by Miriam Stone

Israel: A Birthright Diary

On returning from Israel, I find myself committed to stand firmly...exactly where I had been before

Deciding to go on a “birthright Israel” trip was like coming out to my friends. “I know you’re not like that, but what about the other people on the trip?” was the general response. “Like that”: Israeli flag-bearing protesters on our campus walk, shouting at the pro-Palestinian groups across the way. Like that: the yarmulka’d boys in the front of the class on “Israeli-Palestinian Politics and Society,” hands shooting up to interrupt the Arab professor at every possible opportunity. Like that: the pro-Israel groups who hung up pictures of maimed Israeli children as justification for Sharon’s newest military offensive.

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