you want me to go? pay for it! I can’t afford to go where no one offers a job. I have a college degree from Carnegie Mellon University. Make a job offer. put up or shut up. seriously. Insulting me doesn’t motivate me at all. I’d love to go, but I have a son to think about. I’m too old for the military and I’m college educated. The job market is dead, but at the very least I have immediate family that helps in America.
(comment for Carl) I’m not insulted Carl, but you must also remember not to play into the stereotype that all Jews are rich. I am not rich! My family is not wealthy and I can not afford to move to Israel unless Israel wants to guarantee me a job. Stop insulting me and do something about it. I went to college. I have the degree and the experience and yet no calls from Israel. Nothing would make me happier then to move to Israel, but Israel had better put up or shut up. If Israel doesn’t put up, then you can’t expect me to swim there. I have a son and the economy is bad. When I make money I’d like to go, but it won’t help us get there if you insult me and the rest of us Jews who are stuck in America at a very bad time. I am not a left winger, but I understand the anger the OWS kids are going through because they are in the same boat as me. It is real Carl. There are no jobs. I might have other ideas then the OWS people as to how to create jobs, but I don’t pick on people that are unemployed. People have not had jobs since 2006… and you are asking us to get a plane ticket to Israel where there is no guaranteed job and no guaranteed home… and from what it sounds like… things aren’t easy in Israel either. It disgusts me to be shamed into doing something that I incapable of doing myself. I am too old for military service… and I don’t have the right skills to work on a farm at a Kibbutz. I would do no one any favors by showing up in Israel and ending up homeless. At least in America I have family that allows me to stay in the attic while I figure out how to survive. I’m not a bum. I’m college educated… and by the way… I didn’t want to be college educated. I was shamed into going… and I should of listened to my own advice. I’m not going to be shamed into showing up in a land that has not offered me a job. Not again. This time… NO TICKY NO WASHY CARL
Kiera Feldman writes an article criticizing Birthright Israel in The Nation. Excerpts:
The seekers are young, just beginning to face the disappointments of adulthood. Their journey is often marked by tears. They may weep while praying at the Western Wall, their heads pressed against the weathered stone, or at the Holocaust Museum, as they pass the piles of shoes of the dead. Others tear up in Jerusalem’s Mount Herzl military cemetery, while embracing a handsome IDF soldier in the late afternoon light. But at some point during their all-expenses-paid ten-day trip to a land where, as they are constantly reminded, every mountain and valley is inscribed with 5,000 years of their people’s history, the moment almost always comes.
When Julie Feldman (no relation), then 26 and a Reform Jew from New York City, arrived at Ben Gurion Airport in December 2008, she called herself “a blank slate.” She returned as the attack on Gaza was under way, armed with a new “pro-Israel” outlook. “Israel really changed me,” she said. “I truly felt when I came back that I was a different person.”
It was mission accomplished for Birthright Israel, the American Zionist organization that has, since its founding in 1999, spent almost $600 million to send more than 260,000 young diaspora Jews on free vacations to the Holy Land.
what a bunch of sourpusses