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6 Oct, 9 tweets, 2 min read
It’s time to talk about antisemitism against Orthodox Jews, particularly Haredi (traditionalist Orthodox) Jews. How Orthodox Jews are getting blamed for the rise in COVID in NY, and why that’s bad for all of us. It’s time to destigmatize: Thread. [1/9]
First: Orthodox, particularly Haredim (traditionalist Orthodox Jews), *are* a stigmatized population. They are subjected to regular antisemitic harassment and violence. Last year there were antisemitic assaults throughout Chanukkah. They culminated in armed killings. [2/9]
This didn’t come out of nowhere. One Haredi acquaintance of mine told me last year, “I’ve had it good compared to others, baruch hashem. Only spit on a couple times, shoved and threatened at the subway, at the beach. Called names, sure. Nothing really.” [3/9]
I want you to think about what it means for him, a Haredi Jew, to feel that being spat on, shoved, and threatened is “nothing really.” How commonplace it must be for Haredim to be threatened, demeaned, or attacked. How awful that is, and how resilient he & they must be. [4/9]
*Most* of us don’t feel safe on the streets. Women, queer people, Muslims, immigrants, BIPOC, all get regularly harassed/attacked. Our best protection is solidarity: neighbors looking out for one another. Haredim deserve that protection, too (and owe it to their neighbors).[5/9]
The problem is, antisemitism teaches us to see Haredi Jews as the perpetrator, not the victim. It dehumanizes Jews and says that if you’ve got a problem, the Jews are to blame. And no one is more easily identified as Jewish than Haredim. [6/9]
Haredi Jews are easily identified & dehumanized because they do not consistently conform to dominant-society culture. @BenLorber8 relates anti-Haredi antisemitism to anti-Asian xenophobia or Islamophobia: portrayed as a faceless, invading collective. [7/9]…
Health justice (ACT UP etc) teaches us to move beyond the perpetrator/victim binary, to one of destigmatization & responsibility. Haredi Jews (like many others) must take responsibility for masking & distancing, & gvt must offer culturally competent test & tracing. [8/9]
At the same time, we are all responsible for protecting Haredi Jews against antisemitic scapegoating. For their sake, and for all of ours. Because when all the attention is on a handful of Jews, the machinery really responsible for the tragic mess we’re in gets a free pass [9/9]

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7 Oct
Followup thread: I’ve been talking to epidemiologists & health justice activists. Here are some tips to destigmatize Orthodox Jews, particularly Haredi (traditionalist Orthodox) Jews, & to address the greater COVID surge in NY, which includes some Haredi neighborhoods: [1/8]
1) Pay attention to unsexy risk factors like dense housing--Haredi Jews have similar lower-income & family size profiles to many COVID-vulnerable PoC NYC immigrant families & so need similar whole-family, community-partnered rapid testing like was piloted in Sunset Park. [2/8]
2) Religious extremism might not be the lede. Political context: Half the country is dangerously not masking. Only *some* of the BK clusters are heavily Orthodox--but *all* are heavily pro-Trump. As explained in this editorial by @lienazagare. [3/8]…
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24 Jun
We Jews often wonder about antisemitism in liberation movements. Is it really there? What happens when it shows up? What do we do about it? It’s actually pretty simple. Of course it’s there (it shows up everywhere, Right, Left, and Center). & Here's what we do about it: [1/10]
When antisemitism shows up in our liberation movements, 1) We invest in long-term, mutually accountable relationships; 2) We call in, not out; and 3) We lift up the voices of Jews of color. [2/10]
Antisemitism is a violent, dehumanizing conspiracy theory that blames Jews for all our problems. Even worse? Every one of us has been socialized into some aspect of this ideology. It’s like racism or sexism in this respect: It shows up everywhere. [3/10]
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