Lack of understanding
I’m a 59-year-old Jewish American who was born in Iran. I have heard Ms. Sarah Gertler’s viewpoint many times before from well-meaning American Jews. They have their heart in the right place. Unfortunately, they lack an understanding as to the nature of the Middle East.
Israel has not just been a refuge for Jews fleeing Nazi persecution. Millions of Jews fleeing Muslim persecution have settled there. My family dates its origins in Iran 2,000 years, but like many other Jews living in Muslim countries we were never accepted. Much of my family immigrated to Israel.
The Middle East is not a mini U.S. Israel does what it has to, to survive in an environment that does not allow peace. I have watched as Israelis have become more and more hardened only because every time Israel has made a gesture of peace it was kicked in the teeth.
There is much to complain about Israel‘s behavior when looked at from American eyes. The reason Ilhan Omar‘s statements are anti-Semitic is that she singles out Israel for criticism. If she was truly interested in justice and not being antiSemitic, there should have been many regimes on her list to criticize, mostly Muslim.
Shahrad Mabourakh, Plantation