'I Have Been Misled on Israel': Seth Rogen's Comments on Zionism Spark Debate on Young Jews Attitudes Towards Israel

Published July 29th, 2020 - 09:27 GMT
'I Have Been Misled on Israel': Seth Rogen's Comments on Zionism Spark Debate on Young Jews Attitudes Towards Israel
Among comments supporting Rogen's statements on Israel, many Jewish social media users described going through similar experiences. (Shutterstock)

In a fiery podcast interview with the American stand up comedian Marc Maron, the Canadian writer and comedian Seth Rogen expressed harsh criticism of Zionism, causing a strong online storm.

Speaking about his Jewish identity on WTF podcast, Rogen talked about attending a Jewish boys summer camp with Israeli counselors at a young age before saying that "Israel doesn't make sense to him," explaining that "a better strategy to preserve the Jewish identity should have been to send them to different parts of the world following the Holocaust, instead of sending them to only one place."

In the casual talk about growing up as a Jew in Vancouver, Seth Rogen answered with a "No" to a question on whether he would like to live in Israel or not, saying that he has no religious connection to it, being a non-religious person.

He also went on to talk about how he has been "mislead and told a bunch of lies about it" to believe that upon establishing Israel in 1948, the land wasn't inhabited with other people.

"I also think that as a Jewish person, I was fed a huge amount of lies about Israel my entire life. They never tell you, that oh, by the way, there were people there. They make it seem like it was just sitting there, oh the f*cking door’s open! They literally forget to include the fact to every young Jewish person: Basically, oh yeah, there were people living there."

Responding to his comment, Marc Maron went on to say that this narrative aims "to make Jews frightened of your own survival to the point that when you're old enough, you make sure that money goes to Israel."

Rogen comments triggered mixed social media comments, with many applauding his unusual stance. 

Among comments supporting Rogen's statements on Israel, many Jewish social media users described going through similar experiences of not knowing the other narrative on the conflict in the Middle East and that it does involve a whole other nation; Palestinians.

Some Jewish commentators described this shift in non-Israeli Jews' attitudes towards the Jewish state as a result of having a "progressive Jewish voice that rejects the ethnic cleansing of Palestinians."


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