What Does Gaza Represent?

Mike Weisser
3 min readNov 29, 2023

The first time I went to Israel, which was 1967, as I walked along the boardwalk in Tel Aviv, I thought I was in Miami Beach. Most of the adults were speaking Yiddish, not Hebrew, and they looked exactly like the Jews in Southern Florida who had moved down to Miami from The Bronx.

This was before Miami Beach became a hip and cool destination for the rich and famous. It was also when Israel’s population was overwhelmingly comprised of immigrants from Eastern Europe who came out of an Ashkenazi culture heavily influenced by Socialist beliefs.

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