Hi, hon. Thank you for your question.
Here is the short answer:
No. I do not believe that Israel had the right to attack Gaza. On the contrary, I believe you are right to put “defend” in quotation marks. There was nothing defensive about the assault.
Y, sí, hablo un poco de español.
Here is the long answer to your first question:
During the most recent assault on Gaza some people on Tumblr were debating whether Israel’s aggression qualified as genocide. (I am being generous in my use of the word “debating” here. I did not see one cogent argument made in favor of the view that Israel’s mass murder of Palestinians was not genocide.) I was reminded of some of my earliest media exposure to the events that were taking place in Palestine. One memory was of footage of the aftermath of Israeli soldiers’ attack on a Palestinian cultural center; found in the mess the soldiers left behind were Palestinian children’s drawings that the soldiers had urinated on. Another memory is of an incident in which Israeli soldiers broadcast pornography on seized Palestinian television stations.
Now if I wanted to introduce someone to the history of Israel’s war on Palestinians, these would not be among the events I would mention first. They are not even representative of the events I would mention. But what these incidents and others like them indicate is that Israeli soldiers are not simply defending themselves against aggression. Children who were coloring pictures inside a cultural center are not a threat to any nation’s security, and combatants are among the people least likely to be watching television during a war. The Israeli soldiers involved in these incidents were engaging in acts of cultural genocide. This in turn is an indication that when Israeli soldiers kill Palestinians—as happened in the most recent offensive on Gaza when Israel bombed schools, hospitals, and civilians’ homes—they want to annihilate the people associated with Palestinian culture.
Oppressors always try to portray the oppressed as the initiators of violence. So I am not fooled when Israel’s apologists’ implement the tactic of claiming that Israel was defending itself. And I do not believe Israel was justified in attacking Palestine.
It’s 3:30AM, and this anon annoyed me. Here is a guide for goyim on how to appreciate rather than appropriate Judaism. Please note that this is based on my own personal opinion, and that it is 3:30AM. Like everything else in Judaism, other Jews may disagree. Fellow Jews, feel free to add in your thoughts!
“Judaism is such a beautiful culture!”
- Appropriation: wearing tzitzit or a kippa or putting a mezuzah on your doorway or wearing a Magen David.
- Appreciation: buying Jewish art, reading books on Judaism and the Jewish people
“I love Chanukah! It’s a beautiful holiday!
- Appropriation: buying a chanukiah (menorah) and lighting it
- Appreciation: asking a Jewish friend or neighbor if you can attend their celebrations
“Hebrew is a beautiful language!”
- Appropriation: tattooing it on your body when you don’t speak it/read it/understand it
- Appreciation: learn to read/speak/write Hebrew
“I believe in the G-d of the Old Testament!”
- Appropriation: tattooing YHWH on your body
- Appreciation: not tattooing the most sacred name of G-d on your body
“I believe in Jesus Christ but I love Judaism.”
- Appropriation: “Messianic Jews,” “Jews for Jesus”
- Appreciation: accepting that your faith in Christ is incompatible with Judaism and appreciating the religion/culture in other ways.
”I believe in Judaism.”
- Appropriation: calling yourself a Jew without having undergone/being in the process of conversion??
- Appreciation: exploring the option of conversion!
I love this
KABBALAH IS NOT FOR WHITE PEOPLE
Why? It’s a practice. One person taking up the study and practice has no effect on another. even if they completely change it the person practicing the traditional way would be unaffected. So what harm is done by the wrong person studying it.
Also I’d like to mention if we go by old rules it isn’t for women either.
It’s cultural appropriation. I’m not talking about white people who convert to Judaism, practice it faithfully, and then take up study. I’m talking about people like Madonna and Ariana Grande who do practice a bastardized version of one of our most sacred areas of study just because they think it seems cool. People who have never had to learn our history, or endure our suffering. People who don’t have to fear for their lives every time they express their religious and / or ethnic identity.
After she came up to me and said, “I’ve been with my partner for 20 years… We would never get married because he’s on social security income, and because my daughter is disabled I have secondary income from the state to support my daughter. If I got married, both my benefits and his benefits would be reduced because we would become a double income family.”
She was explaining that marriage doesn’t work for poor people, and that it doesn’t work for disabled people. Having really simple examples like hers are important.
this is important. for a lot of low income folks on government benefits, marriage is against their financial self-interest. trying to put a dollar amount of the symbolic value of marriage is hard.
Yeah I’m glad I found it too! Ignore the haters!!
Thank you for your heartwarming comment, sweetness. ^_^ I too am glad you found Jumblr. It just would not be the same without you.