Most people, especially online, are getting information and headlines in sound bites, often from unreliable sources. In this arena, I hope I’m being a positive messenger for Israel and the Jewish people. I’m all about fighting antisemitism and misunderstandings about Israel. If I can change just one mind through education and understanding, that’s one person’s whole world.
My family motivates me. We have lived in the Middle East for thousands of years, in Muslim and Arab countries, where they faced discrimination and persecution before being able to come back home to Israel.
The story of my family, of Mizrahi Jews as a whole, isn’t as known. It’s important that people understand that Jewish people lived in the Middle East and Israel long before independence in 1948. We were stateless and without sovereignty and we’ve reclaimed our homeland and developed it into what it is today. Refuge for all Jews, so that when another country turns on us we have a place to run to.
I’m all about education and peace. I hope to see a more nuanced and engaged discussion about this land and politics in Israel, and less one-sided antisemitic slogans parading around as if they are a full conversation. I hope to see incidents of antisemitism fall across the globe to zero, because we’ve built compassion and thoughtfulness where there used to be only hatred.
One of our main challenges is that Jews make up only 2% of the world’s population. Some of the biggest anti-Israel voices online have more followers than there are Jews alive in the world. We have to be loud if we are going to be heard, and we have to encourage more allies to stand with and for us. We have to include non-Jews from around the world in our educational work and advocacy.
I like to say that I love being Jewish 10x more than anyone hates me for it. Through my work with TLVI.org I hope to make more Jews love being Jewish 10x more than anyone hates them for it. I want everyone to realize that there’s room for different Jewish identities and stories to be heard. Through celebrating our diversity, we are stronger as a people.