While I can humanly and psychologically understand why fear pushes many Israelis to the right, I cannot help feeling, along with many of my friends, that the country is moving so far away from our ideals and values that we are becoming strangers in our own land.
Over the past 10 years a chill wind has been blowing through the Netherlands. An increasingly sharp stance -- fueled by fear -- against new immigrants, especially from Muslim countries, has been capturing newspapers' headlines on a daily basis.
French President Nicholas Sarkozy has approved a law that "benefits" more or less 2,000 burqa-clad women, who were subjected to patriarchal oppression. Much to my surprise, the law is being rigidly enforced.
The conflation of soccer violence with Islamicization and the influence of immigrants along with the proposed ban constitute an absurd attempt to polarize opinion on a topic as localized and unpolitical as amateur sports leagues.
For those following the idiotic allegations that Sharia is creeping into American society and wonder who speaks for Islam, I think the answer is obvious. Western extremists are now the new hijackers of Islam.
How possibly can a call for a beheading of someone without a criminal trial ever be legitimate? It cannot. When Muslim clerics who make the press urge death and destruction, I sit around with my Muslim friends and grieve.