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Discrimination against Jews and Muslims is on the rise yet again. I have always thought it rather ironic that almost throughout the world hatred against Jews and Muslims correlate even though too often these two groups hate each other these days.

Like it or not, Jews and Muslims need to confront hatred together...world wide.

I am Jewish. So I like to challenge people about just what it means to be Jewish. My wife (half Jewish half Polish) once said that we are Jewish because there are people out there who would kill us because we are Jewish. That really stuck with me. She is right.

But there is more. People CHOOSE to be Jewish and the diversity of what it means to be Jewish is far wider than most people realize. In fact sometimes those who choose to be Jewish have a hard time convincing mainstream Jews of their legitimacy, but increasingly what it means to be Jewish is more diverse than most people realize.

Below I show, through music, some of the diversity of Judaism because it is through our music and diversity that we can fight prejudice. And I should add that I hope my fellow Jews also oppose anti-Muslim trends because to a large degree we are all this together and anti-Semitism and anti-Islam tend to go together...logically or not we need to stick together.

What does it mean to be Jewish...?

We all usually see Fiddler on the Roof as our standard for what it means to be Jewish, or something like this from the movie "Train de vie":

This shows one side to the multi-faceted thing called Judaism.

We expect Jews to look and act certain ways..particularly musically. Here is a particularly amazing example of Jewish music as we expect it: (guess who the violist is?)

Below I show far different faces of Judaism...

One of the most amusing and amazing mainstream Jewish songs was best sung by Paul Robeson...in nearly perfect Yiddish:

Paul Robison thought that Judaism was worthwhile enough to sing a humorous song in Yiddish. But he took this one step further by singing a song dedicated to Jewish resistance against the Nazis in WW II. The song is Zog Nit Kein'mol...commonly called "The Partisan's Song" but it literally means "Never Say," meaning "Never say this is the final road for you." It was written by a Jewish inmate in the Vilna Ghetto when he heard about the Jewish uprising in Warsaw.

To quote from the description that accompanies that video:

This famous song was sung by Robeson as part of his legendary Moscow Concert of June 13, 1949.which Paul Robeson gave while on his tour in the Soviet Union, at the time under the Stalin oppressive dictatorship.

This song was sung by him as a tribute to the Jewish partisan fighters of the Ghetto. It was also a surprise that Robeson gave at the Concert. His son tells of the introduction of the song from his father's memoirs that: "... One could hear a pin drop during my father remarks about the deep and enduring cultural ties between the Jewish communities of the Soviet Union and the United States, about the common tradition of the great Jewish writer Sholem Aleichem, and about the continued vitality of the Yiddish language. Finally he announced that he would sing a song of the Jewish partisans who fought to the death against their Fascist oppressors in the Warsaw Ghetto. Since the song had to be sung in Yiddish, he would explain the lyrics in Russian, as follows:

'Never say that you have reached the very end
When leaden skies a bitter future may portend;
For sure the hour for which we yearn will not arrive
Arid our marching steps will thunder: we survive'.

For a moment there was no sound from the stunned audience; then a single intrepid young woman stood up and applauded, and the entire audience joined in a swelling wane of applause before my father could sing a single note. Only this response to my fathers remarks remains on the recording; Stalin's censors simply cut out his remarks, and they have disappeared..."

The Song of the Wamaw [sic] Ghetto Rebellion sung in Yiddish (Zog Nit Keynmol) - remains an a crowning jewel of this recording of the Concert. The combination of power and pathos with which my father delivered this song transfixed his listeners. When he finished, the audience released its accumulated tension like an explosive charge. Although his listeners included many of Moscows Jewish intellectual elite who were waiting for Stalins axe to fell on them, the great majority were Russian members of the Party elite which was being decimated by a purge. Jews and Russians alike, in some places seated side-by-side, were either walking in the shadow of death or had lost someone close...

After that first release, the ovation continued to swell and recede in a series of waves which ebbed and flowed. People stood, applauded and cried out; they called my father by his patronymic-Pavel Vasilevich; some who were total strangers fell info each others arms and wept; still others sat silently with tears streaming down their faces. The first part of the audiences response is captured on this recording, but the rest has been cut by the censors. Still, the sound of this cry of hope is unforgettable, and there is little doubt that it was heard by the Master himself.

THAT is Judaism...as seen through the eyes of Paul Robeson.

This is also Judaism:

And another group who CHOSE, against all odds (including Idi Amin's violence) to be Jewish:

And here is another diverse group of Jews singing an amazing song:

And one of my son's favorites:

Matisyahu - Youth from Jordan Rachev on Vimeo.

We are Jews. We are not simple. We are not uniform. We are diverse and dynamic. And we stand against intolerance not just against Jews but also against anyone. We are part of the civil rights movement, the union movement, the immigration movement, the peace movement. Superman was created by a Jewish immigrant. The words inscribed on the Statue of Liberty were written by a Jewish immigrant.

Antisemitism is on the rise. So is an anti-Islam sentiment. We stand against BOTH!

Originally posted to mole333 on Wed May 22, 2013 at 10:40 PM PDT.

Also republished by Barriers and Bridges and Elders of Zion.

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  •  cochin Jews of India (14+ / 0-)

    fact does not require fiction for balance (proudly a DFH)

    by mollyd on Wed May 22, 2013 at 11:08:16 PM PDT

  •  Falasha Jews (10+ / 0-)

    fact does not require fiction for balance (proudly a DFH)

    by mollyd on Wed May 22, 2013 at 11:11:24 PM PDT

  •  Chinese Jews (13+ / 0-)

    fact does not require fiction for balance (proudly a DFH)

    by mollyd on Wed May 22, 2013 at 11:15:12 PM PDT

  •  I remember (5+ / 0-)

    as a kid growing up with Jewish classmates who were fairly stereotypical in appearance (olive complexions, brown eyes and dark hair) and then visiting the home of one of my pale, blonde-haired classmates and being surprised by the two refrigerators in his kitchen. You'd think a guy like me who grew up in a multi-racial family would have known better. Maybe I just have a thicker than average skull.

    I'm a wee bit wiser now.

    Thanks for the Paul Robeson! I hadn't heard him sing that song about the Czar-- Certain words kept popping out at me. Hey, I know that one! Maybe that's another Germanic word that the Czechs adopted ... (Czech being my own adopted language). Made me want to dig out my one Robeson album. I don't even remember what's on it.

    Saving the elusive werelynx though swag.

    by Marko the Werelynx on Wed May 22, 2013 at 11:22:34 PM PDT

    •  Well... (7+ / 0-)

      Growing up I always felt my family was typical Jewish...red hair and all (not me except when my beard first grew in...but my grandmother was red haired).

      We were about as typical secular American Jews as you could get but even we showed some of the diversity of Judaism,

      FREEDOM ISN'T FREE: That's why we pay taxes. NYC's Progressive/Reform Blog

      by mole333 on Wed May 22, 2013 at 11:30:16 PM PDT

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    •  I was one of those blond blue-eyed Jews (4+ / 0-)

      as a child, although my hair turned brown later on, and is now turning gray. I was once picked out of a Hebrew class as an example of what the Nazis pretended was the Aryan type. We also talked about the blond blue-eyed Jews who joined the SS in Germany in order to be able to warn Jews when they were coming.

      It was all nonsense, of course. Nazis hated the Romany (Gypsies, Travelers) as much as the Jews, even though it was known that they are of northern Indian descent and speak an Indo-European/Aryan language.

      I missed out on Yiddish and Klezmer growing up, because my grandfather was determined to Americanize, and wouldn't have either in the house, so my father knew nothing about them. Then I learned better, and started to collect Klezmer music in Yiddish, and also songs in Ladino and Mizrahi music, mostly Hebrew songs to Arab melodies. I can particularly recommend the Mizrahi band Za'atar.

      Ceterem censeo, gerrymandra delenda est

      by Mokurai on Thu May 23, 2013 at 08:43:07 AM PDT

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      •  Cool ... (1+ / 0-)
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        Thanks, always glad to be introduced to good music. Listening to "Hokhma Bina" by Za'atar as I write this.

        Reminds me of days hopelessly gazing across the table into a pair of brown eyes in a Lebanese restaurant back when I was fresh out of high school ...

        Ack! Now that music player window has gone on to another song: Annie Fitzgerald "Another Sad Love Song" -- sheesh, the world is conspiring against me by dredging up nostalgia for unrequited loves. She even looks a tiny bit like ... no, now I'm just being silly.

        I like that MySpace Radio, what a great way to discover new music!

        Anyway, I think the Nazis just hated everyone with any vitality, passion or humor.

        Saving the elusive werelynx though swag.

        by Marko the Werelynx on Thu May 23, 2013 at 09:11:39 AM PDT

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    •  What does a Jew look like? Let me count the ways.. (1+ / 0-)
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      Back in the fifties, a friend who haled from Rock Island,Illinois explained to me that one could always tell who is a Jew because they have horns and yellow skin.

      My curiosity about this many years later led to the explanation that the horned business came from a misinterpretation of what the so called rays of light emanating from Moses head were.

  •  Jews look like me. (15+ / 0-)

    I'm a Christian, but I'm also an ethnic Central-European Jew on my dad's side.

    I don't care what you might say, I'm still a Jew.

    I resent that. I demand snark, and overly so -- Markos Moulitsas.

    by commonmass on Wed May 22, 2013 at 11:23:09 PM PDT

  •  I once read of a Jewish kingdom (2+ / 0-)
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    in Africa during the Middle ages . It was on a par with Christian and Muslim kingdoms that neighbored it until it was destroyed in 1627 and annexed to the Ethiopian Empire.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/...

    "Valerie, why am I getting all these emails calling me a classless boor?"

    by TLS66 on Wed May 22, 2013 at 11:24:22 PM PDT

  •  dna (2+ / 0-)
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    fact does not require fiction for balance (proudly a DFH)

    by mollyd on Wed May 22, 2013 at 11:31:06 PM PDT

  •  If you want to mesmer me, then klezmer me. (5+ / 0-)
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    I like it old skool.

    Yidl Mitn Fidl

    I work couple days a week at a Jewish restaurant where one of the most Jewish employees is a 6' tall Black 19-yr-old girl who is a champion state wrestler.

    We have a daily customer, Ralph, who is turning 100 in 3 weeks time.

    There's an employee who has done medical blockade running to help Palestinians, & a recent one who left to emigrate & join the IDF.

    there's an old saying, 2 Jews = 3 opinions.

    Or, as I say when I approach a table of diners-
    "Is anything okay?"

    My son is Jewish & he's a Mexican. There's also a Mexican women at the restaurant who is a Muslim.

    Only simple people have simple definitions. We're all mischlings of one type or another.

    It is a pleasure reading your diary Mole333.

    Tipped & rec'ced.

    The Americas greatest political dynasty...the Kaan

    by catilinus on Thu May 23, 2013 at 01:56:08 AM PDT

  •  Antisemitism is on the rise? (2+ / 0-)
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    Globally? In a particular country? I'm Jewish, and all my life I have heard that antisemitism is on the rise. It sure doesn't seem to be in the US. And the deeply ingrained antisemitism of Europe has clearly declined over the decades. Is this assertion based on hard data showing a higher percentage of antisemites exist today than 5 or 10 years ago?

    •  You're just lucky. /nt (0+ / 0-)

      And we sail and we sail and we never see land, just the rum in the bottle and a pipe in my hand...

      by Mortifyd on Thu May 23, 2013 at 04:20:21 AM PDT

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      •  Again, a statement but no evidence whatsoever. (2+ / 0-)
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        Yes, it exists, but what makes YOU so sure that there are more anti-semites today than in the past? You seem quite sure about it, so you must have some data you are relying on.

        •  Look, if you want to ignore the stats (1+ / 0-)
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          from the groups who monitor hate crimes then ignore them.  But they are out there and your insisting it doesn't happen doesn't change that.

          And we sail and we sail and we never see land, just the rum in the bottle and a pipe in my hand...

          by Mortifyd on Thu May 23, 2013 at 07:35:21 AM PDT

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          •  There has been a reduction in hate (2+ / 0-)
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            crimes against Jewish targets in both the US and Western Europe. As a Jew, why is it important for me to always see a rising threat if there really is not one? After 50 years of hearing continuously that "anti-semitism is on the rise" I'm realizing that those claims may be more cultural mythology than based on hard data. You should be skeptical as well.

            •  well, I've been targeted enough personally (0+ / 0-)

              that I don't think there is a drop at all. YMMV.

              And we sail and we sail and we never see land, just the rum in the bottle and a pipe in my hand...

              by Mortifyd on Thu May 23, 2013 at 08:10:08 AM PDT

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              •  Anything comparable to the (1+ / 0-)
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                Inquisition, pograms, passion plays, or holocaust? Are you aware of the number of schools, organizations and professions in the US that didn't admit Jews just 50 years ago? The trend is ridiculously clear.

                •  you really seem to *need* to win this. (1+ / 0-)
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                  It hasn't been pleasant - but living in the US in general and not in one of the communities specifically where the shuls and community centers have been shot at, defaced, or invaded by armed killers has made it a bit easier than a pogrom.  Doesn't mean it hasn't sucked or had the potential to turn violent - I just don't "victim" easily.

                  Those things DO happen here in the US, and casual antisemitic speech and rhetoric is on the rise.  To dismiss them is pretty shitty.  

                  And we sail and we sail and we never see land, just the rum in the bottle and a pipe in my hand...

                  by Mortifyd on Thu May 23, 2013 at 09:33:25 AM PDT

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                  •  You are not listening. (1+ / 0-)
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                    I am not saying anti-semitism does not exist and is not a problem. I dispute though that it is growing. You either have not been reading my comments carefully, or you are one of those people who believe that it is improper to not subscribe to the ever-growing anti-semitism meme. I've been hearing since I was a kid in Sunday school and at services that the scourge of anti-semitism keeps on getting worse, that our victimization as Jews just keeps getting more and more terrible. I think that is bullshit. My mother's entire family was killed by Hitler and I'm supposed to believe that things are worse today? At some point you have to be willing to say that while anti-semitism is a problem, that it is less of a problem for us than it was for our ancestors. And stop saying it is "shitty" for someone like me to state the obvious.

                    •  wow (0+ / 0-)

                      Fine, man - you need to win then you win.  Maybe you live in an area where it's not an issue.  Maybe you don't clearly identify as a Jew (ie kippah and tzitzit) so you don't "look" Jewish enough to get things thrown at you on the street, have your car keyed or just plain old get pushed physically around and called slurs. I'm SO fucking sorry I haven't been shot yet to demonstrate that antisemitism is alive and well for your edification, ok?  

                      And we sail and we sail and we never see land, just the rum in the bottle and a pipe in my hand...

                      by Mortifyd on Thu May 23, 2013 at 11:25:03 AM PDT

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    •  i'm seeing it on FB, for example. (1+ / 0-)
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      resurgence of how the Jews were responsible for the deaths of 70 million people during russian revolution... or how they controlled the banks in Germany and forced the war...

      in fact, I've been between people I've known blaming zionist jews or militant muslims.

      it is quite disheartening, I can tell you. people i've known posting vile stuff... when the real enemy, the real terrorists are those stoking these images to hide their own crimes (and i do mean CEOs, bankers, brokers, politicians).

      it's always easy to blame groups and especially fun to blame the victims. just look at rape for example... it's a mentality that is at once surprising and sickening and it is used to justify all manner of horrible acts.

      “Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do.” - Mark Twain

      by pfiore8 on Thu May 23, 2013 at 05:00:53 AM PDT

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      •  There's antisemitism. (2+ / 0-)
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        But I think people onfuse its existence with its growth. Theres always been antisemitism. Social media has produce an explosion of all messages, both positive and negative. He fact that there are Jew-hating tweets while 5years ago there were no tweets does not imply a rise in antisemitism.

    •  It unquestionably is on the rise in France... (0+ / 0-)

      in Hungary and the Scandinavian countries as well.

      When you triangulate everything, you can't even roll downhill...

      by PhilJD on Thu May 23, 2013 at 06:43:09 AM PDT

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      •  Well I can't argue with that data. (0+ / 0-)

        Really, is that all we've got, a general feeling that i is "unquestionably" rising. Sorry, I am questioning it.

        •  Links: (1+ / 0-)
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          Hungary.
          France.
          Scandinavia.
          Europe overall.

          This is today's reality. It isn't controversial at all.

          When you triangulate everything, you can't even roll downhill...

          by PhilJD on Thu May 23, 2013 at 07:03:35 AM PDT

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          •  Thanks for the response. (3+ / 0-)
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            The only article that didn't just claim a rise but showed backup was the one with the ADL poll, which I downloaded. They interviewed 500 people in each country, and note that in a couple (UK and Hungary) the answers showed a rise in anti-semitic attitudes by as much as 70%. Sounds scary, right? In England they found that 50 people seemed anti-semitic in 2009 vs 85 people today, a jump of 70%! but in the notes we see that the error in the surveys is about +/- 5%, or 25 out of 500. And the UK jump was the worst of all (most countries showed no change).

            You can decide for yourself if a result showing a rise in 3 countries out of 10, in a statistically insignificant way, between 2009 and 2012 is compelling (and the poll was commissioned by the ADL, who raises money from their donors by claiming anti-semitism is rising). I'm Jewish, so I want these claims to be wrong. Any skeptical thinking person should be dubious of endless claims that hatred of Jews keeps getting worse, when the trend over decades globally is clearly in the opposite direction.

    •  In US, not really. Elsewhere though it's (0+ / 0-)

      definitely the case. Original article did not refer to US specifically.

      •  The only country that looked like (1+ / 0-)
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        it was on the rise in is Hungary (where the poll numbers were outside the MoE). Even in that case though, one poll is not much to base a meme on. Anti-semitism has been so popular for so long in middle and eastern Europe that I think it is very hard to discern if it is growing or not. In Russia, and places like the Balkans, pretty much everybody dislikes Jews to one degree or another. It is almost pointless to argue that anti-semitism is "on the rise" in places like that. And in the West, it is decidedly shrinking. So I'm skeptical.

        •  In the West it's fairly low so it's hard to say (1+ / 0-)
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          what the trend is. Hungary got hit by the last recession quite badly and that always leads to increased xenophobia. It may be the case elsewhere in Central and Eastern Europe and possibly in Middle East (although it was pretty there bad to begin with). So yeah, it's hard to say what the global trend is.

  •  Faux political correctness? (1+ / 0-)
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    For a long time I have noticed that people like me, who are not Jews, avoid the word “Jew” and use the word “Jewish” instead, as if the former were a slur. Saying “Jewish person” seems a little silly to me, like saying “Christian person” or “Buddhist person.”  I know that Jews use the word “Jew,” but as we all know, members of a group are allowed more latitude in how they refer to themselves than is permitted to those outside that group, so that is not necessarily a safe guide to one’s speech.  I finally decided it was proper to use the word “Jew,” and have done so on several occasions.  But when I do, I come off sounding like a Nazi.

    So, this looks like a good place to get a variety of opinions, and hopefully a consensus, as to what form of speech is proper for outsiders.

  •  Seeing your headline, my first flippant thoughts (3+ / 0-)
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    went to South Park - 'They wear bright green deerstalker hats!', but that was immediately followed by the question 'Just why is it that Jewish people are constant favorites for hatred?' And immediately after that - 'pink monkeys'.

    I don't know who did the experiment, but there was famously someone who would paint/dye monkeys pink, then reintroduce them to their troops, and observe how they were ostracized or even attacked.

    It's always that very base level - 'they're different, and different is bad!'  People always start out at a base level of fear at the different, and many never really rise above it.  In stressful times, this is going to lead to more scapegoating.

    To be honest, I don't know that educating people about the diversity of Judaism does that much good among the people who are the most anti-semitic - it's not any given specific feature of individual Jews, it's the fact that you embrace something that is, and always will be different, just as do Muslims - something that they will always see as a 'choice', even though you (collective) were mostly born to it, just as they were born to Christianity.  It's like racism, except that you can 'pass' more easily, if you so choose.

    I also think 'isms' tend to run in packs.  The people most willing to scapegoat and assign the cause of their troubles to 'others' are willing to target based on multiple differences - blacks, Jews, Muslims, women, whatever.

    •  One benefit (0+ / 0-)

      One benefit is that it makes it harder for people to think they can "tell" who is Jewish, though honestly two groups are able to identify my wife and me on sight: anti-Semites in Latvia and Lubavitchers who want to do Mitzvah with me.

      But another benefit is going the opposite way. Many Jews have a narrow view of Judaism and can be as racist as anyone. They need some education as well.

      I guess a final aspect is kind of a personal fuck you to intolerance. Any celebration of diversity seems a positive thing.

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      by mole333 on Fri May 24, 2013 at 11:26:51 AM PDT

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  •  I just found out last week (6+ / 0-)

    that I may be Jewish via matrilinear descent. Apparently there's a good chance that my maternal grandmother was Jewish, which would make my mother (technically) Jewish, which would explain my liking for matzoh ball soup.

    Hige sceal þe heardra, heorte þe cenre, mod sceal þe mare, þe ure mægen lytlað

    by milkbone on Thu May 23, 2013 at 07:16:40 AM PDT

  •  Along the US-Mexico border, you will meet (1+ / 0-)
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    people who are traditionally Catholic but have Jewish surnames (I'm not just talking about the "crypto-Jews" of New Mexico), such as Caro, Cota, Zamora, Leva, Salas, de Leon, etc.  They're all over the place.  At one time, Sephardic Judaism was the dominant Jewish rite in Europe; though that's no longer the case, their descendants are still with us.

    •  Can't remember the exact number... (0+ / 0-)

      But a recent genetic analysis indicated that something like 20% of all current Spanish and Portuguese citizens are descended from Jews (obviously the converts who stuck with it). And it seems that a LOT of the early colonists from Spain were cryto- or sometimes not so cyrpto-Jews. So this is not surprising.

      FREEDOM ISN'T FREE: That's why we pay taxes. NYC's Progressive/Reform Blog

      by mole333 on Fri May 24, 2013 at 11:33:48 AM PDT

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  •  Way late to the party here (0+ / 0-)

    but had to weigh in: I am not even Jewish, actually--I was born with a quintessentially Jewish name (aren't all names that end in -berg Jewish?). Presumably, I did inherit some Jewish blood along with this name (long story about why I say that). So, I guess I am Jewish: according to the standards set by Adolf Hitler and the Nazis at any rate.

    Technically, by US definitions of legal categories, and by the standards set by my maternal ancestry (Ojibwe) as well as the standards set by Judaic faith (nope, no Jewish mother here!), I am American Indian, mixed race.

    And yet, what I have had to put up with at work (from a superior):

    "Look at you, everything about you just screams Jewish white privilege."

    "You have a Jewish nose."

    When I objected to my employer's refusal to reflect in its public references to me my name change, from the quintessentially Jewish -berg to another, the same superior who told me I had a "Jewish nose" said, 'What I said was that you have your father's characteristics."

    That's funny: I have never met my father. I don't even know what he looks like. What my employer was saying was 'you look like a Jew'.

    My boss continued, 'You must understand this: you were born -berg. It's about your family, your culture, your family called you -berg before they called you "Grumpe". You were born -berg and you will be -berg till the day  you die."

    Yep. A complaint filed with HR over anti-Semitism over a year ago was ignored. Entirely. Other complaints with other agencies are likely to similarly go nowhere, unless I can find a lawyer who will help me pursue the case on a contingency basis.

    Oh yeah, it's OK to hate, discriminate, berate a Jew. Any Jew. Even if it's just someone who is PRESUMED to be Jewish but isn't. In my place of employment, I have had every Jewish stereotype on the planet thrown in my face: rich Jew, smart Jew, bookish Jew, conniving/conspiratorial Jew. All based on a Jewish-sounding name, a pretty prestigious publications list, nice clothes (I suppose).

    Seems like it's the only form of ethnic/religious hate/discrimination that remains acceptable in this country, pervasive, and considered (by city, state and federal) officials  "no big deal."

    Can you imagine anyone telling an African American they have "negroid features" and this NOT becoming a federal case? I can't.

    I never realized the extent to which anti-Semitism is alive and well in this country until these things started happening to me at work.

    •  I love exploring the past... (0+ / 0-)

      By most standards (including those of Adolf Hitler and the Lubavitchers) I am as Jewish as they come. But I also have a German Lutheran and German Catholic lineage. I am a mutt and that is what makes me quintessentially American in the post-native way.

      You seem to have an even more amazingly broad spread of heritage. Native American (re-reading the book 1491 one realizes just how amazing that heritage is!) and Jewish? To me that is super cool. Be proud of the fact that you piss off so many racists!

      FREEDOM ISN'T FREE: That's why we pay taxes. NYC's Progressive/Reform Blog

      by mole333 on Wed May 29, 2013 at 09:23:40 PM PDT

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      •  heh. Here's my story and I'm sticking to it (1+ / 0-)
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        I'm a Native-American (Anishinabe)-German-Jewish-Female-African-Drummer, so don't fuck with me cause I've got genocide written aaaaaalll over my genealogy. ;-)

        Or how about this: "Hi, I'm Dr. D., from the University of Chicago, I'd be happy to come in and fuck up your universe if you'd just give me five minutes of your time!"

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