Guest Post by Scott Piro
To my pro-Obama and very-active-about-it-on-Facebook-friends (particularly the gay, NY ones), today I mailed in my absentee ballot for Barack Obama, Kristen Gillibrand (Senator) & Charles Rangel (Representative). Despite that fact that the Democratic Party only recognized my other country Israel’s capital as Jerusalem b/c of embarrassing criticism during the DNC, Obama referred to my Prime Minister Bibi Netanyahu’s warnings about Iranian, genocidal aggression directed against Israel as “noise,” and many other examples from this administration that project distance between the US & Israel and send a signal to our Arab neighbors that American support of Israel is not always guaranteed, I did not throw America under the bus by voting for the candidate and party that is more vocal in its support of pro-Israeli policies. You helped convince me that a strong America is what’s best for the world, and it’s Barack Obama and the Democrats who will continue policies that help the US economy recover faster, and preserve more freedoms for more Americans, especially among minorities like LGBTs and people without health insurance. I hope you will be more visible and vocal showing your support for America’s strongest ally in the Middle East – Israel. A rally was held yesterday outside the US Embassy in Tel Aviv – a pro-American rally. When many other countries in the region have recently burned US flags, killed Americans and shown aggression, hatred and disrespect for America and western values & freedoms, only Israelis gathered to show America the opposite – how much we love and support the United States.
I know many of you are energized by courageous activism – fighting for marriage equality and fair taxation policies for example. You’re doing great work, I agree with. I wouldn’t expect you to work as hard for pro-Israeli issues – it’s not your turf. But showing pro-Israel support and defending Israel occasionally would be very appreciated – especially when LGBT groups like Queers Against Israeli Apartheid become more visible trying to make anti-Zionism a queer value. Please. I’ve got your back. Please think about whether you have mine. I voted for Barack Obama today not so I could say this message to you. I did it because it’s the right thing for me. But if you believe being pro-Israel is in your best interests as an American, don’t forget to show it when the chance presents itself.
Scott Piro is an American citizen and a resident of Tel Aviv. You can follow his Instagram Feed here.