Well, if that title didn’t get your interest, I don’t know what will.
The reason I say that SlutWalk NYC is being hijacked by terrorists is because, frankly, it is. I know that this post is gonna get a lot of negative feedback, and everyone’s gonna think I’m some elitist uber-conservative heartless Jew, but to be honest, I’m really sick and tired of having to be politically correct all the time.
I am pro-Israel. If you don’t like it, then don’t read my blog. No one’s forcing you. To take a leaf out of Aliza Hausman’s book, if you have any hate mail for me, direct it to your local therapist; if you don’t have one, get one.
Anyone reading this blog can tell that I’m also an Orthodox Jew and a feminist. (As I like to say, a Femidox Jew.) It can be difficult to juggle the two, but I will never, ever separate the two parts of my identity. It would be like trying to cut my body in half and trying to figure out which side is more important.
Because I’m a feminist, I was really happy when I heard that SlutWalk was coming to New York, where I live. I signed up for the listserve and everything, since I like being involved in feminist events, especially ones as big as this. You can imagine how disappointed I was when I found out that SlutWalk would be taking place on a Saturday, since that’s Shabbat (Sabbath), making it near impossible for me to attend. Despite this, I still remained on the listserve (which is through Google Groups) and got a daily digest of conversations that had occurred between members of the group, sometimes volunteering my own opinions.
Because I love SlutWalk, it really, really, bothered me when I saw the title “Students for Justice in Palestine” on one topic in the Google Group.
I know it’s not politically correct to say that I support Israel, but as I said before, I'm tired of walking on eggshells. Most Palestinians and Arabs want me and my people to be dead, so I’m not gonna try to defend them. Mahmoud Abbas, chairperson of the PLO, has said that he wants to push Israel into the Mediterranean Sea. This is far from an unpopular concept among Arab leaders. They have killed countless of innocent Israelis; a recent, prominent example of this is the murders of the Fogel family zikhronam l’vrakha (may their memories be blessed), five of whom, including both parents and a three-month-old baby, were slaughtered in their beds by two Palestinian men.
So here I am. Call me what you want, but I just want my sisters and brothers in my homeland, Israel, to be safe. Palestinians are people too, and they deserve to be treated as such, but I'm a Jew, and my heart belongs in Israel.
In short, the thread about the Students for Justice in Palestine (SJP) was really vomit-inducing. One member said that she joined the SJP, an anti-Israel hate group, and wanted to know if they could endorse SlutWalk. There were varying opinions for varying reasons on the topic, but most of the people felt that it’s totally cool to accept an endorsement from the SJP; few stood up for Israel. Heck, the woman who first mentioned the possibility later identified as a Jew.
I don’t know if SJP will end up walking at SlutWalk with a banner; I won’t be there, so I won’t be an eyewitness. But the fact that it was ever mentioned, and that very few people felt it was inappropriate that a group that has nothing to do with sexual harassment should march, just made me feel ill. Would so many people have been for it if the group was pro-Israel?
I get really irritated with the feminist community sometimes. Oy vey.
God Who blessed our foreparents Abraham, Sarah, Isaac, Rebecca, Jacob, Rachel, and Leah, may God bless the fighters of the Israel Defense Forces, who stand guard over our land and the cities of our God, from the border of the Lebanon to the desert of Egypt, and from the Great Sea unto the approach of the Arabia, on the land, in the air, and on the sea.
May the Almighty cause the enemies who rise up against us to be struck down before them. May the Blessed Holy One preserve and rescue our fighters from every trouble and distress and from every plague and illness, and may God send blessing and success in their every endeavor.
May God lead our enemies under our soldiers’ sway and may God grant them salvation and crown them with victory. And may there be fulfilled for them the verse: For it is the Lord your God, Who goes with you to battle your enemies for you to save you.
Now let us respond: Amen.
Am Yisrael Hai (the nation of Israel lives).