Israelis for PeaceSubmitted by Joseph.Ngo on Tue, 07/15/2014 - 02:20
I have been following Ronny Edry's Israel-loves-Iran campaign ever since it went viral over two years ago. Part of the charm was the hybrid flat design aspect but mostly it was the simplicity of showcasing individuals that had chosen to seemingly abide by that dictum love thy enemy. Of course in truth, the "enemy" often is the blowback or fanciful creation of foreign policy politics, but to these participants the reality was more obvious; the xenophobic generalizations did not jive with their day to day experience of these castigated classes of people who were friends, neighbors, schoolmates, coworkers, the corner grocer, baker, shoe cobbler etc.
Several months later, Mr Edry, taken by a naivety of American politics, really became a burr under my saddle with this congratulatory praise following the 2012 elections:
And for a time, my enthusiasm for Mr Edry's project waned as it seemed Obama succeeded in convincing the world that 'down was up' and 'war was peace' and drones were occasional 'mistakes'.
However, this recent post from Mr Edry caught my attention:
Day #7 16:30
Sirens. Today I m home with Neri, it s just to 2 of us. he s going for the door, like it s normal, saying, Alarm, Alarm. I m putting my shoes, but I m too stressed to get my shirt on, I m taking Neri in my arms, my bag with all the important thing…passports, paper, hard disks…..stuff I like to save if anything happen,. and I m running down the stairways. We know the drill.
A father and his son who were just in front of the building on the street are rushing in, the neighbor is getting out, she looks tired, a bit depressed. another man, must be a worker from one of the apartment is joining us, he looks philipino or kind of asiatic, he s smiling at us with an expression on his face…kind of saying - it s gone be all right
Loud explosions over our heads...the alarm is stopping.
Then it starts again…we r all quite, waiting for the next explosions.
The alarm is stopping.
Today standing in the stairways, I felt stupid. A bit depressed.
Looks like everybody has lost his mind
Yesterday in telaviv there was a demonstration against the war…
people came to beat them…why would you go beat your own people asking to stop a war? Hamas is trying to kill as much Israelis as he can, throwing hundreds of missiles on Israel every day….yet we r the one doing most of the killing trying to stop the missiles? more than 100 dead in 7 days, 22 of them...kids. how stupid and wrong is that? hamas did succeed to have few direct hit yesterday..one of them in hebron and one in ramallah, 2 palestinians cities….how stupid is that?
From what I know, people of gaza hate hamas as much as we do in Israel, yet they are the one paying the price ….. if we could just cut the middle mans. Met people to people, I m sure this would be over quite fast
I m here standing in the stairway with my son, waiting for the next explosion … feeling part of something I don't agree with, against my values. Part of something I don t know how to change, feeling small, a bit stupid.
It seems that all too often that as Americans we are too quick to make pronouncements about what should be done half a world away without an inkling of the actual situation at hand. Perhaps we can excuse a father or a mother of trying to make sense of a bad situation the best way they know how. All they see are the flames around, while we with more clarity can see the pyre doused with gasoline. Foreign aid has been a euphemism for this gasoline, this money that goes up in smoke. Perhaps it is time for Americans to seriously consider turning the tap off. More importantly, maybe the American people should question where this money is coming from and how a nation in debt can flush money down a drain without consequence.