Subtle Signs of Anti-Semitism

 

Jewish people have rarely ever been accepted in global society on the same footing as the general populace. No matter which country we examine in this regard, we find that each has had a remarkable history replete with anti-Semitism. Despite great strides made by the Jewish people in breaking down these prejudicial barriers and in championing the causes of human rights, a pernicious strain of anti-Semitism still prevails on a global level.

 

There was a brief period when Israel’s strength gained it the respect it deserved and anti-Semitism was practically non-existent. I say we should return to those times with a hard-line approach to our enemies and to those who would wish to do us harm. The increasing rate of anti-Semitic incidences worldwide and the uptick of Islamic violence facilitates the need for a change in how we handle ourselves under such attacks.

 

I, for one, am alarmed at the open and blatant anti-Semitism displayed by the world bodies who are supposedly the arbiters in standards of human rights, when the opposite is true and they, instead, support oppressive regimes of chauvinistic societies. The United Nations will allow a seat on the panel of security committees to countries who won’t allow a woman to leave the house unaccompanied without a male relative to chaperone their movements, yet will issue the heaviest one-sided deluge of resolutions against the only democratic Middle Eastern state, where all women can drive and vote, but that the only exception is: they’re Jewish.

 

The only reason Israel is being castigated, and is being lied about, and denigrated, and attacked, and penalized, is because we are Jewish. One tiny state, equivalent in size to the supposed landmass of New Jersey, or perhaps Connecticut, and the only state of its kind for its people — the Jews — is in Israel.

 

It’s not like the Arabs, who have about 22 or so countries of their own. It’s not like the greater religious sphere of Muslim countries, with their 57 or so countries. Nor like the Latino-Hispanic communities, with the continent of South America entirely theirs, as well as Central America, Mexico, and Spain, which falls inside Europe. Nor is it like the continent of Africa, in the domain of Black people, with the exception of it’s northern Hemisphere, which is given over to Muslim civilizations (although Africa is quickly succumbing to the Muslim march of conquest across its lands), in addition to Jamaica and many of the beautiful islands dotting the world’s warm-water blue seas. None of you are minorities on the world stage.

 

Japan might be small, and modern, with many foreigners either living or making their homes there, but those same are not allowed to take over and dominate that country, as if it was their own. Why is Israel expected to allow this to happen, then?

 

I have experienced a number of anti-Semitic incidences in my workplaces. I’ve previously told you of the “Passion of the Christ” incident, where two co-workers were discussing the movie, and then suddenly had to whisper in front of me as she equivocated the Jews to Satan, or whatever she felt the need to hide from the Jew before her. I also told you about how I eventually had to stand on a chair in the breakroom to address the ongoing issues and incidences there in relation to anti-Semitism to my fellow workers.

 

I had to sit there and listen to a co-worker talk about how her husband doesn’t believe in any of the Biblical miracle stories. I felt like her statements were still issuing from her, and I felt like my whole being and religion and history were just being negated. Later in life, I’m realizing this may just be an honest expression of someone’s beliefs and opinions, which they’re entitled to hold, and it may not qualify as anti-Semitism in the workplace, per se, but I can tell you I still didn’t feel good about it, and it still affected me, regardless.

 

I became homeless and had to leave that job where the woman was talking about that Mel Gibson movie (a non-repentant anti-Semite I can no longer stand, because of that) for a place in Orlando with my college friend (I still had to pay her good rent money!!!) and was rejected for a job at The Holy Land Experience because I was Jewish and don’t believe in J.C. I had to double-check my hearing and was re-affirmed I had heard correctly. Yep — they can’t hire me because I’m Jewish (and don’t believe in J.C.). Well! Put a sign in the parking lot that you’re a mission, then, and don’t pretend to be an amusement park. Oh, I see… It’s okay to accept awards for your amusement park, as an amusement park, though… But, just go ahead and drag out the excuse that you’re NOT an amusement park but a mission, so as to not have to employ the Jew. I cried there, and we still hugged.

 

There must’ve been three or four or more incidents of anti-Semitism at the last job I worked. I’d complimented the company manager where I’d worked at a different location to my new manager, and rather than see it as an overall compliment to the company, he took it as an affront to himself, although I’d not had sufficient time to evaluate his own performance. He said, “So, what am I? Chopped liver?” A known Jewish-type of retort, which came across as a slur, to me. He’s Cuban. Then, once, he said something to the guy in front of me about “hanging a cross on it”. One of my colleagues at that place started talking about a “cheap Jew”, and I had to halt him right there. Another time, another colleague there also started a whole nasty diatribe about Jews. I told my manager, who took him aside. Five minutes later, the man was sent on an assignment, and I waited all day for nothing. It was a daily labor pool. In fact, I hardly ever was sent out after complimenting that other manager. Another guy who used to come in late would sit there with me for most of the day. One time, he showed me something to make me laugh, which angered the manager. He told one of the office workers to write the guy up. He then said to do it for me, too, and to make up anything and everything she could think of to put in there. I heard it (even though my hearing’s not the best)! He couldn’t even give me the courtesy of knowing my name, but just said to the underling the beginning of my last name, with a -” whatever” about the last part of it, which gives it that particularly Jewish resonance (whether it be -stein, or -berg, or -man, etc.).

 

The media have a field day twisting stories to fit their agenda of Israel being the bad guy. For  instance, a headline will read that a Palestinian was killed by Israeli soldiers, but will neglect to mention that the Palestinian had just stabbed several people, or ran them over, or set off bombs, or whatever. There are entire organizations that Jewish people have had to create in order to try to counteract these false accusations.

 

Editing and manipulation have a great impact on the story. In fact, my own responses in this WordPress forum have been deleted, where I might have responded nicely to someone, and where a response would seem to be indicated. For what purpose would you choose to make me look like a bit of a bad guy? That I may be, but I can hang myself with my own rope, thank you, without your handing me the noose. So, these are the indications given to me — it’s not like I’m making this up, or anything. (Person1).

 

And, why on earth would you delete whole comments (Person 2), which are entirely apropos to your post? Is it okay to bring a homeless person a sandwich and tout your righteousness, yet delete my own commentary dealing with my personal experiences with this issue, including having to live in a homeless shelter, and the fact that I may be homeless at the end of this month? Are you too good for that? Your appeasement of a response, coupled with the subsequent deletion of all my posts and your coming to my site to “like” everything in sight does not make up for your callous and heartless choice to not have it sully-up your site with the World Cup racing post (ahem). Would you humble yourself to a public apology?

 

I know who has done these things to me, and I’ve acted like nothing was amiss. I’ve done you the favors of saving face, but not now. I am letting you know that I don’t appreciate it. And it’s time you know that I know. And it’s time I said so and stuck up for myself.

 

“If I am not for myself, who will be for me? If I am not for others, what am I? And if not now, when?”

Rabbi Hillel. BrainyQuote.com, Xplore Inc, 2016. http://www.brainyquote.com/quotes/quotes/r/rabbihille173085.html, accessed August 1, 2016.

 

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