Sometimes I wish I didn't give a shit about politics.
Politics are, understandably, even more divisive here than in America.
Listen, as far as the Arab-Israeli conflict is concerned, I'll be honest - I'm still in the process of educating myself about it to see what I honestly think should be done and what I support. I'm hesitant to make strong statements until I feel like I know what I'm talking about and can back up whatever I say.
But Israel has done and is doing some spectacularly shitty things to the Palestinians. That's an objective fact. And a few of my friends in the Rothberg program got into a Facebook argument recently - my friend posted, without comment, an article about Palestinian children that Israel has taken hostage. The rabid Zionists in the program jumped down her throat and said all sorts of awful things, and then one of them said - and I quote -
"Israel has never committed any atrocities against the Palestinians."
What the fuck?! That's just OBJECTIVELY UNTRUE. I couldn't even believe it. This dude grates on my nerves pretty much constantly; in his eyes Israel can do no wrong and he's constantly posting about its achievements with commentary like "It's an honor to live in such a great country!" Dudebro, you can support a country without thinking everything about it is amazing and everyone in it shits gold. You're allowed to criticize. You should fucking criticize.
Besides that. I've booked my ticket back home - December 29. My semester doesn't actually end until January 3, but flight availability was very limited and I also want to be getting back to home and Oberlin. So I need to finish my finals a week before everyone else - whatever, I'll deal. If a genie appeared right now and told me "Here's a plane ticket, you can go home now," I'd turn them down. I am enjoying it here and, more importantly, I feel there's a lot I still need to experience before I leave. But I will be more than ready to go when the time comes. There's other stuff I want to talk about but I have class in half an hour and I gotta make the 20-minute uphill trek to campus. FUN!