Way to Make Me Feel Like Part of the Tribe, Israel!
As Jeffrey Goldberg explains, Netanyahu's Ministry of Immigrant Absorption is sponsoring advertisements in American communities warning Israeli expatriates that they will lose their identities if they don't return home.
The Ministry is also featuring on its website a series of short videos that, in an almost comically heavy-handed way, caution Israelis against raising their children in America -- one scare-ad shows a pair of Israeli grandparents seated before a menorah and Skypeing with their granddaughter, who lives in America. When they ask the child to name the holiday they're celebrating, she says "Christmas." ,,,
The idea, communicated in these ads, that America is no place for a proper Jew, and that a Jew who is concerned about the Jewish future should live in Israel, is archaic, and also chutzpadik (if you don't mind me resorting to the vernacular). The message is: Dear American Jews, thank you for lobbying for American defense aid (and what a great show you put on at the AIPAC convention every year!) but, please, stay away from our sons and daughters.
Well that's just great. If I date a Turkish guy, his family will pretend I don't exist. If I date an Israeli guy, I'd damned well better move to Israel, because my experience of being an American Jew is inferior--even if that's the only experience of being a Jew I've got.
Keep it up, world, and I swear I'm running off with a young, proud telegraph operator from Aratacara.