Israel Advocates Gear Up To Exploit Ignorant Youth

The JTA reports, “Jewish high school students in the New York area will learn how to advocate for Israel. Some 200 high school seniors are participating in a Jan. 15 event kicking off the program, which is being sponsored by 20 Jewish organizations. Israeli Cabinet minister Natan Sharansky will appear at the event.”

I can see these fuckers wringing their hands over this already. “Yes, my little minions. You barely have pubic hairs, yet you will be instrumental in defending our right to ethnically cleanse indigenous peoples in the name of Jewish continuity—a situation you have no comprehension of because at this stage in your life, you are more concerned with the likes of Playstation 2 and Linkin Park. But that will not keep us from politicizing you nor conditioning you to react to criticism of Israel with an engrained ‘Israel can do no wrong’ response, so that you may serve as our first line of defense against the multitude of intelligent critiques of Israeli governmental policy that you will encounter once you enter college next year! Muahahahaha! Thanks for all your help, Mr. Luntz!”

Ya know, if you’re going to train pseudo-militants, at least give ’em some useful skills, like how to assemble a Kalishnakov or jump through a flaming hoop! I mean, really…

Despite my Hebrew school education, when I was a senior in high school, frankly, I didn’t know shit about Israel. And now that I’m a more experienced and educated adult, years later, I find that the more I study up on Israeli history, all the more I come to realize how little I actually know, and how much an investment of time and energy it takes one to really get an appropriate grasp on the current state of affairs over there. How can American teenagers who, seriously, haven’t the vaguest notion as to what they’re talking about, advocate on Israel’s behalf? What, you’re gonna give ’em some handouts and show ’em a Powerpoint presentation? Maybe put ’em through an excruciating, snore-laden screening of Exodus? Break ’em out into activity groups where they take turns role-playing Zionists and anti-Zionists? Please! It’s a preposterous and offensive notion as far as I’m concerned.

This is just another Zionist brainwashing camp fathered by philanthropists who advocate the use of underhanded tactics gleaned from the advertising industry (ie., the “cooling” of Judaism evidenced by Heeb, et al.) to promote ethnocentric nationalism under the auspices of preserving a Jewish future, as opposed to being true tzaddikim and, through their own Torah-observance, instilling a love of yiddishkeit in their children, who would undoubtedly love Judaism if only they saw it practiced right. There is a light in there—a light within Judaism—that is so obfuscated by politics and sectarianism, that it’s become virtually unnoticable, and ultimately unknowable. But if you make that light known to your children (not by stuffing it down their throats, but by inspiring and provoking them) they will seek it out with everything they have within them, and they will share this gift with their children as well.

I may be a flaky hippie for saying so, but at least I’m not trying to manipulate teenagers into convincing their friends that it’s okay to bulldoze someone’s house with an armored Caterpillar because “Palestinians are all terrorists” or because “Israel’s the coolest!” Is that what preserving a Jewish identity has come to mean in this day and age—ethnocentrism and the dehumanization of Palestinians?

How ’bout this, ya heathen bastards—how about putting 200 high school seniors into a yeshiva advocacy program, huh? Huh?

Yeah, I thought so. Fuckers.

12 thoughts on “Israel Advocates Gear Up To Exploit Ignorant Youth

  1. My daughter just returned from the Birthright trip today. She had an amazing time , the people in Israel were amazing, there were no terrorist events, and she is now an Israel advocate. Listening to Netanyahu was inspiring. He should be the next in charge.

  2. Well, I cant argue with your argument about inpiring people to be tzaddikim and the ‘Yeshiva Advocacy program’. Well said!
    But I take exception to the extreme language “our right to ethnically cleanse indigenous peoples”. Come one, that is not what advocacy or Israeli policy is about and you know it….
    Also, let be real here. Lefties indoctrinate at least as much as righties. You may disagree with the policies, but teaching youth a point of view is common across the spectrum.

  3. israeli advocacy is about making israel look like the good guy no matter what evil israel commits. it is about justifying corrupt military policies and about dehumanizing palestinians by making them out to be an ‘impossible bunch’ that israel is doing ‘all they must do’ to defend themselves from. that israel is in fact responsible for a more than fair amount of the agression does not even begin to enter the dialogue, and anyone who puts forth such a position is immediately neutralized by the establishment.
    lefties may indoctrinate as much as righties, but my whole point is not to push a left or right position, but rather to present both in a truly fair and balanced manner and then provide youth with cognitive reasoning skills they need to formulate their own opinions and draw their own conclusions, as opposed to having their opinions dictated to them. thus are the values of an open society.

  4. Ah, the biased “media”, how I’ve missed you.
    While I do enjoy the comedic value you’ve placed on the sarcastic pieces of this writing, I have to say I’m not too thrilled with your “I hate everything that isn’t pragmatic” point of view.
    I have a feeling that if you had a little faith in these children, as I’m sure you were a child once too, you’d realize that they are capable of making up their own minds. ‘Evil indoctrination’ is not _all_ bad, you flaky hippy – it gives some people asylum from real life.
    When I’m prompted by my Goyish friends as to how I can justify a love for a country who bulldozes the houses of the families of human-cannon-fodder, the most common response I find from my heart-of-hearts is “Spare the rod, spoil the child.” It is detterence in its finest. Your argument brings this to mind….
    But hey, it’s your blog – so blog on!

  5. Since when does supporting Israel equate to ethnic cleansing?
    “…years later, I find that the more I study up on Israeli history, all the more I come to realize how little I actually know, and how much an investment of time and energy it takes one to really get an appropriate grasp on the current state of affairs over there.”
    At least you recognize that you’ve got a lot to learn.

  6. Soo: Supporting Israel doesn’t equate to ethnic cleansing; but unconditionally supporting Israel’s every action most certainly does.

  7. Come out to SF if you want to see brainwashing. Regardless of what you think of the ‘education’ of high-school students in NY, it does little to balance what takes place out here in the Bay Area and on college campuses all over the US. Israel is viewed in one way — no discussion of medical advances, technological innovations, leading museums, or progressive courts. Nope, the state is potrayed as a facist one yet, you complain about 200 kids in the capital of Jewish America. Please. You need to take a step back.

  8. That’s ridiculous. Agree or disagree with whomever, you want to be talking about technological innovation is the middle or a war?

  9. so you’re saying Israel should be defined by the actions of hostile states and the terrorists they support and leave it at that? And the world should only view it through the prism of conflict? I hope others have more bandwith.

  10. dave, i understand your point, but think of it this way–israel may consistently make outstanding leaps in technology and medicine, but AT WHAT COST? they need to clean up their act before they can get any respect.

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