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June 22, 2011


One of my friends from Arizona, who grew up in Kansas City, sent me the article about "zionist camp." She attended it, and as she said, it was more of a Jewish camp that had an interest in Israel than a Zionist camp promoting all things Israel. An interesting perspective . . . What is more interesting, though, is her reaction to the story. As she pointed out, the author basically said, "I loved Israel because I refused to learn about the truth on my own, and now I hate Israel because I refuse to learn the truth on my own." She went from believing what the mainstream American Jewish propaganda teaches to believing what her Israel-hating husband believes. I realize it is not that simple, but that is how the article comes across. The truth, of course, is that both sides, or better, all sides, have a story to tell. It is our duty as conscious citizens to learn all those stories and not to blabber on about how we were corrupted in our youth but chose not to question that corruption. Thanks for bringing the story to your readers. I have seen some of the comments, and it is "interesting."

There's a really good book by a trio of Canadians, "The Ultimate Guide To Sex And Disability" that would definitely be hard for someone with intellectual disabilities to read, but may be ideal for people with physical disabilities like the nyt editorialist. If interested, see http://www.betterworldbooks.com/the-ultimate-guide-to-sex-and-disability-id-1573443042.aspx

Rebecca, thanks for sharing your feedback. My feelings about the article were mixed, running something like this: 1) fascination about this whole world that I never knew existed when I was growing up; 2) admiration that the author is honest about having ambivalent feelings about Israel/Palestine, which is probably a very common experience, though it's a vantage that gets drowned out by the noise; and 3) total frustration that, as you say, she doesn't get much beyond the "description" of her experience to actually think for herself, outside of the opinions of the people in her life. To ask her own questions. What are her own questions? I can't really tell.

Andy, thank you for the book suggestion -- I'd never heard of it. It looks great! Hope folks get a lot of use out of it ...

Anna, I wholeheartedly agree. Well said!

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