Movement Hijackers

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Every rally will have one. They find their way into every single protest that gets media time. Women’s rights, they are there. Black rights, they are there. Police shootings, they are there. Gay rights, they are always there. Who you ask?  You know who. You see them wave the Palestinian flag, signs with insults at all Israelis, the signs describing of apartheid, genocide and war crimes. Their message seems to be anti authority and yet there is something missing.

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Why American Jews Care About Israel So Much

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We rarely see people exert so much worry and concern for a country they came from as Jews do about Israel. Even more is the surprising length of time that Jews spent out of Israel (2000 years) and still care very much about what happens there. In America it is normal to see people have pride in their Mexican, Irish or Italian heritage while knowing very little of what goes on in the country of their ancestors and caring very little about American policy towards a place where their parents or grandparents came from, let alone the family that is two Millenia ago. But there are profound differences between Jews and Irish and Israel and Italy that I want to speak about that might make this more understood.

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An Attack On Israel Is An Attack On Me, Every Death Is Pointless.

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I think we forget that Israel has a mandatory conscription for all kids not because it wants to but because it has to. How many Americans want to go and serve? How many go as a choice? All of them and we honor every one of them. Yet in Israel everyone has to because if they don’t their homes, their loved ones will simply cease to exist because the countries around them refuse to accept the idea that Jewish people are people, that they are originally from Israel and that they have a right to live like anyone else.. Every time I hear of someone who is killed it is heartbreaking, because you know it is someone’s cousin or friend or child that has done nothing wrong..

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