I am pro-civil rights, pro-people, pro-love and the only thing that I have ever taken from organized religion is to treat others the way you wish to be treated and to love one another.
I am always critical when a group in power oppresses another people and my heart breaks when civilians, particularly children, are caught in the cross fire of religious, political, and economic bullshit.
I am not anti-Israel, I am not pro-Hamas, and the critiques I make of Israel are of the way in which the current Israeli regime does not seem to care for Palestinian life (Muslim, Christian or other), during this current conflict and otherwise.
Yes, Israel’s neighbors have done terrible things to the their own people, LGBT populations, women, etc, but Israel prides itself on being a “Western-style,” “civilized,” government in a sea of corruption. If this is so, then why are the Palestinians continued to be treated as second class, pushed out of their own homes, or not even recognized as human at all?
Israel is the military and economic power in the region and with great power comes great responsibility.