There’s been a lot of talk in the Jewish blogosphere these past few days about our liberal discomfort with celebrating Yom Ha’atzma’ut. There’s been all this talk of recognizing not just Independence, but the Nakba, “The Catastrophe” as Palestinians refer to our moment of national triumph.
I take no issue with recognizing or taking responsibility for the ongoing plight. In fact, I think doing both of those things is an obligation. However, I fail to see the point in sullying a celebratory day past a certain point. It’s good to acknowledge the problems our Independence caused, but let’s examine this post from chillul who? on Jewschool:
My roommates objected to my proposal for a Yom Ha-Atzma’ut House Party by saying they wanted to avoid propaganda or the appearance of it. “Maybe we should have something about the nakba too.” “We don’t want to look right wing.” “How about we go to a Brit Tzedek talk instead.” Something about Independence Day made us uncomfortable.
We should acknowledge the Nakba, but to allow it to totally paralyze our attempts to celebrate is pointless. During Pesach, we acknowledge the Egyptians that died for our freedom, but we move on with the celebration.
P.S. My housemate Chris demanded that I note that he says hi in this post.