This is how Israel asks for help from the US when it comes to conflict

So buhlt Israel um Amerikanische Soldaten

 Ich habe im Jahr 2012 ein Semester in Haifa/Israel studiert. An der International School dort studierten fast nur Ostküstenamerikaner mit jüdischem Hintergrund – junge, smarte Menschen, die alles andere als Krieg im Sinn hatten.

In 2012 I studied a semester at the International School of Haifa in Israel. Mainly East Coast Americans with Jewish background studied there – young, smart people that thought about everything else than war.

Ich half Ihnen dabei, ihre ersten Kater zu überstehen, während wir uns über die Engstirnigkeit des ein oder anderen Professors wunderten. Die sahen immer alles so schwarz/weiß in unseren Augen, wenn es um die Palästinenser ging. Natürlich ist die politische Bühne hochkomplex und Urteile fallen schwierig in dieser Region, in der alle Konflikte der Welt auf ein paar lausige Quadratmeter fallen.

Ich verließ irgendwann das Land und die Region, die ich entgegen der Abmachung mit der Universität natürlich trotzdem bereist hatte – inklusive Tahrir-Platz in Ägypten nach der Revolution. Zwei Jahre später zog der Krieg in Syrien auf, während Gaza wieder Steine schmiss. Die Israelis bekamen Panik.

Und ich bekam weiter die Newsletter verschiedener Organisationen an der Universität. Das Klima verschäfte sich und diese Mail eines Professors an die jüdischen Kollegen in den USA schockte mich. Denn sie bringt auf den Punkt, was die Lage im Nahen Osten so schwierig macht. Anstatt besonnen und gelassen zu reagieren, ist plötzlich davon die Rede, Israel sei im Krieg und brauche Geld und Soldaten aus dem Ausland.
Ich verstehe die Israelis so sehr, und habe doch Angst vor dieser Form von Nationalismus. Im Zuge olcher Aufrufe starben in den folgenden Monaten Tausende Menschen In Gaza.

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In 2012 I studied a semester at the International School of Haifa in Israel. Mainly East Coast Americans with Jewish background studied there – young, smart people that thought about everything else than war. I helped them coping with their first hangovers, while we wondered about how tight ass the professors were when it comes to Palestine. The political stage is complex for sure and judging is nearly impossible in this region, where the conflicts of the world fall down on some square meters.

At some point I left Middle East – of course after traveling the entire region including Tahrir place in Kairo after the revolution, even though the University always tried to avoid me doing this. Two years later the war in Syria came up while Gaza threw stones. The Israelis paniced.

But I still got newsletters of several organisations at the Uni. This mail of a professor finally shocked me, or lets say, it later confused me after a first shock. Because it highlights what makes the situation in Middle East so difficult. Instead of reacting calm and reasonable, suddenly we talk about war and support from the US.

I deeply understand Israelis concerns – but Im still afraid of this kind of nationalism. As a result to those calls thousands of people in Gaza died in the following month. I publish this mail to show how influencial people in Israel think and how they act when it comes to critical political events.

Dear Friends of the University of Haifa,

As you well know, currently Israel is in a state of war. At this moment, our reserve troops have been called up and rockets are raining down on our cities from Beersheva in the South right up to Haifa in the North, and possibly further.Dear friends, at this tense time your friendship means most to us. Our reserve soldiers, many of whom are still young boys, are leaving their families to join their units. A great number are current or past students of the University of Haifa or members of our staff and faculty. Whether Jewish, Druze, Muslim, religious or secular, we pray for their safe return and for the safety of all those who are suffering.

It now appears that the war will become more complex, and at this time we need you, our supporters in the United States, to stand fast with us, our families and our nation for the safety of all those in danger.

Here in Israel, regrettably, we are used to conflict, but it is sometimes difficult for those who perhaps have little contact with Israel to understand what is happening.

We look to you, our voices in America, to openly express support for us at this time, and to recruit support for Israel’s defense of its own borders to ensure that this nation can continue to prosper in peace and security in the future.

We look to you to paint a picture of the University of Haifa, and Israel — the diversity, the society and the spirit of our country — as we face these dark hours.
Thank you, as ever, for your unwavering support,
Sincerely,

Professor Alfred I. Tauber
Chairman, Board of Governors
University of Haifa

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