Mohamed — thanks for your response.

I agree that parts of Israel are certainly occupied territories from the (defensive) wars of 1948 and 1967.

It’s harder to claim that about Herzliya where we are based, though. It was founded as a Jewish settlement back in 1924 on uninhabited land, and was already a city of several thousands when the UN recognized Israel as an independent state in 1948. This was before Israel existed or had an army so I feel that it’s a bit of a stretch to call it occupied territory.

If you want a nuanced and balanced look into the matter, I highly recommend My Promised Land by Ari Shavit. He strives to tell both sides of the story fairly and movingly.

In general I hope our generation will be wise enough to work together for the betterment of all people and make a deep and lasting change. I’m doing my part by fighting in the upcoming elections to replace a right-wing conservative and corrupt government with a liberal, peace-seeking, and human-rights respecting government.

One way you can help us win is not to paint all of Israel in a broad brush as you did in your post, as this tends to strengthen the right-wing and produce extremism and illiberalism.

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