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I am basically a secular humanist Jew, raised Reform although my religious education was sadly incomplete. I presently identify more with the Jewish Renewal movement than with Reform Judaism. Although I don't consider myself an atheist, I prefer to be religious or spiritual on my own time and in my own way. I am a committed believer in the separation of religion and state, both in the U.S. and in Israel. With regard to Israel/Palestine: I have had to revise this part of my profile, because 17 days into Operation Protective Edge (July 25, 2014), I still described myself as "a VERY liberal Zionist," albeit with a great many qualifiers. I now realize there can be no such thing as a liberal Zionist, just as there can be no such thing as a "Jewish democratic" state. It's a contradiction in terms. ANY state that privileges one religion and/or ethnicity over all others has no business calling itself a democracy. Period. I now describe myself as a recovering Zionist. In the past year of reading Mondoweiss regularly (I read it sporadically before) I have come to realize how appallingly naive I was. Pretty much everything I thought I knew about the history of the Zionist movement and the Jewish state was based on lies. I was systematically deceived along with the rest of my Jewish baby boomer generation. Coming to terms with this colossal deception and its effects has been MUCH harder for me emotionally than intellectually. I have never been one to cling stubbornly to discredited "facts" after they have been discredited and proven not to be facts at all, no matter how long I believed them. But it is a source of inexpressible pain to me to see the Jewish people--or a significant portion of them anyway--turn into the horrifying fascist image of their worst enemies and oppressors. The longer the occupation goes on the worse it gets, and the more the world turns against Israel. The status quo is unsustainable and morally indefensible. It cannot and will not continue for much longer.