Gooooooooo Sabra and Banana!! They have arrived safely and Sabra's put up a post about her arrival experience. Wish I was there to bring her some chicken soup but, on second thought, since I can't cook to save my life any soup I brought her might just do her in completely!
Shoshanna is just an amazingly kewl person. She is the fellow olah-to-be that I met with yesterday. Two hours of constant chatting went by in a flash and we suddenly looked at the time and realized that I was going to be late for my hebrew class and so I had to fly. Making aliya gives you something in common to talk about but I had no idea just how much in common we shared. We are both very liberal left-leaning kinda gals and one of the most interesting components of our conversation was sharing our shock and disbelief (leading to a sense of disillusionment and alienation) at the position taken by the left in general and our many left-leaning friends in particular on the whole Israeli-Palestinian issue.
Shoshanna made a very interesting point, as we were discussing how it could be that these normally intelligent and informed people had come to have such slanted views that are not based on actual facts. Indeed, they have no real knowledge or understanding of the hard facts --I'm not talking about anything that is open to interpretation here. I often want to scream "look people, go and read the U.N. resolution, the newspaper articles (on both sides) etc that were written at the time and before Israel was declared a nation." Rather they spout off various revisionist-versions and often have absolutely no clue of even the most basic facts(for instance, we both know very educated people who are convinced that the Palestinians actually had an official world-recognized country right where Israel is sitting and that their country was taken away by force). Well, to get back to her interesting point, she mentioned how she once received two very long, detailed and complex pieces of literature on a particular topic: one from a major corporation and another from the environmental group that was opposing that corporation. Because she made the immediate assumption that the environmental group would have all of the 'real facts' she read theirs closely and didn't even bother to read the literature on the subject from the corporation (assuming that it would be completely biased, based on lies, pushing their own agenda, and thus completely without merit). Then, at the time, she considered herself to have made an informed opinion on the issue. At the time, she didn't consider that the environmental group might be doing the same thing in their presentation of the 'facts' or that the truth might lie somewhere in-between, or that the corporation might actually be right in this particular instance --she couldn't know because she didn't bother to read the other side's position or to do any independent research on the issue. This, I think is what all too often happens.