I was also a birthright participant - Comment - Israel News | Haaretz Daily Newspaper
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    • David
    • 30.04.11 | 06:44 (IDT)

    What we were told about the history and politics was very one sided. While that is to be expected to a certain extent, it was truly driven home to be how extreme it was when on the last day we were all asked what we would take away about Israel with us, and one of the boys ahead of me finished his statement with "we need to all make Aliyah, get a gun and shoot some arabs." I couldn't believe it. I was never what you would call a Zionist really; I believed Israel had a right to exist, and like Herzl's quote "if you will it, it is no dream," thinking it could be applied to almost everything in life, and that was about it. Far from making me a fervent zionist - which I believe was the goal - it actually turned me against it, at least in its extremist incarnation I saw there. When it came to be my turn to speak, I just told them I had nothing to say. I wish I had stayed on after the program to actually live there a little bit, to experience what life was truly like in Israel outside of the propaganda and saber rattling of Birthright.

    from the article: Birthright Israel tours are insulting young Jews' intelligence
    First published 01:56 29.04.11 | Last updated 01:56 29.04.11
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