaten at Aroma Cafe on Sunset and stalking good falafel. I am clear that settlement building is a step away from peace and that the Israeli public feels less inclined to compromise now than ever before. This is not a good time for peace in Israel. The temporary security that has been achieved through military policy is not peace. I don’t know what to do about it though. My years as a campus activist seem very long ago…ISRAEL GET YOUR ACT TOGETHER!

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we have become our own worst nightmare

January 17, 2009 at 4:10 am (labor zionism) (, )

Gaza is such a mess. I remember when my ex was in the army and Israel was still in full occupation mode, before the withdrawal, it was a point on which we agreed. Israel had to get out. Serving there was a loathsome task and dealing with it, in general, engendered regularly comments like ” it should fall into the sea”.  Noone knew what to do about it. It seems that again Israel is clearly in the wrong regarding Gaza and needs to get out. The human rights reports coming from the current invasion are saddening and shocking both. It is not behavior that should be enabled or justified.  There must be a cease fire. I have put up a link to Israeli human rights groups,demoloished_building-gaza as I see them as the most likely to be reputable and unbiased. At times like these my love for Israel feels alot like a stomach ache, acid indigestion. Reading Gila Svirsky’s missive, I liked the sign she said she was carrying ” we have become our own worst nightmare”.

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