Monday, June 8, 2009

The Immigrant Experience --Israel and the US

Although I’m in contact with immigrants, living in a country founded on the influx of foreigners, it is difficult to identify with the Hofmans. Netta consistently refers to Israel as “home” and feels very much isolated from America. She mentions that while Judaism was a part of life in Israel, to be a part of the Jewish community here requires active participation. It’s hard for me to imagine a country in which people are so connected. Sure, Americans have pride and are united in that, but we are all completely different. What differences have you noticed between Israel and the United States? It’s important to notice that Israel only became a nation in 1948 after the UN partitioned Palestine into two countries – Palestine (the Arab) and Israel (the Jewish). How do you think this affects citizens and their attitude towards their country?