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A month ago my boyfriend of 5 years recently went on his birthright trip to Israel. He's not a religious person, incredibly non-emotional, and calls bullshit on anything that has even the slightest sheen of propaganda (even stuff he agrees with!), so I didn't think it would get to him.
But since returning something's been off.
Any time Israel is mentioned, he gets into an incredibly uncharacteristic emotional hysteria. If he hears anyone suggest some people are justified in having something less than an unconditional love for Israel, he'll immediately throw accusations of anti-Semitism, Jew-hatred, and a hidden desire to see the destruction of the Jewish people. Yesterday, when discussing Ted Cruz's almost-unanimously-denounced comments on Israel at a conference for oppressed Middle Eastern Christians, I said it was tacky of the Senator to harp on an unrelated, divisive subject. My boyfriend flipped out and through near tears of anger said if persecuted religious minorities can't be bothered to stand with Israel, then they deserve to get slaughtered by ISIS.
This is someone who is incredibly anti-war, anti-American foreign intervention, anti-foreign aid for Israel, and has many Muslim friends.
Could anyone who's been on one of these birthright trips (or knows someone close who has been) tell me what the fuck is going on? Will it wear off soon?
>inb4 "Hurr durr ur dating a JOOOO wut did you expect?!?"