Nathan, Joel’s article struck me as something that aside from the topic could have been written by anyone from almost any other religion. My parents were Anglican but the family had left the Catholic church in great anger over an experience of corruption within the church. I only became aware of a “Jewish” identity when I learned of the genocide of Nazi death camps. I was not raised with anti-Jewish attitudes. (don’t like the appropriation of Semitism in the term anti-Semite). The religious predjudice I experienced was wholeheartedly directed at Papists.
In my youth I was attracted to the romance and adventure of the founding of Israel–it stirred me.
Now Irealize that was just a good story, a narrative, not the truth. I am not so much obsessively concerned with the Palestine/Isreal issue as with colonialism, especially settler-colonialism.
Likewise, as the greatest threat to world peace and stability I abhor the US’s role in supportinng–for it’s own imperialistic interests–the illegal state of Israel. So no, I don’t believe in Israel’s right to exist–AS IT’S PRESENTLY CONSTITUTED. Neither do I believe in the USA’s right to exist as it is. The settler/colonial states all need to come to an equitable and fair agreement with the indigenous peoples. Reparations need to be made in the US for the holocaust of slavery.
The rationale for the founding of Israel has no more logic and justice than the genocidal founding of the states in North and South America. The historical right to the land that Israel claims is bizarre when one considers the support colonizers such as Britain, Spain and their former colonies like Canada and the US profer. Surely anyone above idiot level can see the contradiction. You think Israel has the right to Palestinian lands. Then give the indigenous people back theirs, NOW.