I've been looking at your posts, and also your very moving weblog about your experiences in Lebanon. One thing that your blog made me realize was that your often very vocal opposition to Israel seems to be based on the Jewish nature of the state (I'm thinking of, for example, the first and second paragraph of this post). I can understand that- I also don't think that it is truly democratic to have a nation that discriminates based on religion, or that makes one religious culture the one whose history is taught, whose prayers are publically commemorated. I think that a state that is diverse ought to reflect that diversity in its self-definitions and national narratives, and that that diversity is a blessing rather than a problem or a threat. And I am Israeli, though I live in the US. And I'm not the only Israeli that feels this way- most of my Israeli family do not agree with the Jewish nature of the state. My aunt can speak very movingly on how she merely identifies with where she was born and raised, and if that land is Palestine then she can be Palestinian, but that she is not a stranger to the only place she's known.
One thing that deeply bothers me about your posts is that you often say, "Israel, leave!" or, "until Israel is ended", and the like. After reading more of your writing I think I understand that you mean the concept of the Jewish state, not the individual people who live there- at least, I think so, and please correct me if I'm wrong.
If that's the case, that you object to the Jewish character of the state (on the grounds that it is hurtful and unfair to its non-Jewish, and quite native, minorities), then I wonder why you choose such extreme and hurtful rhetoric. It hurts me when I read it- it makes me feel that you want to attack Israel, as in the people, as in people like me and my family, and we are certainly not against the Palestinian cause, and some of us (like myself) are actively involved in it and in promoting it.
I know many people in Israel, fellow activists, that don't agree with the idea of Israel being a Jewish state. But we say that, specifically, and we don't lump all of Israel into this one aspect of her government. We, who are part of Israel and who try to make her a truly democratic state, we are Israel just as much as those parts of Israel you abhor. The worst parts of Israel do not define all of us, and moreover, do not define what Israel is, in essence, anymore than the worst corruptions of Arafat's government define the Palestinian people, or the possibilities of a Palestinian state. When you say, "Israel, be no more", that is my culture too that you are telling to disappear, the culture that produced Ilan Pappe and Amira Hass and Uri Avnery and Azmi Bishara. None of these people say "Israel, begone!". They say, "Israel, become what you claim you are, what you thought you could be. Become a state of all your citizens, become a democracy, become a partner in the Middle East."