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Time For The American Jewish Community to Reevaluate its Unquestioning Support for Israel

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It's time for the American Jewish community to seriously reevaluate its unquestioning and unyielding support for Israel.

In order to justify Israel's actions, policies, and even its "right" to exist as a Jewish state, you can no longer fall back on the Nazi Holocaust, the lie that Palestinians left voluntarily in 1948 (regardless of which their right of return is still protected by international law) or that they weren't even there to begin with - suicide bombers, or the racists, claim that "they teach their children to hate." The myth that "Jews bought the land" has been long discredited by Israeli historians, and even by the Jewish National Fund itself.

-You can't lament the fate of Gilad Shalit, a soldier captured (civilians are also kidnapped) the day after Israel kidnapped two Palestinians, while over 10,000 Palestinians, many of them minors, languish in Israeli prisons, some with no charges against them.

-Kassam rockets that have, since their first use in 2001, taken the lives of 23 Israelis cannot be used as an excuse to attack a defenseless, starving population, imprisoned in the most densely populated place on the planet, killing over 1,400 people (one-third of them children), wounding 5,300 and leaving thousands homeless.-

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-That same population cannot indefinitely be kept under siege, living on one meal a day, simply because Israel's government (and most of their supporters) don't approve of their democratically elected representatives.

-The veneer of "the only democracy in the middle east" is wearing thin under the weight of continued land and water theft, the construction of more "settlements" in the West Bank, and the expulsion of non-Jewish residents from East Jerusalem in order to "Judaize" a city illegally annexed by the state.

-It's worth noting that "Democracy" means more than just elections and majority rule; democracy requires a bill of rights to protect minorities from the tyranny of the majority. If majority rule were the only criterion, a lynch mob would be a democracy.- Israel has neither a constitution nor a bill of rights.-

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-The IDF can't keep acting in a criminal manner, dropping white phosphorus and DIME weapons in crowded urban areas, targeting civilians, engaging in torture, arresting without charge, systematically demolishing houses, defecating in Palestinian homes, using human shields and shooting at ambulances and emergency medical personnel while continuing the charade of claiming to be "the most moral army in the world."

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