Last week, as part of a reporting assignment, I went on a visit to Ein Tzurim, where many families who were expelled from Gush Katif have (very temporarily) resettled, while they wait to finish getting through all the governmental red tape they need to cut in order to establish permanent new communities somewhere else.
We met with Anita Tucker, an American immigrant who lived in
I supported the pullout from
During the visit, I felt the following conflicting emotions:
1- Deep sympathy for these poor people whose lives were turned upside down, and who, at best, are living with the unsettled feeling of not knowing where one will live a year from now, or where to register one’s kids for school, or whether it’s worth it to unpack. And it’s by far not “at best” – many families are dealing with unemployment, heart attacks, divorce, pediatric psychological problems, etc because of all the stress.
2- Deep anger at the government for not doing whatever it takes to help them turn their lives right side up again, as quickly as possible.
3- Anger at Jewish media abroad, who are not adequately publicizing the ongoing struggles of the
4- Anger and frustration at two other people in our group (not settlers, visitors), who compared the Israeli government to the Nazis and the
5- Frustration with Anita Tucker for suggesting that newspaper editors the world over are essentially being bribed by PR companies to bury the story of the
6- Frustration at not feeling free to voice some of my opinions about the settler movement because I felt outnumbered and because I was there to observe, not as much to participate. And because, given the lack of time I would have had to explain my thoughts properly, they would have been misunderstood. Just as many people on the Left assume erroneously that if you support the settler movement, you must hate Arabs, so too many people on the Right assume erroneously that if you have a nuanced and challenging stance on the settler movement, you must hate settlers, or be a self-hating Jew, or be naïve about what Arabs really want. ::sigh:: Usually, it’s not worth it to get into it. I let people talk and don’t say much when I think they are wrong (either way), because I’m just so tired of it.
Do you see how different numbers 1, 2, and 3 are from 4-6?
It was a tiring day.
Caring about Israel is just so exhausting, sometimes.
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