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Sara Gibbs @Sara_Rose_G
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I grew up with a lot of hidden shame about my Jewish identity. I was taught from an early age that it was unacceptable. The girl at school who told me I killed Christ... 1/
Then the girl at the new school I briefly attended because of that same bully who told me not to tell people I was Jewish because they don’t like people who are different 2/
The girls on my school exchange to Hungary who told me to be very careful who I told I was Jewish & the white nationalists I saw marching in Moszkva Tér 3/
A dear friend of my mother’s having a bit too much to drink & telling her that Jews push their way to the front & take opportunities from ordinary people. That instead of touching wood they clink their credit cards together 4/
The constant Jew ‘jokes’ which, to my eternal shame, I joined in to fit in. People dropping coins around me to see if I’d pick them up, or reveal my horns 5/
The sixth form history teacher who singled me out for being Jewish and demanded I justify the actions of the state of Israel that week 6/
Then university, the cesspit of antisemitic sentiment. Where I told someone at a party I was Jewish and they turned around and walked away 7/
Where a guy in my halls told me he wanted to find out which part of him was Jewish so he could cut it off 8/
The real-life friends who shared cartoons of big-nosed Jews with the star of David emblazoned on their kippot, cheering from hilltops as Palestinian babies were killed 9/
The man who approached me at a Labour Party charity book sale & told me, unprompted & without knowing I was Jewish, that Shakespeare was right about the Jews in the Merchant of Venice, why do I think the world's in the state it's in today? 10/
Someone from my local CLP ushering me into an office and urging me not to make a big deal of things. 11/
Becoming president of the Jewish society and dealing with the semi-regular abuse shouted at one of our only yarmulke-wearing members. 12/
The countless things that have been said to me online and to people in my community that are too horrifying to repeat. Things involving ovens, deportations, in one case wishing me a brain tumour. 13/
These are just the incidents that stick out vividly in my mind. I haven't even touched on the subtle exclusions. One ex's mum who referred to me casually as a 'Jewess'. Another who wouldn't let me eat with the family. 14/
But today I'm not ashamed. My only shame is that I ever let anyone make me feel anything but pride in my ancestry, my traditions & my Jewish heart. Today it is the world who should be ashamed. A world which promised us 'never again' when it meant 'not right now'. 15/
To those who are working to protect us, stand up for us & speak up when it is greatly inconvenient to do so, you have my eternal gratitude. But to those who are happy to minimise the issue of antisemitism, to gaslight our community & work against us, you ought to be ashamed. 16/
Little afterthought: my mentions are split between people who found this thread shocking & heartbreaking & Jews, for whom this sort of treatment has always been normal background noise.
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