As a Jew, I was taught that it was ethically imperative to speak up and to speak out against arbitrary state violence.... I would also say that what became really hard for me is that if one wanted to criticize Israeli state violence -- precisely because that as a Jew one is under obligation to criticize excessive state violence and state racism -- then one is in a bind, because one is told that one is either self-hating as a Jew or engaging anti-Semitism. And yet for me, it comes out of a certain Jewish value of social justice. So how can I fulfill my obligation as a Jew to speak out against an injustice when, in speaking out against Israeli state and military injustice, I am accused of not being a good enough Jew or of being a self-hating Jew? This is the bind of my current situation.
Sunday, March 31, 2013
[Awesome. From the HuffPost.]