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to not know what to say to my Israeli neighbours?

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lungidancer Fri 08-Aug-14 15:25:05

Just that really. I live abroad and they live in the house next to us (not in Israel) Get on quite well. Our gardens are very close to each other so we see each other constantly through out the day.

I've never given the whole situation much thought (to my discredit) but having spent the summer at home, I have been shocked and stunned and deeply saddened by the latest developments in Gaza. I know it's not directly their fault, but at the same time I just can't get past what the Israeli government is doing.

So, AIBU to be angry with them personally? Because I am angry with them. I'm angry about the whole situation.


CoffeeTea103 Fri 08-Aug-14 15:27:00

Yabvvu, your neighbors have nothing to do with what's happening.

Halfling Fri 08-Aug-14 15:27:39


ADHDNoodles Fri 08-Aug-14 15:27:50

We don't make racist assumptions about people that nothing to do with an overseas conflict dear.

Now run along.

EarthWindFire Fri 08-Aug-14 15:28:12

YABVU. Why is it directly your neighbours fault!?

timeforanappychange Fri 08-Aug-14 15:29:25

Sorry, YABU. They are private citizens. Blaming them for their country's actions is ridiculous. Plenty of us strongly disagree with our own government's actions. It's important to see people as individuals.

BabyDubsEverywhere Fri 08-Aug-14 15:29:59


CorporateRockWhore Fri 08-Aug-14 15:30:23

You could try 'hello, how are you?'


Unless they are firing rockets into Gaza from your street, you've lost me.

FunkyBoldRibena Fri 08-Aug-14 15:30:23

What to say to your neighbours?

'Good morning' usually works round here.

MrsTerryPratchett Fri 08-Aug-14 15:30:38

Huh. They aren't even living in Israel.

I hope you blame yourself for whatever your country has done, ever. What nationality are you, BTW? Your government ever done anything shitty?

ChaosTrulyReigns Fri 08-Aug-14 15:30:47

You're being irrational and unreasonable. It is horrific, bit it's doubtfulttat they are to blame.

DrinkFeckArseGirls Fri 08-Aug-14 15:31:14

Oh please. i'm Polish and imagine that, I speak to Germans living over here shock and Russians shockshock

MyPrettyToes Fri 08-Aug-14 15:32:02

Seriously? Seriously? I am actually lost for words.

Unless your neighbour is Reuven Rivlin or Benjamin Netanyahu you are being ridiculous.

I hope you area troll because I cannot believe anyone would be this ignorant.

DrinkFeckArseGirls Fri 08-Aug-14 15:32:03

Did your neighbours say they support the actions of the Israeli government?

Genopy Fri 08-Aug-14 15:33:00

Don't be ridiculous.

timeforanappychange Fri 08-Aug-14 15:33:19

There is plenty you can do to make your own govt aware of your feelings about the situation. IMO that would be a much better way to channel your energy.

For all you know, your neighbours feel the same way you do. I know an Israeli family who have lost someone very dear to them in the ongoing conflict, and I can assure you that the continuing violence brings them absolutely no joy or comfort whatsoever. Quite the opposite, in fact.

Southpaws Fri 08-Aug-14 15:33:43

Are you serious?? Do you blame all British people for the atrocities that have been committed in the name of British imperialism over the centuries? Wise the fuck up OP.

specialsubject Fri 08-Aug-14 15:34:57

doesn't matter whether they support the Israeli government or not, we live in a democracy and as long as they aren't harming you, that's their business.

I thought you were going to ask how to express your concern to them about family they may have under fire.

BTW if you are British (as am I) our country is supporting Israel. So would you expect any nearby Palestinians to be angry with you? That's your logic.


In what way are your neighbours in anyway involved with what is going on in Gaza? (unless the Netanyahu happen it have a holiday home next to you)

Guitargirl Fri 08-Aug-14 15:35:21

When you say 'Israeli' do you mean that they are nationals of Israel? Or Jewish? We have lots of Jewish neighbours who have no connection with the state of Israel. Even if they are Israeli nationals they could well be just as appalled at the conflict as you are. I disagree with plenty that is being done by the British government 'in my name'.

ExitPursuedByAKoalaBear Fri 08-Aug-14 15:35:32

What everyone else said. With knobs on.

crescentmoon Fri 08-Aug-14 15:36:25

You shouldn't be. Please don't take on like that around them assume the best of people always and that they are as shocked and as angry about it as you. Or that they don't know about it, or if they knew they would hate it also. iv only ever met 3israelis in my whole life, all separately at different times, and they were each lovely people- i reserve all my ire for the expansionist Likud party and Israeli government not ordinary folk.

Patrickstarisabadbellend Fri 08-Aug-14 15:36:40

I wouldn't even judge a person living in Israel.

lungidancer Fri 08-Aug-14 15:37:18

I have actually have a close relationship with my neighbours. I'm not 'racist' I don't by any means dislike them for being Israeli. I just feel deeply upset about the conflict. But you're right I am being UR in blaming them for their country's actions.

GalaxyInMyPants Fri 08-Aug-14 15:38:10

If you're british I hope you're really angry at yourself for the Tony Blair led illegal invasion of Iraq. hmm

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