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The Double Standard Double Standard

Unapologetically Pro-Israel

Natan Sharansky coined the “Three D’s of Antisemitism” in 2003.

Since then, they have become the de facto litmus test of Jew Hatred vs. legitimate criticism of the State of Israel.

In case you are not familiar, the D’s are Delegitimization, Demonization, and Double Standards. And let’s be honest, how can we have a fair discussion about anything if we base our arguments on double standards?

And yet…

The pro-Israel community seems to be relentlessly obsessed with applying its own double standard towards its own beloved nation.

It is utterly confounding to me that (outside of, perhaps, my own blog posts) it is nearly impossible—if not utterly impossible—to find a single article from a pro-Israel advocate that doesn’t criticize Israel outright within its text.

Every. Single. Article. Contains a paragraph condemning Israeli policies. Or apologizing for Israel’s imperfections.

What other nation does that? Who else feels the need to qualify their support of their own country?

When was the last time you saw a Palestinian write about their pro-Palestinian stance and temper it with some self-effacing conditional phrasing?

When was the last time you saw an Iranian write about their support of the IRG and point out their own nation’s foibles?

I am not saying that Israel is a perfect country. What country is? There is no such thing as a perfect country and that goes without saying.

So, it is time to stop saying it.

It is a clear double standard for Israeli activists to act as if they have to publicly vilify their soul’s homeland any time they dare try to defend her.

I love Israel. I love Her with all my heart and all my soul. I will always defend her with every word and with every breath.

I am not a Jew with trembling knees. I don’t have to apologize for Israel’s imperfections. I am proud of this nation. I am proud of what She is and what She represents.

Israel is a miracle. She is a bastion of civil liberties. She always does Her best to do what is right. Israel is innovation and solutions, tzedakah and tikkun olam.

This land is mine. And I will forever, unequivocally and in every way, be Hers.

About the Author
Shana Meyerson is a proud member of the World Jewish Congress's Jewish Diplomatic Corps and AIPAC. Professionally, she is an internationally acclaimed yoga instructor, based out of Los Angeles, California.
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