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Most of my adult life I considered myself a Zionist. I read Leon Uris’ "Exodus" and a biography of Golda Meir when I was 12 years old. I believed the world was a better place for having a safe homeland for Jewish people who suffered horribly for centuries in Europe culminating in the holocaust of the 1940s. 

The realities of the Zionist project never quite lived up to the ideals, but I excused Israeli lapses as good faith failures of fallible humans implementing an idealist project in an imperfect world. 

My faith in the Zionist project has been completely destroyed. Disillusionment came partly from learning a more complete history of the founding of the State of Israel. Google “Al Nakba” if you need to know more. More importantly, Israeli government actions during theoretical negotiation toward a “two-state solution” convinced me that Zionism is Palestinian genocide. Life is systematically destroyed in the occupied territories of Gaza and the West Bank through land seizures, theft of water, restrictions on transportation, commerce and trade, and military violence.

I fully support Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) to compel Israel to work toward a permanent peaceful solution with Palestine as an equal partner.

Mike Beilstein

Corvallis (July 26)

The writer is the Pacific Green candidate for the 4th Congressional District in the U.S. House of Representatives.

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