When I lived in Augusta, Georgia, in the early '70s, our house was vandalized, with epithets painted on the walls calling us n****r-loving Jews because we supported school integration. Today, #BLM leaders say that, as a Jew, I am a white colonizer.
I was ten years old when this happened and it had a huge impact on my life and on my identity as a Jew. We left Georgia for good after that, and moved to Michigan.
It was an early lesson in what it means to be Jewish. We are often on the side of the powerless, yet we are always under suspicion for wielding an unseen, yet nonexistent, power.
I wrote this in the @jdforward a couple of years ago about my family's experiences in the racist South. forward.com/opinion/426830…

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This idea that the Palestinians are the only indigenous people of Israel is ridiculous. The land of Israel has been central to Judaism since the beginning, and through the long exile. Most of the Palestinians are descendents of later colonizers and conquerors.
Arguing history, though, is a sure way to repeat it and never move forward. But there needs to be an understanding that Zionism was never a colonial project. Jews were never powerful enough in the diaspora to colonize anything. Zionism was, and is, a movement to come home.
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Between the Jewish white nationalists of the @RJC and anti-Zionists of @jvplive, there are just enough Jewish apologists for anti-Semites to make it appear that we are complicit in our own persecution. They may be outliers, but they appear to be more numerous in the online world.
@RJC @jvplive Because, in the end, it is always the Jews, themselves, who are blamed for anti-Semitism. If only they weren't communists, if only they weren't white supremacists, if only they didn't support Israel, if only they didn't think they were white ... etc.
@RJC @jvplive Anti-Semites love tokens like Trump-supporting Jews or anti-Israel Jews as examples of "good Jews." But in the post-mortem of persecution, the outliers are held up as the reason behind the pogroms. If you don't believe me, look at how Poland now blames the Jews for the Holocaust.
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