Diving in headfirst

I wrote the two friends who responded to my plunge into Mideast politics and rhetoric, explaining:
“I have always considered myself as a foil for teaching. In other words, by being willing to display my own errors and ignorance, and do this learning in public, I think others who think like me – or who might be persuaded to think like me – can more readily grow into better, deeper, richer understandings.”
Foil, in the sense of “One that by contrast underscores or enhances the distinctive characteristics of another: “I am resolved my husband shall not be a rival, but a foil to me” (Charlotte Brontë).”
The responses are both critiques. I am waiting for permission to post them (either with credit or anonymously). In the meantime, this photo was sent to drive home the point that not all Jewish people believe in Zionism.
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The term, Zionism, presents its own problems. By Jews it originally meant the desire to found their own nation, a homeland. By non-Jews, the term has been conflated with deliberate, systematic, and racist oppression. It would behoove us, I think, not to assume there is only one possible meaning for this term. It would be even better if we could use language more precisely – perhaps even avoiding this loaded term – to distinguish between Israeli and Palestinian ambitions. We might even be able to talk commonalities into being.
An aside: A man to watch: Sheik Nasrallah.

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