The Real Reason They Walked Off: I Know Because I Was One of Them

Many of us were upset and puzzled when some Birthright participants walked away from this year's Birthright trip. According to Lex, there were a number of reasons.

Since they want to fit, and SJW is their trend, they have to tow the party line. Anti-Zionism is a huge part of the party line among SJWs, who see Jews not as historically oppressed, but as rich, powerful, and white (more than 80% of American Jews are Ashkenazi) as per the Jewish American stereotype. That stereotype, projected onto Israeli Jews, in concert with cries from “Palestinian civil society” decrying their “occupation” “colonialism” and “oppression,” creates an image of the Big Bad Rich White Jew tormenting innocent People of Color. This phenomenon was exacerbated when supporters of the Palestinian cause did the most brilliant thing they could have ever done: they jumped on the intersectionality bandwagon, citing their guru, Edward Said. Since then, being anti-Zionist has been seen as equally mandatory as supporting gay marriage, as much a part of the package they must accept to fit in. And so they, like I did as a college student, desperately looked up anti-Zionist arguments in hopes that one would stick. And since these arguments have gotten much more clever, sophisticated, and professor-approved as time went on, especially as more intersectional groups take on the cause, it’s harder to stay away.

There are more reasons. Read them all. Then think about what we as Jewish parents and grandparents can do to support our Jewish children and grandchildren so that they can stand up for themselves as proud, independent Jews instead of following the Israel/Jew-hating college crowd.