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Birthright Is Wrong

Friday, July 10, 2015 By Sarah Rosenblatt, Truthout | Graphic Journalism
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2015 0709rjbr fbTaglit-Birthright, the premier program in Jewish-American Zionism for young adults, has sent 340,000, 18- to 25-year-old Jews to Israel on all-expenses paid, 10-day vacations since its inception in 1999. On their journey, participants consume all the riches of Jewish Israeli culture - the gorgeous landscape, spiritual holy places, chiseled soldiers - a perfectly painted blindfold that sits comfortably on their eager eyes, shielding them from the violent truths of their supposed "homeland." The Zionist indoctrination I experienced on the trip was far more insidious and violent than I had expected.

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Sarah Rosenblatt

Sarah Rosenblatt (AKA Syan Rose) is a comic artist and freelance illustrator based in Seattle, Washington. Her work revolves around anti-racist feminism and examinations of political and cultural resistance. See more of her work on her artist websiteTumblr and Facebook.

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Birthright Is Wrong

Friday, July 10, 2015 By Sarah Rosenblatt, Truthout | Graphic Journalism
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2015 0709rjbr fbTaglit-Birthright, the premier program in Jewish-American Zionism for young adults, has sent 340,000, 18- to 25-year-old Jews to Israel on all-expenses paid, 10-day vacations since its inception in 1999. On their journey, participants consume all the riches of Jewish Israeli culture - the gorgeous landscape, spiritual holy places, chiseled soldiers - a perfectly painted blindfold that sits comfortably on their eager eyes, shielding them from the violent truths of their supposed "homeland." The Zionist indoctrination I experienced on the trip was far more insidious and violent than I had expected.

Click here to open full-size in a new window, then click again to expand.2015 0709rjbr 1

Click here to open full-size in a new window, then click again to expand.2015 0709rjbr 1

Click here to open full-size in a new window, then click again to expand.2015 0710rosenblatt3

Copyright, Truthout. May not be reprinted without permission.

Sarah Rosenblatt

Sarah Rosenblatt (AKA Syan Rose) is a comic artist and freelance illustrator based in Seattle, Washington. Her work revolves around anti-racist feminism and examinations of political and cultural resistance. See more of her work on her artist websiteTumblr and Facebook.