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I'm glad you responded and are willing to discuss this, tongluren :)|
I wish to clarify a misunderstanding that many people understandably have have. Jewish people are not necessarily affiliated with Israel. 80% of Israel's population is Jewish, but the majority of Jewish people are _not_ Israeli. It is easy to get confused with all the group identities people have (so I am not criticizing you), but Jewish people, including myself, need not have any connection with Israel. There are no forced labor camps in Israel but there have been many horrible human rights violations by the IDF, and I condemn them. But I do not consider myself in any way involved or affiliated with Israel's policies, any more than I would consider myself affiliated with the policies of, say, Bulgaria.
The US and other countries also have human rights issues. I am actually most vocal at condemning human rights problems in the US, and have been involved in many petitions and other efforts. It is very annoying for me that both US candidates have not taken strong enough stances on human rights. They both were in favor of a law that gave amnesty to telephone companies who cooperated with the government to have a giant computer system illegally monitor everybody's phone calls. I could angrily rave for hours, but I will start here so I do not bore you too much :)
It is not right for any country to try to control what people think (religiously or otherwise), through laws or other means. Human nature is such that there are no unbiased judges as to what is moral thinking. It does not improve stability to do so; people just keep quiet and their frustrations build up. This has happened in many countries where censorship was tried. People are also less creative if they know that if they say something an authority will disagree with, they will be tortured with electric shocks and harmful chemicals. The governments of the US, Germany, Israel, and China are not perfect in this regard. The majority of the people in all of these countries though respect human rights. My disagreement is only with the top government leaders of these countries.