what jews look like

oops i have more anger

i was scrolling through @periegesisvoid’s posts filtering for posts with the word “jew” in them looking to see if they were really converting. i didn’t find anything but honestly i don’t want to know, because i’d like to assume that one (1) thing is still pure. but anyway.

periejfgeuifhiisvoid has reblogged a lot of posts about antisemitism. this isn’t surprising, as antisemites like to cover their tracks in the sense that they’ll agree with the Good Jews and show their true colors to the Bad Jews. that was aggravating enough. but what was more annoying was that they felt the need to leave comments on these posts. here are some examples. 

this is a post made by jews for non-jews to reblog as a source of information and to even check their own antisemitism. so why did perigoy feel the need to leave this unnecessary comment? there’s nothing antisemitic about it (although of course the fact that an antisemite is leaving it makes my blood boil) but it’s just… annoying? why would you come onto a Jew Post to make a Jew Joke while not being A Jew and having a track record of Not Caring About Jews? stay in your lane honey

this post is honest to god a jewish joke. i have literally no idea why they felt the need to reblog it. staying in your lane costs zero dollars and zero cents. 

and here’s another post in that tag, where periegoyseisvoid is right back to antisemitism and calling us Bad Aphobic Jews Who Couldn’t Possibly Know What Nazi Symbols Look Like As Well As I, A White Goy Who Writes Tentacle Porn. as you can see, their “caring about jews” facade is very performative and holds literally no validity or action. 

it infuriates me that inclusionists as a whole suck so fucking much that they would allow this antisemitic garbage to maintain popularity in their circles. and it double infuriates me that the antisemitic garbage in question has tricked people into thinking they aren’t antisemitic garbage. 

non-jews are free to reblog this. but please don’t add unnecessary shit. 

Anti-Semitism and Islamophobia both exist. They don’t operate in the same way. You can’t fight Islamophobia with anti-semitism. You can’t fight anti-semitism with Islamophobia. You have to learn what they look like and fight BOTH. Jews have EVERY RIGHT to protest Holocaust Denial. Muslims have EVERY RIGHT to protest the depiction of the Prophet Muhammad. The fact that France has laws against Holocaust denial but not against depiction of the Prophet Muhammad is evidence of the presence of Islamophobia, it is NOT evidence of an absence of anti-semitism. These two hatreds are not Zero Sum. To act like they are is to pit Jews and Muslims against each other. It is trying to fight one oppression by enforcing the other.

After the Tears.

Of course, people had seen the state of Christina. The waiter came to see her, and offered her a lemon napkin, exactly the same that they give you in East-Asiatic restaurants. The gesture brought real relief to Christina, and as the waiter had added a true smile and a wink, she, little by little, stopped crying.
As soon as she was going better, an old woman with a lot of jewellery came to see her, and wanted to speak to her.

“Young woman, I heard the discussion, and, I’m sorry to tell you that, but the man was right !! This is SIMPLY intolerable to let people like you blather their far-right shameless propaganda without firm reactions. I know you’re very young, girl, but do you know what happened to the Jews during the second world war ?”

This shit looked like a sketch, but unfortunately wasn’t. It had already been a little miracle to be able to stop crying and the burn all over the chest under Christina’s gorgeous pair of boobs, which she had for the dinner with Daniel, particularly highlighted with a magnificent low-cut dress. On this evening, she had been ready for anything, and hadn’t put panties, waiting for Daniel’s mastodon to do its manly work in her orifices after the restaurant.
All she wanted was to insult the old bling-bling wrinkled crow, but she thought she had to answer. She started with one single and short sentence :
“How many genocides has there been during WWII, polymath ?”

Basile Pesso, Barcelona, 12 April 2 017
Counting Crows, Round Here

@ Jumblr converts

What did the timeline look like for you between your initial thoughts about converting and actually starting the process? Did you do a lot of studying, incorporating practices into your life, and getting involved in the community before starting the process, or not until you’d officially begun? What made you realize A. that you really wanted to convert and B. that the time was right for you to begin conversion?

I know these journeys are super personal and individual to each person, but I’m interested in hearing your stories!

Hydra aren’t Nazis & Avengers isn’t racist

As an actual person of Romani/Jewish extraction…ffs, while I appreciate the problems with whitewashing characters, the Scarlet Witch and Quicksilver are not the two whose hill you want to die on.

They were raised by a cow-woman named Bova on Wudagore mountain and the Romani stuff was there just to pull in the “dark magic” stuff for Scarlet Witch, and the Magneto stuff was shoe-horned in when they were making him into a hero.

And as to getting a PoC to play the characters…no. I have no idea what some people seem to think a Romani person (or a Jew) looks like, but most of us look like whatever country’s host population looks like. There are plenty of blond haired, blue eyed Romani, and the fact that people don’t know that is more disheartening than making a couple of characters into generic Eastern European rather than go through the headache of bovine midwives and licensing headaches.

Romani aren’t some sort of weird Other that doesn’t look or talk like you. Most Romani would pass for generic white or…well, “generic eastern European”, and whatever image people have in their heads of my people are about a 100x more offensive than Elizabeth Olsen playing either a Romani or a person of generic Eastern European heritage.

And…god, both sides of my family suffered horrifically at the hands of Nazis. HYDRA are not Nazis. They worked with the Nazis because they’re a fascist cult. Red Skull is a Nazi. Hydra has had heads and splinter groups all over the globe encompassing all sorts of backgrounds, many of which comprised of members of the untermensch races that Hitler hated. 

In Marvel comics they have long gone out of their way to make it clear that HYDRA =/= Nazi, only that some members of Hydra worked for the Nazis, and Hydra itself goes back centuries and spans the globe.

I’ve love to see a Romani superhero…but, to be honest, he’d just look like me, and I just look like a guy you’d pass on the street. One of the benefits or being my flavour of Romani and Jew in America is that I don’t stand out, I’m just another generic white guy, but I actually grew up in an area that had Neo-Nazis who would have gladly murdered me if they knew what I was.

Please, I can understand and appreciate that some of you are trying to be helpful, but as a person who actually belongs to both ethnic groups you’re championing…stop, because you’re wrong about Hydra (because I’ve read Marvel since I was a boy, and they really are NOT Nazis), and please stop assuming that Romani are some weird ethnic other.

And, btw, Romani are NOT the same as Irish Travellers, which are often the focus of TV shows like “My G**** Wedding” and such. 

Oh, and as to the G-word, I bear no ill will to Elizabeth Olsen for using it and being corrected because she STOPPED using it. It’s hard for Americans and even some other people across the world to realize it’s considered a slur when TV shows use it as their titles.

sorry, it’s just that we can’t get positive jewidh characters played by jews–and in children’s media, where it really counts, they won’t even flat out say “yeah! this character is jewish!”. these characters just exist in some sort of limbo so goyim can project christianity on them.

but who does a major children’s franchise choose to cast its jewish talent as? a treacherous goblin. these franchises never let actresses that look like jenny slate be jews. what are jewish children supposed to think? 

anonymous asked:

Hello there! Could you explain why the Zionists bombed the King David Hotel in 1946, as well as killing Swedish diplomat Count Folke Bernadotte (who rescued 31,000 people from Nazi concentration camps, BY THE WAY) in 1948 for the horrendous claim of (gasp) asking Israel to give the Palestinian refugees the right of return? Are these acts justifiable in your eyes? I mean; we already know you think ethnic cleansing and stealing land is, but are these?

Jewish terrorists bombed the hotel because they wanted to kill a lot of their enemies (the British occupation government) and spread lots of fear and shock very quickly. That’s what all terrorists do; this is what it looks like when Jews do it. I’m sure just down the road there was a guy smacking his wife and in this particular case it was a Jew doing it, and in the next town over there was a pickpocket who was Jewish too. In all cases, such Jewish crimes could have surely been prevented by the method preferred by the Palestinian Arab leadership and by you, which was to exterminate the Jewish people off the face of the earth.

Fuck your “what about black-on-black crime?!?” bullshit. Jews are allowed to live; that means some of us will end up doing bad things. You are not entitled to demand virtue from us as the price for our lives. We are not YOUR Chosen People.

As Ze'ev Jabotinsky wrote in 1911: “We do not have to apologize for anything. We are a people as all other peoples; we do not have any intentions to be better than the rest. As one of the first conditions for equality we demand the right to have our own villains, exactly as other people have them. We do not have to account to anybody, we are not to sit for anybody’s examination and nobody is old enough to call on us to answer. We came before them and will leave after them. We are what we are, we are good for ourselves, we will not change, nor do we want to.”

And speaking of how much you fully believe Jews must only ever be treated as the worthless serfs groveling to Christian and Muslim master classes: Bernadotte wasn’t killed because of ANY amount of Palestinian refugees. He was killed (by terrorists) because he was trying to permanently end Jewish immigration to Israel.

Though he did, in his defense, have at least one idea worth listening to:


“The Palestinian Arabs had at present no will of their own. Neither have they ever developed any specifically Palestinian nationalism. The demand for a separate Arab state in Palestine is consequently relatively weak. It would seem as though in existing circumstances most of the Palestinian Arabs would be quite content to be incorporated in Transjordan.”

tl;dr: I regret ever bringing my Judaism online, because I’ve lost my safest space and I don’t know if I’ll ever get it back. This is long, but *shrug* I found it helpful to spell out.

The Internet was the first place where I came out.

The first place where I shared my fiction.

The first place where I felt a part of something bigger than myself.

The first place where I felt activism could be meaningful.

The first place where I wanted to connect with other people.

The first place where I felt safe talking about mental illness.

The first place where I felt safe talking about survivorship.

The first place where I felt safe talking about Judaism.

I’ve started and stopped this post many times over the last six weeks. I wanted to write a “where do we go from here?” post after the Kate Breslin and Nazi Romance issue in August.

But that dragged on, and then there was the concentration camp diet suggested, and then there was Gawker, and then there was a diversity advocate in the YA community last night who flat-out said the only reason that his problematic comments on Judaism/Jewish people were getting attention was “Things that trigger Western ppl are attcked. Things offensive to non-W are not as much.” I’m not linking because he gave a public, heartfelt apology and genuinely listened. He does not deserve to be attacked.

Here’s the rub: it’s a constant build-up of microaggressions and microassaults. It is having to say, “Please do not tweet the Nazi flag into my timeline” when you’re pretty sure that should be a given. It is having to say, “Please stop emailing stories about your Good German Relatives.” It is having to say, “No, I do not want to watch your documentary on whether or not gas chambers were actually used.”

Every. Single. Week. after a lifetime of hearing, “But you don’t look Jewish!” and “At least you’d have survived the Holocaust!” and “yeah, I guess your nose is kind of Jewish.” “Are you cheap because you’re Jewish?” “Your parents only did that because you’re Jewish.” “Well, you’re only half Jewish so I guess it’s okay.” “Wow, your mom must really feel like she failed you if she’s Christian and you guys all grew up to be Jewish.” “You’re not Jewish because your mom isn’t Jewish.” “Oh Jews are okay with queer people?” “Wow, are you scared to fly into Germany?” “Do you like killing Palestinian children?” “Wow you must hate Arabs.” “I bet you laughed when we invaded Iraq.” “Why are you against the war? Don’t you Jews all hate Arabs?” “Why don’t you live in Israel?” “At least you know a lot of lawyers if you get in trouble.” “You’re such a JAP.” “You’re going to be a good Jewish mother because you’re so pushy.” “So you like effeminate guys then?” “You Jews control the media. Just call up your friends.” “Why did your people let the stock market crash?” “Why did you guys kill Jesus?” “Do you talk about killing Jesus at Passover?” “You’re trying to Jew me down.”

It’s traveling in Europe and telling your classmates that they can’t tell anyone you are Jewish. It’s one of them forgetting and shouting about your Judaism in a restaurant in Croatia. It’s the entire restaurant going quiet. It’s you wondering if you will be safe to walk to the bathroom right then. It’s you wondering if you’re safe to travel to a certain country in Europe. It’s you wondering if it’s safe to go to a Kosher market. It’s you walking past police to get into your place of worship. It’s the swastika on your locker. It’s it’s it’s

It’s the bus driver asking you where your horns are.

It’s a tour guide looking at you and saying “Well, we don’t really have a problem with Jews now,” when you’re standing in a genocide site.

It’s someone you consider a friend sending you a link because ‘there’s a debate about whether gas chambers were actually used.’ And his shock when you are horrified.

It is someone capitalizing off the deaths of your relatives, and reveling in it as they publish and refuse to change the racial slur in the first line of their book.

It’s running a diversity campaign and refusing to talk about, support, RT, or address Jewish issues.

It’s running a diversity campaign and failing to protect a dedicated chat space. So much that the contributors go into another, locked and private space, to have the chat and then to post the results when completed.

It’s running a diversity campaign, and then using racially charged language against people in your community.

I try to live my life without regrets. I don’t like them. They sit wrong with me. As a result, yes, I am not a risktaker. I play it safe. And I regret that too. It’s a vicious cycle. I can tell you this:

I have no regret in 2015 bigger than my decision to bring my Judaism into the public sphere. That is, Twitter, Tumblr, and my online spaces.

In doing so, I have destroyed in six months what took me sixteen years to build: a safe place where I can be my most genuine self. Because the constant barrage of anti-Semitism aimed at me, inside my communities, or brought to my attention (intentionally or unintentionally, and I say this without judgment to those involved) is unbearable. It has made me dread every notification, every mention, every email, every vibration and light of my phone.

I am lucky. In general, I can ‘hide’ my Jewishness in public. With blonde hair and blue eyes, I am not your average American’s racial (racist?) stereotype of what a Jew looks like. If I mention it, there’s inevitably, without fail, a microaggression that follows. I know I am lucky to pass. I know I am lucky that the online spaces are where I feel most at risk for my Jewishness.

I do not pass as a non-disabled person, a non-mentally ill person, or a heterosexual person. In the real world, I do not pass for these things, and for these, I fear for my safety, my job, and my privacy. The online world accepts these, but not my Judaism. Or at least, not me being loud about my Judaism. It’s fine if you aren’t loud. It’s fine if you’re not mentally ill, as long as you’re normal at a party. It’s fine if you are queer, as long as you don’t hold hands with your girlfriend in public. It’s fine if

If you do not hold up a mirror to our own faults.

If you don’t make me look at me.

I’ve had more kind comments than cruel ones, it’s true. More people saying I’ve opened their eyes to issues of anti-Semitism in the United States than people who have emailed me Holocaust denial, Holocaust jokes, tweeted swastikas at me, etc. But the cruel ones, the offensive ones, the hate…it sticks to your mind. It bends your back. It sinks into your bones. It exhausts you. It drains you. It destroys.

I don’t know how to make my online spaces safe again. I don’t know how to rebuild what I once had. I don’t know how to ignore things, now that I’ve spoken out about them. What I once emailed a friend about so we could rant in private, I’ve now spoken publicly about. And it now feels like a responsibility, for those who can’t. Both those living, and those killed in the genocide that is being used daily to manipulate, coerce, twist, and generate money.

I’ve thought a lot about how to be better at allying. Ally as a verb, not as a noun. I think and I hope I’ve gotten better at listening and following other discussions and signal boosting. I’ve put my money where my mouth is. I am trying to do better, for my own part. Possibly out of guilt, and maybe that’s not the best reason, but also because I want to do better. I was lucky: for years online, I just hid my Jewishness. And it was possible to hide my Jewishness with my last name and my appearance. But many others can’t do that. And their last ten years online are my last six months. How some of you have survived, I don’t know.

Every time I think my community and world will settle down again, it doesn’t. It might not. Twitter is no longer a place where I find my people and dread strangers. It’s where I dread my own. Holocaust denial from strangers? Sure. Whatever. Delete, block, move on. I’m never going to engage with a Holocaust denier. That’s a fruitless exercise and I have better things to do with my time.

But when anti-Semitism—intentional or unintentional, it honestly doesn’t matter to me right now, even if that’s wrong—comes from friends or from diversity advocates within the literary community, that’s where my heart’s hurt. That’s where I find that I no longer want to be a part of this. I no longer find this something enjoyable. I no longer enjoy getting to know new people in the community.

Because I no longer trust that they’re not one of these writers who wants to spend their afternoon telling me about their Good German family. Or how they’d love to support me but because of Israel killing Palestinian children (“here’s a photo, for example”), they won’t. Or how it’s sad that someone can’t put a swastika on their house. Almost as sad as 11 million people murdered by Nazis.

I wish my “this is what happened in the Summer of Anti-Semitic Bullshit” walkaway post was “And here are the good things that came of it.” Good things? I made a few new friends. And I’m grateful for those friendships. I am! I feel like a negative Nellie.

But right now, my takeaway is: I wish I hadn’t written that blog post about Kate Breslin’s terrible book. I wish I hadn’t seen it, or heard of it, or read about it. I wish it had stayed an obscure hit amongst evangelical readers. I wish I hadn’t supported someone who a week later tweeted a Nazi flag and then said exactly what was said during the Nazi Romance drama: that Jewish issues only get attention because we’re a “Western” religion.

I’ve learned over the last six months in the literary community is:

1. It is more important to the community if you are kind, than if you are heard and respected.

2. Your experiences are ignored or invalid if they are not endorsed by an organization

3. People do not perceive or believe anti-semitism to be damaging, hurtful, or violent because it happens to a majority white or passing white people.

4. Invisible marginalized identities are considered less valid, less truthful, and less important than visible ones.

5. I sacrificed a safe space in order to defend myself against racial stereotypes and erasure. And there was no other way to do it.

Jewish issues don’t often get addressed in literature. There are few YA books about Judaism or Jewish characters that aren’t related to the Holocaust. Your Holocaust bestsellers are written by non-Jewish people and/or centered around non-Jewish characters. Number the Stars. The Boy in the Striped Pajamas. The Book Thief.

Don’t google. Name me a YA fiction bestseller about a Jewish character written by a Jewish author. Name me a YA fiction bestseller about a Jewish character written by anyone. Tell me you haven’t made a joke about a Jewish lawyer, Jewish doctor, Jewish nose.

Maybe I should have been nicer. Maybe I should have been kinder. Maybe I shouldn’t get angry when people use racial slurs against me and my people. Maybe I shouldn’t—

I have regrets.