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An answer to the security guard at Ben Gurion airport who demanded to know, ‘Why do you have to go to Gaza?’

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In March 2015 I accompanied 11 other medical professionals through Israel/Palestine, through the Erez checkpoint, and into Gaza.  We were traveling with Washington Physicians for Social Responsibility (WPSR), a medical and public health group with a longstanding history in advocacy for social justice, environmental health, and elimination of nuclear proliferation.

WPSR has been traveling to Gaza for twenty years and had most recently visited in October, just weeks after the deadly summer siege in 2014 that killed thousands of Palestinian civilians.  Thousands more were wounded, and still more are now homeless, left to struggle with even less in a land already cut off at every pass.  No piece of life was untouched by death and destruction.  Not a hospital, a mosque, nor a school was safe.

Our group spent 10 days in the Gaza Strip. Everything I saw, heard, and experienced was with both joy and pain: joy for the immense love and generosity from the people of Gaza and all that Gaza is and could be, and pain at what has been stolen and gouged out of the land and hearts of the people.  A man living in his home with his two children, bombed out.  One small rug, three teacups, one tea kettle, several cinder blocks for chairs, and one missile shell.  He slept with it by his bed, which was a piece of torn rug.   Did the shell serve as a reminder?  A souvenir of his disbelief?

He showed it to me as we were waiting for the water to boil, his eager eyes recreating the story of the day his house fell to the ground.  His eyes and hands were the only way we could communicate.  He reached up and used the bomb to show me how it fell from the sky and landed in his home.  Friends translated that they were able to escape without injury, but there was nothing left of their home, nothing left of the city of Khan Younis except for tangled rebar and so much concrete that it grayed out the sky.

Before we returned to the room that once was the living room but now held only the gray cinder blocks and small fire, he pointed to the name on the missile: Property of The United States.  I am disturbingly aware that my government is complicit in the Israeli Occupation of Palestine and is its primary financial supporter.  To see the name of my country etched into the side of a bomb that was responsible for ripping this man’s life and the entirety of Gaza apart was the most appalling experience I have ever had.

Fast forward two weeks and now I am back in the land of checkpoints, settlements, and Israeli Defense Forces.  The Holy Land.  My first night out of Gaza was spent in Jerusalem.  The city felt so big and I missed the warm smiles of my friends only several hours away.  So close, yet they couldn’t be farther.  They could never come and meet me here for coffee, stroll through the quarters in the Old City, or go to a museum. They cannot even visit their most revered sites to pray.

My feeling of loss is hard to explain.  Once I had crossed through the Erez checkpoint I felt strikingly alone.  It is a disorienting feeling to have such harsh barriers blockading access to something that feels so pure–friendship.  The fact that my friends are denied their freedom and innate right to navigate borders makes me feel sick.  This pales greatly in comparison to all that the people of Palestine endure day in and day out and have resiliently endured for generations.

It was a harsh reality to live in Gaza for those 10 days, but a different kind of edge took hold of me as I transitioned back from Gaza to Jerusalem and finally to Tel Aviv where I caught a taxi to the airport.  The taxi driver struck up a conversation with me.  He asked how long I had been in Israel, where I had gone, what sights I had seen.  Knowing what a divisive topic Gaza is I first answered his question by saying that I visited the “Palestinian Territories.”  When he asked further, I told him that I had done work with WPSR in Gaza. He nearly swerved off the road.  He seemed equally horrified and intrigued and started asking me questions as rapidly as he was giving me his own version of history.

He already had his opinions and was ready to fight, so all I wanted to convey was that I had experienced an immense amount of kindness and generosity while in Gaza.  He wanted to know what life was like there and I fiercely wanted to leave him with an understanding of the strength, warmth, family devotion and hope that I experienced there.  I told him about the beautiful new school, the family dinners, how people love the sea, the weddings and the babies — that life and the people there could easily be my family or his.  He decried this statement venomously and told me it could be my family, maybe, but not his.

After his outburst, he was silent for a moment and then wanted me to know what the Israeli news had told him about Gaza — about the violence and the desire for the destruction of Israel.  I told him that I had not met a person who spoke about the things he was speaking of.  There was talk of peace and forgiveness, hope and healing.  He just sat there shaking his head and told me that this cannot be true because this is all that the Israelis want.  I told him that more than he must realize, everyone wants the same thing: Peace.

He then said something that gave me hope.  He wondered out loud,  “If what you are saying is true, could the media be lying to everyone?”  I couldn’t tell if he was asking himself, me, or was he just hoping for someone to provide him with an answer that could prove him wrong.  He seemed to quickly dismiss the idea that the media could purposefully do such a thing, but I felt the seed was planted.  I am hopeful that something occurred for this man on that day to help him expand his sense of reality outside of his current worldview, which similarly has indoctrinated the majority of Israeli people and institutions.  But who knows.  One aspect of that interaction which quiets me with disbelief is how dangerous the colonial mindset is.  The elements of superiority, egocentrism, entitlement, lack of self/collective accountability, and insight.  This will always lead to destruction and the worst stripping of humanity.

I began the check-in process at the airport the earliest they allowed, two hours beforehand.  Upon my arrival in Israel, they never stamped my passport, though they did stamp it at the Erez checkpoint.  This was fine with me.  However, this fact created quite a problem for me during the check-in process back in the Ben Gurion Airport.

Upon first glance at the stamp in the back pages of my passport, the young woman screening each passenger silently and quickly changed places with a still young yet more outspoken security guard.

She asked me a series of questions in rapid-fire. Not unlike I had heard before from family members who had traveled to Israel.  “Who is my father? Grandfather? Where were they born? Where was I born?  Where do I live? How long did I stay in Israel?  Where did I go? Where did I stay? Do I know anyone in Israel? Do I know anyone in the ‘Palestinian Territories?’ Who did I travel with?  What do I do for a living?  Did I go to Hebrew School?  Do I speak Hebrew?  Did I have a Bat Mitzvah?”

No matter how factual, she seemed to disapprove of every answer I gave her.  She called her colleague over — a young man who appeared to be more outfitted for security purposes than she.  Again, my passport was handed over and the back pages pointed out.  His eyes narrowed in on me, more as a glare, and he asked what I was doing in Gaza.  I told him volunteering for WPSR.  I explained the group and the work that we did while in Gaza.  He continued to question me on the specifics of who I knew there, which organizations we were affiliated with, where did we stay, how many times had I been there, how did I get in.  Then he asked me point blank, why didn’t I help the people of Israel, they need help too.  I responded that the people of Israel did not need our help.  They receive plenty of help and they have a lifestyle that is very supportive and comfortable for the people’s needs.  Gaza, on the other hand, has been denied this.  He shook his head and said Israel needs help, too, and asked why would I help the Palestinians?  I tried to hide the anger in my voice, and very clearly said, “Israel does not need help.  Gaza needs help.”

Seemingly unhappy with my responses, he told me to hold on, he must get his manager.  She approached me with a warm smile and began the same, long, round of questioning that the other two guards had already gone through.  She apologized, and very pleasantly reassured me its just protocol.  She then started to ask random and more specific questions.   Where and when did I graduate from college?  Why was I not traveling with my group?  What was I doing in Gaza?  Where had I held jobs for the past five years?  Why did I move from California to Florida?

The questions became more and more arbitrary and her tone became less and less reassuring.  At one point it was revealed that I hadn’t worked for the better part of 2014.  She excitedly pointed this out and tried to say that I had lied to her because I told her I had been a nurse since 2011, which is when I passed my boards and graduated.  In 2014 I was in a severe car accident and couldn’t work and before this time I had only one year of work experience.  She began to call me a liar and said that I had lied about how long I was a nurse.  I told her I count the time I have been a nurse as the time that I held my Registered Nursing license.  Frustrated, she threw up her hands and point blank asked me, “Why do you go to Gaza? You can go anywhere else. Go to Africa or something. Why do you have to go to Gaza?”

I let the anger wash through me and attempted to step back with amusement at the people in front of me, running themselves in circles, inciting themselves through their own belief systems of hatred and ignorance.  But this felt nearly impossible because everywhere I looked I was staring at the face of the oppressor and every link that keeps this system functioning.

I took a deep breath, filled with the utmost love for a place I have only just gotten to know, smiled, and told her, “Because this [Gaza] is where I wanted to go.”

Ultimately, they let me through.  Just a glimpse into what my colleagues, who have had much harsher experiences go through each time and what the people of Palestine, who live under militarized occupation, must endure daily.

I created family while I was there.  I created ties with people that welcomed me into their homes to meet as many family members as possible, those who were still left.  We gathered, and we celebrated.  We celebrated being together, being alive, our newfound connections, and the fact that our very presence was a reminder that Gaza is not forgotten.

Miakoda Wolin-Collins

Miakoda Wolin-Collins is a Registered Nurse at St. Joseph’s Children’s Hospital and a graduate student at the University of Tampa’s Master’s in Nursing Science program. She entered the medical field as a means to confront social injustice and human rights abuses, both locally and internationally. As a Native American-Jewish woman, the Palestinian-Israeli conflict feels exceptionally personal to her.

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  1. DaBakr on November 6, 2015, 9:10 am

    if she is so displeased with the level of security [which she considers harassment ] from our border/security control then by all means she -and her group-should travel through Egypt. And then she can write a report on her experiences there. It would be a good counter-point.

    • John O on November 6, 2015, 12:32 pm

      One problem with your argument is – she was leaving, not entering, Israel. She had already left Israel to go into Gaza, and had her passport duly stamped, and returned to Israel with nothing worthy of note in this essay happening. What happened at the airport was harassment, pure and simple.

    • chocopie on November 6, 2015, 1:05 pm

      If you think someone should write about that, you can do it. Nothing’s stopping you.

      I for one am fascinated reading about your country’s “border/security control.” It’s so interesting how you protect yourselves by asking about your visitors’ grandfathers.

      • pabelmont on November 6, 2015, 9:05 pm

        And not grandmothers, which might have been of interest if they were investigating Jewishness. so if you’d had a Jewish grandfather and an Arab grandmother, their elaborate questioning would not have revealed that (you know, that very very appalling-to-them fact).

    • talknic on November 7, 2015, 3:43 am

      @ DaBakr “if she is so displeased with the level of security … “

      What security purpose was actually served by the questions?

    • CigarGod on November 7, 2015, 6:16 am

      Love the police state or leave it, eh?
      I love how you always play both the straight man and the comic.

    • eljay on November 7, 2015, 8:17 am

      … One aspect of that interaction which quiets me with disbelief is how dangerous the colonial mindset is. The elements of superiority, egocentrism, entitlement, lack of self/collective accountability, and insight. This will always lead to destruction and the worst stripping of humanity. …

      It’s a perfect description of Zio-supremacists. DaBakr and his typically dismissive reply do it justice.

    • Kay24 on November 7, 2015, 8:42 am

      She simply made a mistake thinking she would get treated with respect from the only

      “democracy” in the world. She is not the first person to experience the zionist reception, there

      were others treated inhumanely, and most definitely there will be others in the future.

      The nazis did not get better, but worse.

    • kalithea on November 7, 2015, 1:54 pm

      Oh don’t get your britches all rumpled! If Gaza had sovereignty over its legal territory, it could have its own AIRPORT and you wouldn’t have to get all hot and bothered because your border security are behaving like regular Nazis and have to waste time interrogating the wonderful people who visit the human beings you have locked up in your open air concentration camp next door!

      • kalithea on November 7, 2015, 3:16 pm

        Surreal, poignant and insightful reporting into the cruelty that is Zionism.

        Thank you for taking the time to record your experience after doing the work you do so well on behalf of Palestinians and especially in Gaza, a forgotten wasteland created by Israel.

        Thank you on behalf of those in this world that neglect and ignore the people of Gaza and on behalf of those who are just not able to do what you do.

        Thank you for doing your part in reporting what you experienced so that the world that’s still ignorant can see and hopefully react and participate in the justice that your are helping to create.

        I was incredibly moved by your article. It baffles that some Israelis like that taxi driver play dumb to the hardship and injustice that their entitlement inflicts on Palestinians and pretend to be surprised to learn that the people of Gaza are human beings with human emotion and are actually nice people.

        I felt transported to Gaza; I felt the warmth that you felt there and the incredible resilience Gazans have that still gives me hope for those people whose courage and resilience inspires me every day in the face of my own personal struggles.

        I’m sure you realize that the reason you were subjected to such preposterous harassment by Israeli security is because they want to intimidate, bully you against reaching out again to the oppressed in Gaza; Israel’s open air concentration camp. If they could, they would find a way to keep you from returning to Gaza; but thankfully they could not deny you that right.

        Frustrated, she threw up her hands and point blank asked me, “Why do you go to Gaza? You can go anywhere else. Go to Africa or something. Why do you have to go to Gaza?” – I took a deep breath, filled with the utmost love for a place I have only just gotten to know, smiled, and told her, “Because this [Gaza] is where I wanted to go.” –EXACTLY! Because it’s your right and they can bully you but they can’t deny you your rights as they do with Palestinians, although they’re trying very hard to lobby for laws in the West to stop activism for Palestine.

        Keep on doing the amazing work you do.

        One more note, and regrettably I must bring this up.: I learned of at least one Zionist and maybe there are others who work with the same organization you are part of, and although I commend his efforts; please convey to him that nothing good has come from Zionism and nothing good will ever come from it and that if the devastation he witnessed in Gaza that is Zionism’s cyclical, systematic destruction and if proof of decades of ethnic cleansing, targeting civilians, hospitals, children, decades of gradual theft of Palestinian land and contamination of Palestinian land and water and torching and destruction of their livelihood is not enough to convince this person that Zionism is a destructive ideology and entitlement, then his efforts with your organization are not only self-defeating because his entitlement under Zionism is contributing to this injustice, but also hypocritical and will never cleanse him of what Zionism has done on his behalf and on behalf of other Jews. Especially as a witness to the crimes and injustice of Zionism he has a moral responsibility to reject Zionism and the entitlement that comes with it.

    • devonola on November 7, 2015, 11:58 pm

      Lol, is this your best line of defense for a war criminal? Find a more repressive place. Haha, well done

    • echinococcus on November 8, 2015, 2:42 am

      That border control is illegal. The power that orders it is illegal, being a colonial implant by Russians and Poles and Bessarabians and Martians and many others in Palestine where they have no rights and no business. So it is not only harassment, it’s aggression and a crime against humanity.

    • Leahj on November 13, 2015, 9:58 am

      DaBakr, Our countries should treat each other’s citizens the same. Would you be happy about the US treating Jewish Israelis leaving from one of our airports, the way your guys treated this Jewish-American at your airport? Not to mention the numerous Palestinian-Americans who’ve flown all the way to Israel/Palestine to visit family members, only to be interrogated for hours, then refused entry & sent back. And that’s not a cheap flight, either. Is it alright with you if we do that, too, to the same percentage of Israelis arriving here?

  2. JLewisDickerson on November 6, 2015, 10:41 am

    RE: “After his outburst, he was silent for a moment and then wanted me to know what the Israeli news had told him about Gaza — about the violence and the desire for the destruction of Israel. I told him that I had not met a person who spoke about the things he was speaking of. There was talk of peace and forgiveness, hope and healing. . . He then said something that gave me hope. He wondered out loud, “If what you are saying is true, could the media be lying to everyone?” ~ Miakoda Wolin-Collins

    “Israel’s Weird Elections”, by Uri Avnery, Counterpunch, 1/04/13:

    [EXCERPTS] . . . The Israeli media are already to a large extent neutralized, a creeping process not unsimilar to what the Germans used to call Gleichschaltung. [SEE: Gleichschaltung @ Wikipedia – J.L.D. ]
    All three TV channels are more or less bankrupt and dependent on government handouts. Their editors are practically government appointees. The printed press is also teetering on the brink of bankruptcy, except the largest “news” paper, which belongs to Sheldon Adelson and is a Netanyahu propaganda sheet, distributed gratis.
    [Naftali] Bennett repeats the ridiculous assertion that almost all journalists are left-wingers (meaning traitors.) He promises to put an end to this intolerable situation. . .
    . . . In the coming four years, the official annexation of the West Bank to Israel may become a fact. . .
    . . . If the government continues on its present course, this will lead to certain disaster – the entire country between the Mediterranean Sea and the Jordan River will become one unit under Israeli rule. This Greater Israel will contain an Arab majority and a shrinking Jewish minority, turning it inevitably into an apartheid state, plagued by a permanent civil war and shunned by the world.
    If pressure from without and within eventually compels the government to grant civil rights to the Arab majority, the country will turn into an Arab state. 134 years of Zionist endeavor will come to naught, a repetition of the Crusaders’ kingdom.
    This is so obvious, so inevitable, that one needs an iron will not to think about it. It seems that all major parties in these elections have this will. Speaking about peace, they believe, is poison. Giving back the West Bank and East Jerusalem for peace? God forbid even thinking about it.
    The weird fact is that this week two respected polls – independent of each other – came to the same conclusion: the great majority of Israeli voters favors the “two-state solution”
    , the creation of a Palestinian state along the 1967 borders and the partition of Jerusalem. This majority includes the majority of Likud voters, and even about half of Bennett’s adherents.
    How come? The explanation lies in the next question: How many voters believe that this solution is possible? The answer: almost nobody. Over dozens of years, Israelis have been brainwashed into believing that “the Arabs” don’t want peace. If they say they do, they are lying. . .


  3. Scott on November 6, 2015, 11:57 am

    Ms. Wolin-Collins,
    Beautifully crafted, poignant piece.

  4. lonely rico on November 6, 2015, 1:05 pm

    >Miakoda Wolin-Collins

    … the people in front of me, running themselves in circles, inciting themselves through their own belief systems of hatred and ignorance …

    DaBakr can’t resist the opportunity to make it clear that he stands shoulder to shoulder with these arrant fools.
    No comment on the appalling situation in Gaza DaB ? The consequences of Israel’s savage aggression(s) and cruel criminal blockade ?
    But look – nasty Egyptians, the Egypt of your close friend the murderous dictator El-Sisi; agents probably just as unpleasant as Israeli security agents.
    Just crawl back under your rock DaB.

    Thanks Ms. Wolin-Collins for your celebration with/of the heroic people of Gaza and this moving piece.

    • italian ex-pat on November 6, 2015, 6:57 pm

      “. . . your close friend . . El-Sisi.”

      Close friend? More like bribed by US’ billions to be a ‘friend’. Take away the $$$ and watch how long the friendship lasts.

  5. WH on November 6, 2015, 3:21 pm

    “everyone wants the same thing: Peace.”

    If only!

    • diasp0ra on November 7, 2015, 6:57 am

      Well, I would say that everyone does indeed want peace.

      But what this peace looks like can be radically different. If the Palestinians simply disappeared into the diaspora, that would be peace for Israelis.

      Peace for someone can be slavery for someone else. e.g. Pax Romana.

      • Citizen on November 7, 2015, 7:39 am

        Common hasbara talking point on Twitter: The Arabs have lots of states, the Jews only have one. Why begrudge them even one? You’re anti-Semitic.

      • diasp0ra on November 8, 2015, 6:04 am


        That’s why it’s so easy for Israelis to always wax poetic about how they want peace, but they never actually go into detail of what this peace wants. It sounds nice, and helps in portraying them as having to defend themselves when they only want peace.

        There was a similar survey carried out by Haaretz which asked if Israelis supported the 2 state solution. The 2 state solution has become such a buzzword but there is really no consensus on how it would be carried out in Israeli society. So in front of people, look, the Israelis want a two state solution! They still want peace! Around 60 percent or so wanted this solution.

        But when the survey asked for the specifics of the two state solution, the common line, West Bank + Gaza + East Jerusalem, NO RETURN, Israel KEEPS MOST SETTLEMENTS. The support for the two state solution dropped to the 30s! Even this totally skewed and unfair deal was not supported by the vast majority of Israelis.

        Buzzwords like “pro peace” are designed specifically to obfuscate reality. It invites immediate sympathy, how could anyone be anti-peace? That’s why J street and the like are so successful in trying to plant a human face on Zionism in the US. Because most people don’t know enough to question what this peace means.

        Here is the survey if you are interested:

      • CigarGod on November 8, 2015, 9:48 am

        One of my best tools is to simply ask people. “What do you mean by that?”

        What you say is exactly correct. “Peace” is a hologram projected over Israel. They ooh and aawe when it is turned on, but are unable to define it.

  6. Marnie on November 7, 2015, 7:38 am

    “One aspect of that interaction which quiets me with disbelief is how dangerous the colonial mindset is. The elements of superiority, egocentrism, entitlement, lack of self/collective accountability, and insight. This will always lead to destruction and the worst stripping of humanity. ”

    The most accurate description I’ve ever read.

  7. TerriKnoll on November 7, 2015, 11:31 am

    My answer to “why do you have to go to Gaza” would have been “none of your damn business”.

    • Leahj on November 13, 2015, 9:35 am

      “My answer to “why do you have to go to Gaza” would have been “none of your damn business”. ”

      Or perhaps, “I didn’t have to. I chose to.”

  8. JWalters on November 7, 2015, 7:04 pm

    The security checkpoints are not only in Israel. Every airport in America has security checkpoints that are also parts of Israel’s war. Every American flying from one city in America to even another city in America must go through Israeli security checkpoints. They may be staffed by local Americans, but their purpose is to protect Americans from the fallout of Israel’s war.

  9. kalithea on November 7, 2015, 8:23 pm

    I’m writing this after my other comment and hopefully the other will be posted so that everyone can understand why I wrote what I wrote after the words one more note.
    It was definitely not to be mean, but even a hint of duplicity undermines the cause of justice.

    I understand that becoming an anti-Zionist is a process that requires an inner struggle; I get that. How can I express this? The Zionist left or what I loathe calling Liberal Zionism are to justice what a Band-Aid and antibiotic ointment are to…a cancerous tumor. Basically, these Zionists try to nurse (sorry, no pun or offense intended at all) a tumor instead of excising it, which is the only way to get to the healing process. It’s not easy; but this excise an essential step, because without it nothing is possible.

    The damage that prolonged Zionist Left activism does is a conversation that needs to be had. It’s unavoidable. In prolonging the inevitable through solidarity with the plight of Palestinians while continuing to indulge the notion of Zionism; these Zionists are allowing that cancer to metastasize with the passing of time by applying a dressing that only hides the truth. It’s true that I have expressed contempt for Liberal Zionists, even if I know some mean well, and there are several reasons; but two that stand out for me are the following: First, Liberal Zionists are patronizing; they preach and talk down to Palestinians example: preaching that they should be ghandis while these people are being corralled and gunned down in checkpoints. Clearly these Zionists sense of entitlement is so second nature it taints their judgement and undermines everything good they attempt to do. Secondly, Liberal Zionists are great salespeople for Zionism; they color Zionism in a way that is so far removed from reality, common sense and historical fact that it insults anyone’s intelligence. Here is how a Peace Now Zionist Liberal sells it: To me, being a Zionist means striving for a better Israel, doing everything to end the conflict between us and the Palestinians, thereby shoring up the legitimacy of the core Zionist concept: a state of the Jewish people in the land of Israel. The struggle for such a Zionism and such a state, it turns out, was not concluded in 1948; it continues in our own time.

    It’s not the struggle for such a state that continues; it’s the misery and suffering it imposed on Palestinians that continues. The possibility of that better state never was and never will be a reality. What continues is the struggle for justice for the Palestinian people; in that I believe; but justice and healing can only happen if Zionism is defined for what it is and not what wishful-thinking Liberal Zionists pretend or hope it could be.

    She goes on to state: The connotation of the word Zionist is changing all the time. No it’s not! Zionist and Zionism have not changed one iota; because Zionism is what it is: a racist, ideology wrapped up in a myth of supremacy and exploiting the Holocaust which together constitute an impenetrable psychological obstacle for justice.

    You can’t redefine Zionism to make it sell better or infuse hope into something so flawed because this is dishonest and needlessly delays justice causing perpetual suffering. Let that hurtful illusion go so the healing can take place, excise Zionism already!

    I’m posting a link to EI of a discussion that occurred there after a rally organized in 2011!by the Zionist Left in Israel which I should say are not growing but disappearing as fast as an endangered species and this fact further corroborates how futile and dishonest is the aim of Liberal Zionists. So here we are 4 years later, and what some see as a third intifada underway, and STILL the Zionist Left continue to cling to and indulge their precious Zionism at the expense of a just and moral outcome.

    There is only one Zionism; a Zionism defined by Apartheid, Ethnic Cleansing and Destruction.

    Unless these so-called Liberal Zionists reject Zionism Palestinians will suffer indefinitely and face more death and destruction. Stop obstructing justice for Palestinians by pretending it’s something you can make better in yet 4 more years! Let Zionism go, already.

    • Marnie on November 7, 2015, 11:48 pm

      A liberal zionist is the most dangerous because they play both sides (hence the “liberal” moniker they so love), but still want to keep that special chosen status and all the hype that goes with it, then sadly smile and proclaim their undying love for the state of Israel, like some idiot hormonally-driven teenager. “I know, I know, she’s (Israel) a crazy bitch, can’t reason with her, she fights with everyone and always demands things go her way, but the sex! especially in nightclub bathrooms….I can’t leave her, but I’m slowly trying to medicate her without her knowledge. A little Prozac here, some Wellbutrin there. I see progress, I really, really do. Last night she only blackened my left eye!”

      • CigarGod on November 8, 2015, 9:59 am

        Love the image, Marnie.
        The good news is, a lot of us who used to fit your definition…and went thru that little parrot act, soon recognized an empty feeling in the gut…and knew it was there because because it hadn’t been fed any action/result.

        So, it was a step from Liberal to Liberationist, for me. There is a general road map/process…I think.

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