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The hashtag #FirstAntisemiticExperience which I started a couple of days ago has shown me several things. This thread will pull together what I believe we can learn from it, and what conclusions we should draw from it.
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First: thanks to the journalists who picked up on this #FirstAntiSemiticExperience - they’ve helped spread the hashtag. However I am not sure they understood it’s implications fully, it seems they missed that these encounters with #antisemitism happened years, decades ago!
This is a record therefore of #FirstAntisemiticExperience from the 60s, 70s, 80s, 90s. My son teeeted one from about 2009. That may be the most recent one!!
Historic #antisemitism. But real nonetheless
So let’s examine what sorts of experience we had:
There is the ancient #FirstAntisemiticExperience of being informed, often by soneibevyou thought was your friend, that they can’t be friends any more (and often become your enemy) cos you killed Jesus. Classic #ChristianAntisemitism, no longer common in mainstream churches.
The #FirstAntisemiticExperience of the slur on Jews and money is depicted here mostly by the stingy Jew slur, throwing small denomination coins at Jews. This has connections to banking/Rothschild slurs. It is possibly less common today but who knows, clearly was a 70s thing.
There is Far Right violence against Jews, kids getting set upon fir difference. This #FirstAntisemiticExperience is the most violent and immediately dangerous, evidently something we can all identify. Yet it is only one of many forms of #antisemitism. Don’t forget others…
Then there is the #JewsHavehorns thing. This #FirstAntisemiticExperience apparently more common in the USA than in the UK. It comes from mistranslation if Hebrew when Moses comes down from Mt Sinai, w “rays of light”. Ray קרן in Hebrew also = horn. Michaelangelo’s Moses! 7/15
#FirstAntisemiticExperience I would expect the Blood Libel to have petered out, but it still holds on, little St Hugh of Lincoln and St William of Norwich (neither *actually* canonised) were invented in the UK, and this lie made it over to Arab lands where it’s now common.
Then there’s the #FirstAntisemiticExperience using political lies - invented by the Tsarist police and documented in Hadassah Ben-Itto’s superb book “The Lie that Wouldn’t Die” about the Protocols of the Elders if Zion. This evil forgery is sold in many Muslim countries.
And the final #FirstAntisemiticExperience is that of #antiZionist #Antisemitism in many antisemites, like @JeremyCorbyn, hatred of Israel has replaced hatred of Jews. You’re up to 8 times more likely to be antisemitic if you’re antiZionist. This is a very Left wing problem.
What lessons can we take from #FirstAntisemiticExperience?

First: solidarity. I’ve seen most forms of the oldest hatred, so I encourage everyone to show #solidarity with all victims - remembering that it hurts many of us even decades later. Support them.
You’re not alone.
Second lesson from #FirstAntisemiticExperience: understand and learn where it comes from. Learn the history, inform yourself. @RachelRileyRR in her Channel Four interview said that she had learnt a lot. Good thing to do, if you want to end a/s. Jewish Literacy (Telushkin)
Third lesson from #FirstAntisemiticExperience: speak up. Learn the best response. Talk to your kids about it. Hold your head up high as aJew, be #ProudToBeJewish, #BeLouder - the antisemitism will always be there, if you make antisemites uncomfortable they won’t out selves.
Fourth #FirstAntisemiticExperience lesson 4, support @mishtal @GnasherJew @RachelRileyRR @TracyAnnO @TimesCorbyn and all the others who spend their time outing antisemitism. Follow them, retweet them and if they let you, donatevto support them. They do vital work. 14/15
I also ask *you* to support *me* In my work. I go out to teach children in local schools about Judaism, as part of the RE syllabus in the UK. Contact / donate to us at JCoB: jcob.org/contact-us.html, know we put your £ to v good effect - 1000s of kids meet a #Jew, a Rabbi!
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