This is a brilliant post by Daniel Sieradski comparing American Jewish organizations’ tolerant attitudes toward illegal immigrants in our country and their intolerant attitudes toward the African immigrants in Israel.
Apparently, when it comes to the U.S., the Jewish community’s policy is amnesty, pathways to citizenship and family reunification – with some organizations even advising their members to break the law to aid refugees. But when it comes to Israel, the policy is, “Don’t let the door hit you in the ass on your way out.”
This post shows what Zionism is doing to American Jewish political attitudes. Dragging us right. It calls on our worst instincts. Or as Robert Lowell said of 1967: “We had a great wave of New York Jewish nationalism, all the doves turning into hawks.”