Before I was a skeptic I was a pagan, and before I was a pagan I was a Jew. Among many- though not all- Jewish families, I've found that there is an assumption that if you are Jewish you support Israel. You know, "my country right or wrong." I do not support Israel, and I will list my reasons, but first: I am considering doing Birthright. My younger sister just came back and it sounded like something I'd enjoy, but I'm worried about feeling uncomfortable in a country which I feel has no right to exist, and being among other visitors who probably don't share the following perspective, so I wonder if going is really a good idea. I can only do it once before I'm too old, and it's free, so it's not like I'd be giving money to a state which I feel has no right to exist, but I'd be there with "other" Jews, who I find rather alien these days much as I find all religious thinkers to be alien. I know it's a secular trip and there's no proselytizing, but that's not the issue. The issue is that I am a very opinionated person who knows nothing of sports and can't make small talk and gets bored very quickly unless the subject is science or politics or history or punk rock, AND...
1. The UN should not respect land claims based on scripture. I don't care if the land was won in a war, the basis of that war was a fucking biblical claim.
2. As a secular humanist I cannot support a "Jewish State" anymore than I could support a "Christian Nation."
3. Just because I am not pro-Israel does not mean I am pro-Palestinian. First, I despise all nationalism (anything less would be intellectual dishonesty), and second, they're like two children fighting over a toy and if they can't share it properly they shouldn't be able to play with it.
I believe in challenging my preconceptions. I don't think my opinions will change, but I am willing to go anyway and to try to have a good time regardless of my political feelings about the situation. But I needed to vent, and this seemed the best place, and I'd like to hear some feedback from you guys on 1-3 as well as the prospect of my going to Israel.
“It is true that in the land of the blind, the one-eyed man is king. It is equally true that in the land of the blind, the two-eyed man is an enemy of the state, the people, and domestic tranquility… and necessarily so. Someone has to rearrange the furniture.”