Jewish People Are Sharing Their First Anti-Semitic Experiences on Twitter January 11, 2019

Jewish People Are Sharing Their First Anti-Semitic Experiences on Twitter

Jews have been tweeting about their experiences with anti-Semitism using the hashtag #FirstAntiSemiticExperience.

Their stories are harrowing:

Rabbi Zvi Solomons serves the Jewish Community of Berkshire, an Orthodox community in the English town of Reading, barely half an hour train ride west of London. Responding to an historic high of anti-Semitic incidents in the UK — as well as to the very public accusations of anti-Semitism in the British Labour party, particularly from leader Jeremy Corbyn — Solomons asked Jews to share their earliest memories of enduring slurs and violence.

The answers are both painfully varied and painfully overlapping: many report experiencing violence, discrimination from teachers, slurs from childhood friends, Holocaust denial, approval of the Holocaust and taunts by Evangelical Christians. Of the growing hundreds of responses, the preponderance are from British Jews (helped by the fact that Solomon is British, working at a British congregation) with American, Canadian, and other European Jews chiming in. A surprising number mention violence. Many come from younger Jews.

Here’s a small sample of tweets:

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