of course calling out antisemitism is important within the anti israel movement, just like i felt it was important to call out racism and islamophobia when i was pro israel. but it is up to us to create safe spaces for each other if we really want people to change. we cant expect palestinians to welcome people who potentially deny their right to exist with open arms. they have their right to their anger. i am angry too, because i know what israel is doing is wrong. but it is not my personal experience. i dont have the right to refuse to educate people, because i can step outside of the conflict. and my education came from other blogs who created safe spaces where i could be proud of and open about my judaism and still criticize israel, and not be any less jewish for it. we need to create these spaces for ourselves, and for each other, and not demand that people being opressed do it for us.
Anonymous asked: could you give any advice on staying confident
My best advice is to find the fine line between things you can change and things you have to accept, and then walk on both sides of that line with a sense of humor.
For instance, my confidence comes from wearing clothes I feel good about, which is something you can change and build and redevelop. But in order to feel confident about clothes I like, I have to feel confident about the body I have. Like I’m almost 6’ and I’m a bigger girl and I actually dwarf people when I stand next to them, which has taken me YEARS to get over. But I know that I can’t change my height and I can’t change my body and frankly I don’t want to change my body, so I have to accept that this is who I am and that is okay.
And if I ever feel uncomfortable I just laugh about it because if I can find humor in my flaws then no one can touch me. Instead of falling into the mindset of “wow, I look like a cave troll,” I’m like “wow, I am the same size as a baby giraffe basically and that is fucking bad ass, do not cross me or I will beat you to death with my absurdly long neck” or whatever.
Find something you can change about yourself and change it with vigor, but hold onto the things you can’t change and know that they are an integral part of you and they do not make you a lesser person.
i said “Bismillah” before my presentation today and i was afraid it would be disrespectful to add “al rahman al rahim”
but then my professor did it for me