So much for keeping it in our own house, oh well. There were some statements which with I agreed 100%. But these below just make me mad! Why do we insist on being better than everyone else by pointing out the flaws in others and only focusing on our strong points? If we are the best, we should be better than that.
----I'm proud to be a Jew because Jewish education does not consist
of teaching martyrdom and hatred. And because a group of men decide what women should do with their bodies and makes sure they can't get a divorce and stones Gays and do not allow converts to live in Israel as Jews and denouces Reform, Conservative, Reconstructionist and other Liberal Jewish ideas as worse than idolitry .
---I'm proud to be a Jew because my religious leaders and religious services don't whip me into a frenzy to kill others. And because there are folks in JDL, Kachani Chi and followers of now Israeli Cabinet Member Lieberman all calling for the "forcible transfer" of Arabs.
---I'm proud to be a Jew because even when Israel is wrongly and falsely accused of killing innocent civilians, Jewish leaders apologize immediately for any loss of life instead of celebrating these deaths by passing out candy and shooting celebratory gunshots into the air. And because they keep doing it and keep saying sorry.
---When the world accuses Israel of massacre in Jenin when the world accuses Israel of bombing civilians on a Gaza beach when the world accuses Israel of shooting a child cowering against a wall when the world accuses Israel of bombing a Lebanese apartment building killing 56 civilians when all of these accusations turn out to be totally false to be vicious anti-Semitic lies and when all along I knew in my heart that these stories just could not be true and I'm later proven to be right then I'm proud to be a Jew. And even when I am wrong because Israel does use luster bombs and did kill lots of people in Gaza during the fog of the Lebanese war and does practice torture and then Jews say calling that out a bad thing is anti-Semitism I am proud to be a Jew.
----I'm proud to be a Jew when my army, the Israeli army, drops leaflets and makes calls to Lebanese citizens on their cell phones to warn them to evacuate before bombing begins. I am proud to be a Jew when American Jews don't claim the IDF.
----When Israel must defend its very right to exist, when it must fight a well armed enemy representing the Islamic fascists, as President Bush has called them, when Israel must conduct this war on terror with its hands tied behind its back so as not to take an innocent life lest the media have something true to report, that it must fight this war of survival under the cloud of "disproportionality", as if thousands of Katusha rockets falling on its citizenry is somehow "proportionate" when Israel simultaneously pushes back these threats both in the North and in the South under the added pressure of a biased media, then I'm proud to be a Jew. I am also proud to be a Jew when I hide behind President Bush and pretending that eople really sided with Hezbollah in this last war and use the "media" as an excuse.
---I'm proud to be a Jew because Mel Gibson is not a Jew. Kramer needs a new publicist.
---I'm proud to be a Jew when the UN's Human Rights Commission consists of countries like Syria, Libya and Iran and Israel is not asked to join. I am proud to be a Jew when people forget to remember that we like UN but not when it has to do with Israel and this is also old...the UN Human Rights Commission no longer exists and none of the aforementioned countries are members...thanks to the Jews who still believe in international diplomacy.
----I am proud to be a Jew when Israelis on the left and on the right support the government's decision to fight; when 97% of the country is united in its own defense; when Israelis from Jerusalem give shelter to families from Haifa; when food from the Negev is donated to feed soldiers at the front; when the IDF deploys soldiers on special assignments to deliver diapers to shelters and to entertain and calm the frightened children. Me too.