I’m a card-carrying member of several “left-leaning political groups” and I have been since I was a teenager. Most of them were founded, at least in part by Jews. I’ve heard nothing from them asking me to denounce Israel or exclude people. I’m certain there are instances where this does occur. I’m certain there are factions wherein this does happen and individuals who make it their business to see to it this occurs. Not only that, but I feel comfortable believing some of them are Jewish. However, I still do not believe it is a generally occurring fashion, and that these incidents are still merely anecdotal, no matter how widely spread they may be.

Every time there is a flareup in Israel these feelings are heightened. It is inevitable. And inevitable that some want to turn it into something bigger than it is or should be. Always there are some waiting for that opportunity. Always.

Resistance isn’t always about fighting back. Sometimes it’s about holding back.

Possessor of Paul Newman eyes. Author of many things straightforward and strange. Some of them appear here. “Women zai shuo ba” as the Mandarin say. Born 2016.

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