CIRCLING THE TRUTH ON HOW WE FEEL ABOUT ANTISEMITISM
The rise of open expressions of antisemitism in the world are making teenagers increasingly open targets for slurs and even physical attacks against that erupt from the demonizing of Jews and all things Jewish or Israel related. The first step to empowering them to face these challenges is having a conversation among themselves - understanding the facts, recognizing how they are susceptible to the pain and confusion it causes, and interested in understanding what they can do. This activity is designed to aid the discussions that should be taking place.
This activity is designed to help us open up the discussions that should be taking place, but may not be happening as we live our busy lives. We may feel nervous to speak openly, we may not want to be considered “paranoid” for calling out antisemitism when we see it, and we may not want to become the center of attention as a Jew for doing so. This activity will hopefully help us feel better, stronger, more confident and capable of standing up against hate and ignorance.
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Do we all recognize antisemitism as Jew-hatred, a unique form of the generic “racism” association that ignores its uniqueness?
Do we understand WHY it is unique?
Can we find a way to live in the current generations whose societies are becoming increasingly indifferent, condescending or demonizing toward who and what is a Jew, Zion, Israel?
Have you ever chosen silence in the face of an experience of antisemitism or other forms of racism?
Not everyone feels confident to be a public advocate - not for Israel, not for Jewish rights. How can we still use our voices and not be silent in the face of growing hatred?
How can being a Virtual Citizen of Israel contribute to fighting the growing wave of antisemitism?