My Saba, Yoseph Amit, made aliya as a young man from Poland in the late 1930s. He was escaping the rise of fascism and anti-Semitism in Europe, and aspiring towards what he called then, in the Hashomer Hatzair Youth youth movement, Hagshama Atzmit, self-realization, in Zion.
Would my Saba, a devoted Socialist Zionist pioneer who left everything he knew to build kibbutzim and create a new life, be accepted by todays institutions in Israel? Or would he be targeted by this Israeli government as an undesirable for his left-wing opinions?
This week the Jewish Agency for Israel withdrew its funding for Achvat Amim, a Masa-funded program overseen by Hashomer Hatzair based on spurious allegations by a shadowy group called Ad Kan.