If a year ago, you told me that I would be singing the German national anthem (yes, I know it now by heart) with German colors painted on my face and waving a German flag, I would tell you that you’re crazy. But somehow, all the experiences of the past year led me to this point as I celebrated the World Cup win with hundreds of thousands of Germans in the streets in Berlin.
In the same spot where the Palestinian rally took place on the same street as the German World Cup celebration, I also attended a pro-Israel rally a few days ago. Of course, this rally did not include anything violent or hateful. About 100 people came and showed their support for Israel defending itself and protecting its citizens. People made speeches, played Israeli music, and waved flags. It makes me proud to be associated with these people, who support Israel but also empathize with the civilians on the other side. What a stark contrast this was from the protestors who were yelling "Death to Jews." I saw this contrast as very representative of the greater conflict.