(continue) sorry but also on the topic of the israelli government… israel is the only democracy in the middle east… any arab or jew for that matter is going to have a significantly higher standard of living if they’re in israel versus any of it’s surrounding countries (all arabic), and they will certainly have more job opportunities. the government also happens to accept thousands of arabic refugees every year… so your dislike for it seems somewhat ignorant
Please read newer updates. I’m not as ignorant now :) You seem to have stories to share, care to? Would love to find out more.
Maybe I am, maybe I’m not, but the important thing is that I don’t want to be discriminatory to any races, religions, sexual orientations, genders, ect. Check the blog.
Now that I find out that what I said was considered offensive, I want to change so that I don’t offend anyone. Would you help by giving suggestions on what would be antisemitic or not if all I wanted to discuss about is the Israeli government, please?
I’ve since learnt that jews (race) =/= israeli government, and that not all jews (wither they’re living in Israel or elsewhere) support what the israeli government is doing. So now I wish to clarify that do not like what the Israeli government are doing.
I don’t want to be anti-semitic. My issues are political, not racial (if it appears to be racial, I apologize).
Looking it up :)
(I’m not sure if you’re the same anon or if you’re a different one but here’s a big thanks in case I haven’t thanked you properly yet)
And I respect you for giving me a straight answer.
I don’t know whether to make another post to share what I’ve learnt in this short time, because that might ignite more hate (I probably contributed to that with my wording), and hate talks are not ‘discussions’, is it? I really do want to learn more, though.
Anyhow, bless you, sir/madam, in whichever religion (or none) that you hold.
I’m sorry, that was a mistake on my part.
To all out there who were offended by this jew=israel implication, I humbly apologize.
But it doesn’t address the issue, though. Can someone please tell me how do Jews around the world view Israel? Do many support, do many oppose, do they remain on the fence, or unbothered by what’s going on?
(continued) (It’s also worth noting that the people in power like Netanyahu are not in power because the majority of Israelis voted for them, they didn’t, but rather because of the way the system works)
Apologies if it felt like I’m associating all Jews with the Israeli government. It’s not, and I should have made that clearer. Tell me your experiences. Tell me how the system works. I live in Malaysia, and we don’t recognize Israel as a state. We know Israel mostly from the accounts of Palestinians we welcome here. So tell me more. How does the system work? Why does it work that way?
I feel obligated to add a disclaimer here that as much as I try to write this through completely non-prejudiced eyes, I was born and raised a Muslim in a Muslim country.
People are people. They’re always nice…. if they have what they want. Or in the power to get what they want. I for one can admit that I’m not that nice when all I want is some food or sleep.
I’ve met 3 Jews while traveling. They weren’t the best example, unfortunately. They were loud, unrespectful, selfish, and pretty shallow. (I need to make friends with nicer ones, I guess). I don’t want to stereotype a whole race. I can’t. As much as I am different from the next Muslim woman, I’m very sure Jews/Israelis come with different backgrounds as well. If given the chance, I might have a best friend/lover from there, even.
But damn, it’s hard to just not… dislike… (I’m choosing my words carefully here) Jews as a race. Or rather, the unfair policies and politics currently implemented in Israel that affects how they (as a general population) treat the people they deem ‘inferior’. Stealing land from the Palestinians? DESTROYING crops? Fucking sterilizing people? Seperate bus lines for the Israelis and Palestinians, even? That’s aside from the whole, oh, killing thousands of people already. Never mind that. There’s many more examples of Israel denying basic human dignity to other persons simply because they are not… Jew.
I’m adult enough to realize that ‘why can’t we all be friends’ argument is immature and naive. Instead, I’m going to change that to … why do we have to be enemies?
Thinking of suitable goal is proving to be harder than I thought. I thought of traveling more. Well, that’s kind of underway, since I’m traveling to Cambodia in late June for 11 days.
I We made a checklist of things we want to do while traveling that we don’t normally do back home, so there will be a seperate post for that :)
The goal making process itself was not linear. I never actually just sat down and went, look, here’s what you need to do. Everything is actually good and well right now, so I needed to think of something to make me a better person. Professionally, financially, emotionally.
Then I crossed out financial goals. I’m already doing that anyway. I’m on a pretty good track towards financial freedom, and balancing really well on work/life. I don’t want to, say, skimp any more or find a second job i order to increase my worth. I’m genuinely happy with what I’m making and how I use up my salary (I regularly save 1/3 of it).
Well, then, said my brain. Maybe you should tackle that problem. That problem that you even convinced yourself that it doesn’t even exist. It exists, and you want a goal, so suck it up.
Make more friends at work.
Ah, that one, I hear myself silently agreed. I have a few friends here, but no good friends, most are colleagues. One girl never even say hi to me (she pretends I’m not here most of the time, I really have no idea why).
This is an interesting challenge in itself, because I pride myself on finishing my work every single day. I clock in at 8, and (usually) by 5pm, I’m out of the door. Most people chat and go lunch. I sit at my desk and finish my work. Most people have WIPs (Works in Progress), I don’t. I have no backlog. And my supervisors are noticing.
I’m not going to change how I work. Heck no. But I will make more effort to be nicer, to actually chat to people, instead of just rushing off.
Because it’s hot out in the city, and when it gets hot, it becomes humid, and the heat descends on the buildings and has nowhere to go and everyone begins to dream of that breeze that comes with the woosh of the subway when it enters the station and women wear sundresses, but women who have…