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  •  As a Jewish educator (0+ / 0-)

    Who has taught in both America and Israel I totally disagree.

    If you were correct about the Israeli side then Likud would have a lot more seats in the Knesset. The truth is that Israel is a democracy that argues plenty internally about what to do long term in order to end the killing.

    Also, I don't like Netanyahu but, extremist like Hamas? I would say he is more similar to Fatah leaders than anyone would care to admit (ie, selfish enough to put his personal interests and power over the best path for his people).

    Most of us who teach about Israel to our school kids struggle with what to and what not to include about Israeli history. Overall we have gotten more honest with our kids than we once were. As a high school student I was taught that Arab Israelis lived in poverty because they "liked it that way" (I kid you not). Today most of us teach about how Israel has struggled with racism towards and suspicion of its Arab citizens and that the quality of life lived by Israeli Arabs is lower because of prejudiced choices in the past.

    Many of us who teach American Jews have come over to the idea that we can both support Israel as Zionists and be publicly critical of her when she does wrong and that the two behaviors do not have to be mutually exclusive.

    We have our crazy fringe in the Israeli world - like the price tag idiots today - but usually we do not allow the crazy out too much. We suffer more from mediocre, selfish leadership than from actual extremism.

    If you believe that ALL criticism of Israel is antisemitic, you're an idiot.
    If you believe that NONE of the criticism of Israel is antisemitic, you're a fool.
    If you call EVERYONE who criticizes Israel antisemitic, you're just an a$$hole

    by A Gutin Daf on Sun Nov 18, 2012 at 01:17:29 PM PST

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