Nuanced discussion on Israel/Palestine DESTROYS debater!!!

Shain Slepian
6 min readNov 9, 2023

You won’t believe what happened next

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*This is gonna be an angry article. Sorry if that’s not your vibe. We’ll get through this together.

It’s hard to be a sensitive soul.

Quite some time ago, I wrote a piece about the difficulties of being a Jew in a strange time — one in which antisemitism is so potent yet so invisible. It was also, to a lesser extent, about some difficult feelings I have with regards to my ethnic identity. And whether I like it or not, Israel is a part of my ethnic identity.

I say ethnic and not religious. I don’t believe in god and I do not miss trying to fit into a religious mold as a child. Likewise, Israel doesn’t just claim to be a protector of Judaism and Jewish traditions, but of Jewish people.

The past month has been a particularly difficult period to process. And being attacked from either side for talking-while-Jewish online has certainly contributed to a feeling of constant apprehension.

In a recent discussion with a close friend, I recalled the first time I had ever come in contact with another friend’s anti-Zionist opinion. Without thinking, I said: “it felt like I’d just found out my grandpa was in the Klan.” She laughed, and I immediately realized how ridiculous it sounded. I felt…



Shain Slepian

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