You’ll probably never read this, but I need some outlet for these emotions. To be blunt I don’t think it was right that you changed the name of your article ‘Forget Gal Godet Here Are 5 Palestinian Wonder Women You Need To Know About,’ to ‘Here Are 5 Palestinian Wonder Women You Need To Know About.’ The erasure of Gal Gadot’s name weakens the impact and however long your letter at the front is if the readers who wrote to you complaining about ‘anti-semitism,’ over an article that praises people for standing-up for their rights and lives offended them, they were zionists to begin with. This is white tears. Israel is an Apartheid state. They treat Arabs and black Jews as second-class citizens. (Much like we do in the US.) The ‘Jews,’ who wrote to you are Zionists and you are trying to appease a Zionist agenda.
As for them experiencing ‘intergenerational trauma,’ tell them to tell it to the Palestinians who are still being occupied and murdered by this regime.
Here’s what Norman Finkelstein, a human rights activist and the son of two Nazi holocaust survivors says about matters like this, “I don’t respect that any more. I don’t respect the crocodile tears… My late father was in Auschwitz concentration camp, my late mother was in Majdanek concentration camp. Every single member of my family on both sides, was exterminated. Both of my parents were in the Warsaw Ghetto uprising. And it’s precisely and exactly because of the lessons my parents taught me and my two siblings that I will not be silent when Israel daily commits its crimes against the Palestinians. And I consider nothing more despicable than to use their suffering and their martyrdom to try to justify the torture, the brutalization, the demolition of homes that Israel daily commits against the Palestinians. So, I refuse any longer to intimidated or brow beaten by the tears. If you had any heart in you, you would be crying for the Palestinians.” (Emphasis my own.)
You may not agree with everything Finkelstein says (he does not support BDS for instance) but with this type of wild accusations of ‘anti-semitism,’ he is spot-on. And it has everything to do with Palestine. These people know damn well the article was not anti-Jewish. I am also uneasy about your vow to have more articles on ‘anti-semitism.’ Why? Muslims and blacks are the primary target of all violent hate crimes. You already have many articles on anti-semitism if you remember Arabic is a semitic language. There are healthy ways of dealing with the anguish after Charlottesville, appeasing Zionists (whom are worse and far more powerful than the Klan) is not one of them. Trump won’t last and he is as much a Zionist as any of them, but these deeper issues will remain. Damn whatever he said about the hate crime, his words would’ve been worthless either way. Damn whatever your Zionist readers wrote about to you, whom I’m sure are not frequent readers. Even if they are who cares. Intersectional feminism welcomes many, bigots not among them.
Let the fact Trump like his predecessors, are pledging billions of dollars of our tax money to Israel to continue this occupation, comfort them. You’ve barely had any articles published on Palestine, Jews (at least white ones) are still protected by mainstream society. They are still the most successful ethnic group in the US. Don’t be fooled by these crocodile tears.
As for the timing issue I say this to them: When will be a good time to give a voice to Palestinian women?