We are caught in three wars: against Hamas, against Benjamin Netanyahu’s government, and against anti-Semitism.
The IDF’s response against all Gazans has made it harder to only see in Israel a victim of immediate circumstance.
It’s a tragedy that Jews had to see their transition from powerlessness to power come at the price of another people’s degradation.
That Palestinians have been indoctrinated with Jew hate is understandable. That Western students submit to the same indoctrination is not.
If there is one silver lining it is that the world has taken notice of the Palestinians in Gaza, the West Bank, and the diaspora.
The horrendous killing and abduction of Israeli civilians placed many Jewish activists in unfamiliar territory.
The Hamas attack has devastated progressive Jews not prepared to celebrate the carnage as an act of liberation by the Global South.
The Israeli left’s turn to the right comes from its sense of betrayal by the world’s left, especially, by the Jewish left.
I am an Israeli that knows you can’t defeat an ideology with brute force – there must be a better option.
Jewish history in the 20th century testifies that suffering is a meagre moral teacher – but we learn its lessons anyway.
Many Jews of colour interpret Zionism through our experience with racism, and we recognise the supremacist logic that underpins it.
Mourning is always political. The space for a form of grief that is not used to justify violence is shrinking.
Cooperation between Palestinian and Jewish Israelis is the only model for a peaceful future.
A lot of evil is done to people because of their particular identities, but that is no reason to entrench those identities in our responses.
Political beliefs are one thing, but to cry for friends in Gaza or pray for all slain children is now seen as unacceptable.
To abandon our identity, as left-wing Jews did in the past, would be to surrender to those who allow only support for Israel.
Those closest to the conflict have greater capacity for solidarity and recognition of complexity than keyboard warriors.
This article appears in the 29 Nov 2023 issue of the New Statesman, Being Jewish Now