By Hava Gershon-Raviv The Jerusalem postA year ago, I went to Israel for a job interview, and while I was waiting in line, I heard about a new article that had just appeared on the Jerusalem Post.
This was an article that was written by the Israeli newspaper, Haaretz, and that article spoke about the rise of anti-Semitism in Israel.
And as I listened to the interview, I noticed that Haaretz’s title was “I am a Jew.”
That article, and the following one by Yossi Arnon, were written by Yigal Amir, a Jewish American Jew.
Amir’s article was titled “How do I deal with anti-Semitic remarks?”
The article begins: I’m a Jew.
I am proud of it.
I was born Jewish, born Jewish in New York City.
I have Jewish friends.
I went through the same struggle as my friends.
And I’m here to tell you, in all my years of dealing with the Holocaust, I’ve never encountered anti-Semites.
But I am Jewish.
And that is a unique thing.
And yet, I have seen a growing wave of anti–Jewish behavior.
In fact, I’m aware of the rise in anti-Jewish sentiment, and I’m trying to get to the root of the problem.
At the beginning of his article, Amir writes that I was “a Jew.”
And while it was an interesting way of putting it, he is wrong.
Amir was not born Jewish.
He was raised as a Palestinian Arab by a Palestinian family in New Jersey.
His father was a Jewish Arab from Syria, and his mother a Muslim Palestinian Arab from Morocco.
Amir says that his family did not experience anti-semitism.
Rather, they grew up in an environment that tolerated all kinds of ideas and beliefs.
But that does not make Amir a racist.
The Haaretz article does not say that Amir is anti-Muslim, nor does it say that he is anti, for example, the Christian or the atheist.
The article does say that his parents and brother were “raised with Jewish friends.”
He writes that in order to be a good Jew, Amir must “understand the difference between right and wrong,” and that he must “make the right choice in life.”
Amir says this is why he did not consider himself Jewish: “As a Jewish, I was always thinking about the Jews and what they’ve been through.”
He does not consider that his Jewishness is an accident.
“When I was younger, I didn’t really understand Judaism,” he writes.
“I thought I was Jewish, and it was never a conscious thought for me.”
Amir was raised in the Bronx.
But when he left the Bronx to go to college in New Hampshire, he was rejected by a Jewish college and rejected by his Jewish classmates.
He says that he did some research on Jewish identity and came up with an idea: he wanted to be Jewish, but not because of his religion, but because of the way he treated his parents.
He decided to get a job in a New York office that was located on the Upper West Side of Manhattan.
He applied for jobs, but they were denied.
After a couple of years of applying, Amir decided to go on a mission and visit Israel.
He and his family moved to Israel, and in 2007 he started to work for a non-profit organization that had a small office in Jerusalem.
Amir met with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who encouraged him to become a Jewish citizen.
“You know, I felt that I had been treated badly and was very lonely,” Amir says.
Amir had never thought about Judaism, and he did think about it in the context of being a Palestinian.
“The idea of being Palestinian, as a Jew, as an Arab, is really very strange to me,” Amir writes.
The next year, he went to college, and during his time there, he noticed that the Israeli government was trying to pass laws that would make it harder for Palestinians to vote.
“For years, the Israeli Prime minister was trying on every possible pretext to try to suppress the Palestinian vote,” Amir wrote.
One of Amir’s professors, Ilan Halutz, wrote in a paper that the following year, Amir published a piece titled “I want to vote, so I’ll vote for the right candidate.”
In a follow-up piece, he wrote that “there was nothing new or different about my feeling of feeling like an outsider in a country that has traditionally been a Jewish one.”
Amir’s reaction to the Israeli parliament’s vote to pass a law to prevent Palestinians from voting in elections was that he felt “really disappointed” and “really sad.”
He said he was “furious” that the prime minister had tried to pass this law.
“What did I do wrong?”
Amir wrote in the article.
“As an American Jew, I did not feel like I was an outsider