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February 2, 2009

Anti-Semitism in the slip stream of the Gaza conflict

Filed under: human rights,race relations — Nayano @ 10:45 am

I am deeply concerned about the anti-Semitism that is growing in the slip stream of the Gaza conflict. (Two examples from today’s news Anti-Semitism rears head in Iceland, too Caracas synagogue attacked amid Israel spat.) I know that Israel has committed atrocities, and I also know that Hamas has too. But I think that a good deal of the outcry against Israel is fuelled by anti-Semitism hitching a ride on the bandwagon.

As well as reacting to what you have just read, pay some attention to the emotions that it has aroused in you (if any).

The trouble with prejudice and discrimination is that we often are not aware of our own prejudices, and if we are members of the accepted majority, are unlikely to understand the effects on those discriminated against.

A school teacher in Iowa, Jane Elliot, ran day-long experiences for her 3rd grade class after the assassination of Dr Martin Luther King,

“Suppose we divided the class into blue-eyed and brown-eyed people,” she said. “Suppose that for the rest of today the blue-eyed people became the inferior group. Then, on Monday, we could reverse it so that the brown-eyed children were inferior. Wouldn’t that give us a better understanding of what discrimination means?”

Jane’s lessons have spread across the world as a great tool for teaching the effects of stereotyping and prejudice.

But I didn’t know that we can watch a 14 year reunion of that class online

I highly recommend it – the comments from these perfectly ordinary Iowans are moving and grand.

(I also recommend it as a startling documentary of extremes in eye-glass fashions!)

Now read this, and if you are able to detect emotion in your reactions, please share in the ‘comments’.

In 1921, Albert Einstein presented a paper on his then-infant Theory of Relativity at the Sorbonne, the prestigious French university.

“If I am proved correct,” he said, “the Germans will call me a German, the Swiss will call me a Swiss citizen, and the French will call me a great scientist. If relativity is proved wrong, the French will call me a Swiss, the Swiss will call me a German, and the Germans will call me a Jew.


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