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Keeping progressive real

“Why are you whispering?” The young woman I helped raise to be a proud Jew wanted to know. “Sometimes you have to use your ‘inside voice,’” my co-conspirator, a wickedly talented lesbian Jewish comic responded before I realized what we were doing. We were deeply engaged in sharing our un-ambivalent support for Israel as a Jewish country. We were hiding our support for the only country in the region where progressives, women, LGBT, can be free. It should be ok to be Zionists in a room full of progressives, only it isn’t anymore. “It really annoyed me,” my young Zionist continued on our flight back home. “It really upset me. I knew you were talking about Israel. It was the only interesting con

Rachel Wahba is a writer, psychotherapist, and co-founder of Olivia Travel/Companies. An Iraqi -Egyptian Jew, born in India, she grew up in Japan. 

The many dimensions of 

displacement and exile are a constant theme in her work as a writer, therapist, and in her activism as a Mizrahi Jew who grew up stateless. 

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