Ending the occupation is not a charitable gift to the Palestinians. Only by accepting their right to a state of their own will Israel remain a Jewish and democratic state enjoying peace and security, instead of being drawn toward an abyss from which there is no salvation.
Because we are beyond sick at the number of young Black people killed by the police just this year. Because as white and non-white Jews, we want to oppose systems of oppression and injustice. So, white people, white Jews, what are we going to do?
One would think that those who suffered persecution as much as the Jews would treat others with care and sensitivity. That the victim can become a victimizer is painful to face, but it is a reality nonetheless.
In the whole wide world, there's no other boarding school for at-risk teenagers that can boast a beauty queen and a rabbi among its graduates. That's just one reason that Kfar Hassidim Youth Village, near Haifa, Israel, is special.
The biblical injunction of not doing unto others what you would not have done to you is buried under Israel's complex struggle for existence in a hostile environment and an innate need to perpetuate its status as the victim it once was, a need that blinds it to the suffering of others.