I spent a lot of my life avoiding learning about the Israel-Palestine conflict, knowing that my Jewish roots and radical roots might make understanding and drawing any conclusions about the situation incredibly difficult.
My denial and avoidance tactics were thwarted by interacting with my family and becoming increasingly invested in my undergraduate major.
While I can not and do not wish to enforce my beliefs upon anyone else, it feels really important for me to explain why even as a person with a strong personal connection to Judaism, I find the way the US government supports Israel to be unacceptable.
My support of Palestine's existence and my criticism of unwavering US support of Israel have led a lot of people in my Jewish social communities to chalk my beliefs up to the idea that I am not “a real jew."
After a gross injustice like the holocaust, a safe home seemed impossible unless that home was a Jewish space. My last name will forever remind me of the ways in which my ancestors where marginalized, persecuted, and murdered in mass. I am a real Jew. My political beliefs cannot undo that.
Both Palestine and Israel need to exist. Racism, religious intolerance, cultural ignorance, apartheid, militarization, and violent coercion do not need to exist.
The United States needs to understand that in refusing to recognize Palestine, it is a perpetrator in international systemic oppression and justifies the actions of one marginalized group oppressing another.
I don’t know what the borders should be or what the rules should be. I just know that at the end of the day, an age old misunderstanding has morphed into an intractable conflict. Whenever intractable conflicts between historically marginalized groups last for decades, I can only help but think that it is in the interest of the hegemony to make them continue.
I need the country I live in to stop being a party to the hegemony that supports the perpetuation of this particular conflict.