I'm not a "Rah-rah" multiculturalist, but then neither am I a my-ethnic-group-first kind of guy, either. I consider myself conservative because A) on social issues I am conservative and B) anyone who isn't a Rah-rah multiculturalist is basically conservative in this day and age (as I see things, anyway).
From my standpoint: I have to say, I find it very interesting when American liberals give Israel a pass when it comes to the dictates of multiculturalism and yet grill their own country over the smallest of sins. Darren Wilson: What temerity! He actually tried to save his life! Racist!!!
Israel: Well, you know the Jews need a safe haven, don't you? You DO KNOW history, don't you?
Of course, even if we accept that the Jewish community had nothing to do with historical European anti-semitism (I don't think this is reasonable, but I'll entertain the notion for the sake of argument), it simply doesn't follow that Israel should be an ethnostate.
Why, after all, ASSUMING ONE IS COMMITTED TO MULTICULTURALISM (definitely the impression NPR-type liberals would like to give us), would one throw the baby out with the bath water? If European gentiles were the problem, then by all means bar them from Israel. By don't bar anyone else: Arabs, Africans, Muslims, Buddhists, Shamanists--anyone and everyone else should be let in! And there's no need for Jews to maintain a majority--because that implies that different people groups (again, the European gentile group excepted) have conflicts of interests which can't be resolved easily through reason and by adhering to standards that "everyone knows" are correct: No negative generalizations (never! --and very rude, according to Annie (not that I completely disagree with her, by the way)) and a commitment to dialogue--which, we know, will solve everything.
"Brother! I hear you say you're concerned about Jewish persecution in faraway lands. I hear you say that your co-ethnics must come to Israel to escape such persecution. Now, brother, I may not be Jewish, but I am your brother and your fellow countryman, and as your brother I deeply care about you. In fact, you could say: Your concerns are my concerns. And, of course, the deeper your concerns are, the more my heart goes out for those concerns. (How bizarre to think I would only be concerned about minor issues but not about the deepest ones you care about!) So, of course there will be no conflict of interest. Why would you think otherwise? Again, because you are my brother, your concerns are my concerns, and, I know, vice-versa. Ethnicity and religion would never get in the way of our humanity!"
But! But! pro-Zionists say! (I can hear the pro-Zionist crowd saying this): The Arabs have done horrible things to Israelis! They would push us into the sea!
But! But! I could say in return: No justice, no peace, right? 700,000 Palestinians were expelled. Many discriminatory laws exist right now in Israel. Right the wrong and then everything will be fine. It's so simple. Sooo simple.
Again, I'm (really) sort of in the middle. I do think Jewish Israel is treating Palestinians poorly, but I also have doubts hyping multiculturalism because I have concerns about such societies living even relatively conflict free. My writing above is simply to show all of you folks in left-wing internet land how a conservative views matters: How hypocritical and two-faced (unprincipled) the mainstream liberal crowd is on Israel vis-a-vis America.
“a youth-led march to end racial profiling, police brutality, and honor the life of Michael Brown Jr.”
All well and good and necessary.
--Using this incident to trigger that kind of march: But isn't the problem that we don't know what happened yet? Is it or is it not entirely possible that Wilson was assaulted by Brown?
Question: How would you react if someone were to physically harm you to the point that they broke your eye socket bones? (Again, we don't know that Brown seriously harmed Wilson, but at this point that's a definite possibility.)
--I have a feeling that most of the (very academic, bookish) people on this site would be screaming bloody murder. "World! Look on my pain! My BRAIN could have been damaged! My SOUL! My precious, precious NEURONS!" Dropping the Bomb itself on Ferguson would hardly be sufficient punishment for such an outrage against humanity--nay, an outrage against the very Universe Itself!!!
--But as long as we're talking about someone else--particularly a white someone else--well then, without even knowing all the relevant information by all means roll out the red carpet for Multiculturalism! for Diversity! for our brother (who, in case you didn't know, is African-American!) Michael Brown!
Moral heroism at its finest!
As for the rabbi, she's got issues.