So you know all this antisemitic shit coming out of the South African BDS movement? Yeah, I actually grew up with that as the background radiation of my life. Threats of, and even outright attempts of, bombings against Jewish schools and synagogues were just the norm for me growing up. My school literally had a “bomb threat drill”. Tire slashing outside Jewish events? An expected hazard of participating in them. I was afraid to wear a magen david necklace or my school uniform in public. I was called “Christ killer” by white and non-white Christians alike. I was treated to antisemitic conspiracy theories from white and non-white Christians and Muslims.
So yeah, I had white-passing privilege, but it was completely contingent on passing. The moment I ceased to pass, I was in very real danger of being harmed for my ethnicity. There’s a reason why South African Jews are so insular, and often employed within their own community.
I am so fucking tired of American Jews thinking they have the right to speak about the experiences of all Jews in the diaspora, or even in the United States. It’s not okay.