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Got asked directly about the current situation in Israel today

I’m not sure if this is the right flair but I’m feeling a little tender today.

I’m in an intercultural communication course in university right now. There’s a really diverse group of people from all over the world in the class and it’s quite interesting and engaging. I mentioned to a classmate that I’m Jewish and she practically pounced on the opportunity to ask a “real Jew” about what’s going on in Israel. Which was a little weird but okay, I guess I am glad she wanted to talk to someone who actually may know something about the situation that’s not just from the mainstream media.

Now, I could absolutely have said that I didn’t want to get into it, and I considered it for a second but decided to give my perspective – I talked about the diaspora and what it means to Jews to have the state of Israel as a homeland. I talked about Netanyahu and the ultra orthodox government, and I shared my opinion. And as I did I realized that I feel so hyper defensive – I’m usually a very calm person but I was incredibly on edge as if I was preparing to be attacked.

My classmate only showed genuine interest and didn’t push her opinions on me at all, but I couldn’t believe how agitated I felt having to share. I’m open about being Jewish but haven’t really had to do anything like this before.

Anyways, I guess I just need gentle energy and commiseration so I feel a bit better.

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