Attention Facebook friends, soulmates, well wishers/people who don’t wish any particular harm on me: Beginning August 22, Mike Guild, myself and others will be live tweeting every episode of The Simpsons marathon FXX. Follow us @homersassgroove, and watch us live on Ustream. We’re through the looking glass here, people.
Just gonna go ahead and explain my views on Israel, for those of you who will inevitably ask me what I think, no matter how much I try to avoid the question
While I don’t identify as a member of the Jewish community and am actively opposed, if not actively hostile, to both its religious and cultural connotations, I do understand that, after the Holocaust, there was a need for the displaced to find a place where they could feel safe. In 2014, Israel is as much home to a 28-year-old Israeli as it is to a 28-year-old Palestinian, as much as America is home to 28-year-old me.
I think it’s completely fair game to hate Netanyahu, and be opposed to the conservative and war criminal forces in the Israeli government, just as much as it was for Americans to hate the war criminal forces in the Bush/Cheney regime or for, say, progressive Iranians to hate the war criminal forces in the Ahmadinejad regime. I actually admire how radical the left in Israel is able to get rhetorically; the violence in the rhetoric in opposition to right wing Hasidic extremism in Israel is something that you could not get away with in the US.
Here’s where I draw the line: if you think a Jewish life is more valuable than a Muslim life (as much of my extended family and family friends tend to continuously imply), or claim that people are trying to kill “us” as opposed to people are killing other humans, you’re a bigot and a hypocrite, betraying your supposed “values” as a Jew (justice, tolerance, charity) and the forces that led to the creation of the Israeli state you so claim to love and defend.
Also, if you’re an American Jew who believes this, you’re indirectly killing young Israeli men and women who have to fight the wars you lazily claim to support, not unlike the lazy American conservatives who supported the Iraq war that American Jews overwhelmingly opposed. Except at the beginning, when they were convinced that Saddam Hussein threatened Israel, which is a theory that was so mind-bogglingly delusional that at 16 it was one of the earliest signs to me that the Jewish community is fucked beyond repair.
I have less experience with the Muslim community on this, but all I will say is that most people who were born Jewish don’t want you dead, and a Muslim life is no more or less valuable than a Jewish life either. Also, the Holocaust happened. Yell at anyone who claims otherwise (even if they’re your extended family and family friends).
Upcoming shows :
Thursday July 10: Rafa’s Lounge, Echo Park, 7:30
Tuesday, July 15: Early Late Night, Flappers in Burbank, 9:30 PM
Sunday, July 20: Ice House in Pasadena, 7 pm
Tuesday, August 12: Three Clubs, Hollywood, 8 pm
Thursday, August 21: Garage Bar, Palms/Culver City, 9 pm
and of course,
Sunday, August 17, Sorry Not Sorry: A Storytelling Open Mic Westside Comedy Theater, Santa Monica: 7pm
Have an OK day or whatever. Fuck it.