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I don’t recall my #FirstAntisemiticExperience but I do recall my #LatestAntisemiticExperience. It was yesterday.
“But you don’t look Jewish.”
“Do you normally wear a black coat and hat?”
“You must come from a big family as Jews have lots of children.”
“I’m guessing you’re rich”
“So your parents are rich right?”
“So you were born in Israel yes?”
“Jews have all the best quality food because you only ever buy the best of anything. And you can afford it too.”
“But you really don’t look Jewish”
“You’re Jewish! That’s why you’re so funny!”
“Why aren’t you a banker?”
“Can you tell if this is a real diamond?”
“You’re not fully Jewish. You can’t be. I mean you’re so ‘normal’ and you’re generous too.”

All of this was in a conversation with someone I’ve known for 5 years.
Antisemitism can often be excused as ignorance or stupidity but it isn’t. As I sat there yesterday trying patiently to correct their assumptions each comment struck a blow and it reminded me of Shylock saying “If you prick us do we not bleed?”
Well yes we do.
But it also reminded me of the great speech @PantiBliss gave about having to check ourselves.
It’s only recently dawned on me that I check myself often, as a gay man I do take in my surroundings and assess if it’s safe. It’s done so often it’s a subconscious thing now hardwired
into my every day. It is my normal.
I’ve just realised that I also do it about my Judaism too.
I don’t hide that. I don’t actively check it in but I’m so aware that there are topics of conversation I will not engage with for fear of the response.
Yesterday I sat there and although I challenged some of the comments made I stayed away from saying that the comments were antisemitic. I didn’t want to cause a scene.
I checked myself.

For those who’ve not heard of @PantiBliss watch this speech.

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