I’ve received emails and tumblr questions asking me to explain what’s going on in Gaza and Israel. The simple answer is: I can’t, I’m sorry. I can barely bring myself to watch the news, let alone sit down and write about this. But even if I were in an emotional state to tackle a post about this, I have no idea how to even begin writing something constructive about what’s going on. I admire someone like Jane, who wrote this post about her own country of birth, and her own complex relationship with it. I also admire the thoughtful and constructive comments and dialogue such a post elicited from people. I simply don’t think such a dialogue is remotely possible about Israel and Gaza in the current climate, when I’m also getting emails filled with death threats, telling me that Hitler should have wiped me off the face of the earth, along with the rest of my family. I have a Palestinian friend with whom I studied as an undergraduate who told me last night that she’s been getting pretty much the same death threats on twitter. So basically, I’m an evil Jewish bitch, and she’s an evil Muslim bitch. Way to show tolerance. I’m sure it makes the armchair experts on the internet feel morally superior to fall back on racism from the comfort of their peaceful homes and from their minds free of worry and fear about the safety of their families and friends. And this is basically the level of ‘commentary’ I’ve seen online; I’m not willing to give them yet another opportunity to spew hate, which is hardly constructive right now. It feels like the only sane thing to do is pull away from the internet, and speak with my friends and family instead.