|Institut für Palästinakunde|
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Now, having painfully become aware that I have undergone an adherence to Israel, been assimilated by law into a fictitious ethnos of persecutors and their supporters, and have appeared in the world as one of the exclusive club of the elect and their acolytes, I wish to resign and cease considering myself a Jew.
I am aware of living in one of the most racist societies in the
western world. Racism is present to some degree everywhere, but
in Israel it exists deep within the spirit of the laws. It is
taught in schools and colleges, spread in the media, and above
all and most dreadful, in Israel the racists do not know what
they are doing and, because of this, feel in no way obliged to apologise.
I am often even ashamed of Israel, particularly when I witness evidence of its cruel military colonisation, with its weak and defenceless victims who are not part of the “chosen people”.
Earlier in my life I had a fleeting utopian dream that a Palestinian Israeli should feel as much at home in Tel Aviv as a Jewish American does in New York. … Today I know that my dream is outrageously demanding, that my demands are exaggerated and impertinent, that the very fact of formulating them is viewed by Zionists and their supporters as an attack on the Jewish character of the state of Israel, and thus as antisemitism.
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The Invention of the Jewish People