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We've been knee deep in acronyms and acrimony in the #LabourAntisemitism crisis lately. In amongst the political, there are ongoing human costs of AS. Lost friendships, a broken sense of belonging, fear and stress. It's been tough for our family and many others. /1
Since it began, Labour’s AS problems had been in my peripheral vision. My Jewish hubby kept an eye on it while I recovered from cancer treatment. I was diagnosed for a 2nd time in Aug 2017 so it wasn't until some months later that I felt the full impact. /2
‘Muralgate’ and the protest that followed triggered an explosion of hate in my circles. As my surgical scars healed, fresh ones were cut with each AS news story. I couldn’t stay silent and was called a Tory, baby-killer, liar. A few friends spoke but the majority were quiet. /3
I cried every day for 2 weeks. I lost friends. Still a heavy silence reigned. I wrote a long post with evidence, impacts, an appeal to ppl's love for us. I trembled while I waited for reactions. A third responded and I was deeply, pathetically grateful. /4
AS worsened. On the streets, on the news, online. We thought we had shielded our 10 yr old. She knows edited stories of her grandparents survival of the Holocaust. But one day she quietly asked me, “Are they coming to kill us?” I reassured her but my embattled heart broke. /5
We sensibly discussed an exit strategy if the Labour Party come to power. AS was rising and could worsen still. Our safety had been stolen. We listed place after place but there is nowhere completely secure. Not for Jewish ppl. We felt keenly the injustice at being chased out. /6
So we fought back. Online, offline, with our minds and our hearts. Happiness and comfort were stalled. Dreams and creativity put on hold. They still are. We still fight. /7
We lost so much but we also gained. We met the most brave, clever, resilient, empathetic, beautiful ppl in this struggle. They are a gift and a blessing. Our relationships with family and friends who did stand up for us have deepened beyond measure. /8
We lost a community and found another. Jewish and non-Jewish, connected by compassion. Where life fractured, it was mended with the most precious of glues. With courage and love and the deepest, truest solidarity. Grief for loss, gratitude for gain. There will be more of both. /9
I was really inspired to explain it this way by a beautiful conversation with new friends
@benmfreeman @1littleBIGMOUTH and @ManilanH
@benmfreeman @1littleBIGMOUTH @ManilanH And @jobellerina and many more brilliant types. xxx
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