I’m frequently challenged by supporters of Israel along similar lines – why is Israel singled out?
I usually answer this way:
I know there other injustices in the world, but I don’t find any of my fellow citizens defending them in any way. But I do find some of my fellow citizens stridently defending the indefensible when inflicted by Israel.
I don’t drive down the streets of my city and find churches or mosques sporting billboards asking me to contribute to a foreign country that constantly commits human rights abuse but I see almost every synagogue festooned with Israel Bonds or JNF billboards.
I’ve never seen a religious school in my city flying the flag of another country, whether it is a church, mosque, or a mandir. Yet, I drive by Jewish schools in town and I see the flag of Israel flying side by side with the flag of Canada.
And finally, while all my fellow citizens who support Israel also strongly support the separation of religion and state in Canada, they seem to suffer amnesia when asked to support such a principle in Israel.
Frankly, asking me to turn a blind eye to all of this insults my intelligence.