Why Should I Care About Israel?

Israel vs PalestineIt’s amazing how quick people are to label you anti-Semitic if you don’t support Israel without question (no, no one has said this to me, but I’ve seen the charge levelled at plenty of other people). The reality is that if you take the whole “Holy Land” bit out of the equation, you’re left with two groups of people in a foreign land fighting over a bit of dirt. I’m still waiting for someone to explain to me why I should care more about the Israeli–Palestinian conflict than the South Sudanese Civil War or the Central African Republic conflict. If your world-view is that we should support Israel without question because of The Bible, I would contend that we should support Italy without question because of the Flying Spaghetti Monster. In the end, God could solve the Israeli–Palestinian conflict once and for all with one loud hosanna and a few angels with trumpets. Until then, pretty much each side is making up their own stories to justify their own shite. And until somebody else comes along who can walk on the water, I’ll take everybody’s opinions on the issue with a grain of salt.

I’m still waiting for someone to explain to me why should I care about Israel without invoking The Bible, the Torah or some other religious text. Don’t get me wrong. I don’t wish any harm to Israelis any more than I wish harm to Arabs. All I’m saying is that if you remove The Bible from the equation and stop thinking of the area as The Holy Land, most of the people who are quickest to label others as anti-Semitic wouldn’t care any more about the Israeli–Palestinian conflict than they do about the South Sudanese Civil War or the Central African Republic conflict. Honestly, until all life is sacred to those who are quick to launch recriminations, they will have no credibility with me.

Now, all this said, I do hope at some point that Israelis and Palestinians both will stop being assholes and realize that they could build more together than they ever will apart. I know it’s not that simple. But it could be, if the willpower and resolve were there.

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