being an american jew is a mindfuck
we’re less than 80 years removed from the holocaust. we know survivors who are still alive. we’re raised believing there’s this magical country across the world that’s a homeland for jews. and then we learn the govt of that country is using its power to oppress non-jews.
we have family and friends who live in israel. many of us have been there on organized trips and have fond memories. then we realize we were able to enjoy because we weren’t told the truth about where we were. the word palestine was not uttered once.
so we start to speak out against the israeli occupation of palestine. we’re called traitors. we’re told we’re perpetuating antisemitism. we’re told it’s too complicated for us to understand. we’re told that, just like in most of history, the jews are the ones being persecuted.
we desperately want a safe place for jews. we know they tried to wipe us out so recently. but why does a safe homeland for us mean the subjugation of another? how can we justify supremacy when we’ve time and again been the victims of it?
the history of jewish oppression has created inter-generational trauma. many feel any form of self-preservation is justified because we’re always one breath away from annihilation. but traumatizing another group will never lessen ours.
i don’t have any answers. i don’t know how we fix it. all i know is that i exist solely because my grandfather was able to escape oppression while his family perished. and i’ll be damned if i’m told the death of palestinians is the price we must pay to survive.
i’m really appreciating all the affirmative responses to this. it’s making me feel less alone.

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