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“There are really important arenas…where the comparisons between these two countries need to be interrogated, and where deep work has to take place in order to ensure that the two societies are not reinforcing each others’ weaknesses”

There are really important arenas – ideological trends like the rise of nationalism and shifts in how democracy is valued and understood, and political alliances like the dangerous dalliance between Trump and Netanyahu – where the comparisons between these two countries need to be interrogated, and where deep work has to take place in order to ensure that the two societies are not reinforcing each others’ weaknesses. But the conflation of America’s (real) border injustices, including the *policy-driven* separation of families and incarceration of children, with Israel’s ad hoc border practices that sometimes cross over into injustice, is an intersectional and ideologically-motivated argument of contemporary political convenience, and honestly it falls apart pretty quickly.

Yehuda Kurtzer, Facebook post (15 August 2018) [https://www.facebook.com/yehuda.kurtzer/posts/10156772156197174]