(Closed) Jewish Bees: Political Tension

posted 5 years ago in Jewish
  • poll: Do you deal with political tension between your friends and family?
    Yes, there is alot of tension around these political issues. : (4 votes)
    31 %
    There is a little bit of tension, but nothing too bad. : (1 votes)
    8 %
    No, there is no political tension between my family and friends. : (6 votes)
    46 %
    Other : (0 votes)
    I live in a mainly Jewish community : (1 votes)
    8 %
    I do not live in a Jewish community : (1 votes)
    8 %
    Other : (0 votes)
  • Post # 3
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    70 posts
    Worker bee
    • Wedding: September 2013

    Oy.  Yeah, holiday meals get a little testy… in my family we’ve learned not to talk about it too much!  I’m probably a little left of the J Street camp, but some in my family are very “pro-Israel” in the traditional sense that mostly manifests itself as Islamophobia.

    Anyway, we talk about the latest in Israel, I bash Netanyahu, they defend BiBi, and after a few minutes we move onto friendlier conversational terrain.  =)  The tension’s there, neither of us seem to be changing our opinions, but I feel like we’re mostly able to put our love above it.

    Post # 4
    Member
    903 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: September 2012

    Eek, that sounds frustrating! I’m not personally Jewish but some of my family is, and the topic does come up. My Jewish relatives lived in Jerusalem for years, though now they live in DC, but they are very liberal and very active in the pro-peace movement. Luckily there is not much argument among my family members, though the topic for sure came up at our Thanksgiving dinner. I totally understand that with the holidays coming up and lots of family/friend time you must be concerned about the arguing! How does the topic come up? Would it be possible to avoid it? Unfortunately, I think as long as people have differing opinions, that’s the only way to avoid arguments — avoiding the topic altogether. :-/ sorry you’re dealing with this, but i hope everyone can at least be civil about it!

    Post # 6
    Member
    903 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: September 2012

    @Petite_Fraise:  I am totally the same way, because I hate confrontation! And I am with you on the Facebook thing — I’ve been seeing certain people’s opinions plastered all over Facebook that really bother me and sometimes it’s hard not to say anything, but I generally think it’s best not to engage. Your family dinner sounds like it will be very complicated with people from all different walks. Good luck, I hope everyone can at least remain civil! Could you talk to DH and ask him to try not to respond to any provocations, if only for the sake of maintaining peace over dinner? I’m sure your family are aware of his opinions as he is of theirs. It might feel less stressfull if you can be confident that he will at least try not to get into any political arguments.

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