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Sara Gibbs @Sara_Rose_G
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So we are now in a position where antisemitism is endorsed & endemic on the right & the left, where those pointing it out are demonised, dehumanised & accused of being part of some sinister conspiracy, & most ordinary people don’t care. History tells us what happens next.
Being Jewish has always been a background rumble for me. A nice, but not front & centre, part of the mosaic of who I am. I’ve always felt English first & foremost. Now I feel othered in my own country. I have never felt so unwelcome.
Antisemitism is now a self-feeding beast. Every time we decry it, we are ‘debunked’ with an antisemitic trope or conspiracy. An inception of antisemitism. Everything we say is used as ‘evidence’ to reinforce these vile beliefs.
And to most of our non-Jewish friends we sound OTT - hysterical. They barely listen, let alone speak up. They don’t hear & see what we hear & see every day. They think it’s just online trolling, that the effects aren’t real. They don’t want to get into a ‘thing’ about it.
But this is how it starts. Every day the boundaries of decent behaviour towards Jews are eroded a little further. They are now disintegrating at an alarming rate & the cliffs of common courtesy are crumbling into the sea. We are not deserving of tolerance or respect.
And everyone who stays silent now is complicit. Everyone who doesn’t want to look uncool or earnest or whiny or whatever else concerns them. Everyone who feels uncomfortable challenging their friends. You are now the good people who do nothing. You are allowing this erosion.
You see this as a Jewish problem, not a human problem. You see this as a political scuffle, not a deafening foghorn of a warning from history. You see our pain & fear & think we have lost ourselves in propaganda & hysteria. But you’re wrong. Your wilful blindness has consequences
Maybe much of the abuse is from internet trolls - but the trolls are not the issue. They are testing the waters for something much more sinister. They are the barometer for what you will & won’t accept. And what they are discovering should terrify us all.
The trolls are an army, and they answer to a general - and bit by bit they are taking their hatred offline and into the real world. So stop thinking this has nothing to do with you. Be brave and speak up for your Jewish friends - before it’s too late.
I’d like to add, it is not the duty of your Jewish friends to educate you before you believe them. It’s not their job to provide you with reams of evidence you could easily find yourself. Dialogue is important, but we are tired. Do your research & help do the job of educating.
Don’t you not think your vocal Jewish friends would rather not? Do you think we want to be seen as those mouthy Jews who only talk about one thing? Do you think we don’t worry every time we speak up that it’ll cost us friends/work? We are human. But we feel we have no choice.
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