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While I was in Florida last week, I was having a hard time with all… 
26th-Jul-2014 12:20 pm
While I was in Florida last week, I was having a hard time with all of the Zionist messaging, given that Israel is currently bombing the hell out of Palestine. I had a lot of feels, y'all.

So I wrote about it, and then said "you know what? I am going to submit this somewhere."

So um today I have a piece in freakin' Salon.com. About Gaza.

It's called "Israel is Not My Birthright".
26th-Jul-2014 04:30 pm (UTC)
Thank you.

26th-Jul-2014 04:57 pm (UTC)
Nice piece.
26th-Jul-2014 06:49 pm (UTC)
Nicely written.
26th-Jul-2014 07:23 pm (UTC)
well written. strong words.
26th-Jul-2014 07:53 pm (UTC)
Well done. It uses emotion and thought to create a visceral reaction. I too hope for actual peace.
26th-Jul-2014 10:44 pm (UTC)
Very well written.. and from what I'm seeing elsewhere, you're not alone.

27th-Jul-2014 01:49 am (UTC)
Congrats on the publication, but more importantly, it's a powerful and important piece.
27th-Jul-2014 02:38 am (UTC)
27th-Jul-2014 04:13 am (UTC)
I just sent this to my son, who is 23 and did the Birthright gig (I am not Jewish but his dad is). I think you have hit all the points, with simple and powerful emotion. So sad right now...
28th-Jul-2014 01:10 pm (UTC)
Thank you. It's very difficult...
27th-Jul-2014 05:40 am (UTC)
Beautifully written, madame.

27th-Jul-2014 06:09 am (UTC)
An apt summation of how I feel about it, myself.
28th-Jul-2014 01:11 pm (UTC)
Many of us, looks like.
27th-Jul-2014 12:08 pm (UTC)
That was brave on so many levels. You did a good job.
28th-Jul-2014 01:11 pm (UTC)
Thank you.
27th-Jul-2014 01:56 pm (UTC)
That really resonated with me.

Way back when, we were evacuated from Islamabad to Boulder when a... for want of a better word... mob of Islamicist students burned down our embassy compound there. This was just after the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan, and during the Hostage Crisis, if you remember any of that.

Anyway, besides being attacked on my way back from school for being a communist or a terrorist (not a lot of nuance there... somehow, having recently moved from a place that ends in "stan", it must be Afghanistan, so therefore, I must be one of those bad guys, like that Khomeini, or maybe a commie)... I did manage to make a couple of friends, one of whom was an evangelical minister's son.

We were going to do something fun one Sunday. Putt-putt golf or something like that, I don't remember, but before that, I had to attend church service with him, with his dad doing the service. His dad's sermon began with how we must all be wary, and listen to God because the devil has put his ministers out there to try to kill us and to destroy God's great nation of the U.S.A. We had to always be ready to fight the devil, and with the help of the divine, we would vanquish all of America's foes. But for now, we need to be ever vigilant, and not forget that no matter how muslims seem to us when we meet them, they are the tools of Satan.

I'm paraphrasing some of this, of course, after over thirty years, but I found it the most offensive crap I'd ever heard in the name of Christianity, and I really wanted to get up and give him a piece of my ten-year-old mind. But I also didn't want to lose a friend, and... well.. it was a long walk home and I didn't know where we were, so I kept quiet.

I never told him what I thought of his dad's sermon. Changed the subject when it came up, and he didn't really feel comfortable with the whole my-dad's-a-minister thing, so it never came up again.

But I don't recall ever going to a service after that without a strong feeling of alienation and antagonism.
28th-Jul-2014 01:11 pm (UTC)
It's awful, that feeling. :(
27th-Jul-2014 04:16 pm (UTC)
Wow. That was powerful.
28th-Jul-2014 02:04 am (UTC)
That piece was beautiful - and the really cool thing was I thought that before I even looked at the byline and said oh! that's Shadesong!
28th-Jul-2014 04:34 am (UTC) - About the update...
"Updated, 7/27/14: In the initial version of this post, the author incorrectly referred to a Palestinian child burned by Israeli soldiers. The child was burned by civilians, and Salon regrets the error."

Does this change anything for you?
28th-Jul-2014 12:07 pm (UTC) - Re: About the update...
See, I wish they'd mentioned that I was the one who sent them that correction. Before the piece even went up.

No, it doesn't change anything.
4th-Aug-2014 05:25 pm (UTC)
I do see what you mean re the promised land narrative making any peace process far more difficult.

I think whether or not one thinks G-d promised the land to the Israelis one can understand that they aren't going to just sit still for constant shelling, nor for people tunneling into places in order to pop out and kill folks.</p>

I find myself rather boggled by people who seem to think that Israel is deliberately targeting civilians. Aside from them going to considerably more effort than anybody else does (I.e. USA) to attempt not to do so, every civilian death helps Hamas in world opinion.

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