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Simone Schicker at the Kotel

I have a relationship with Israel, and it is complicated.

Part 1: As a child growing up in an interfaith home, my earliest memory of a connection to Israel was watching the country’s 50th anniversary celebration on PBS with my mom. She grew up in South Africa during Apartheid and her first trip out of the country was to Israel. The only Jews I knew were big supporters of Hadassah, JNF, Young Judaea, and the like – and the idea that one would be anything but supportive of Israel was never a question.  

Part 2: “I love Israel. I want Peace. I am a Zionist.” Those words were...

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