Jews are not an angelic people where the all the true ones have taken our experiences in being oppressed and murdered and expelled and persecuted and used it hone perfect politics and fights for justice. The Jews who ethnically cleanse villages and send airstrikes at civilian populations are true Jews as well because Jews are not just adherents of a religion but members of an ethnic group for whom Jews are a people.
That means we have Jews who are murder Palestinians and Jews who stand up for them. Jews who shut up and Jews who speak up. Jews who are beaten up in pogroms in France and Jews who lynch Palestinians in Jerusalem.
All equally Jewish, so none of that “bad Jews” and “true Jews” nonsense. What this means is that when you blame Israel, the “bad Jews,” the “oppressive Jews” for anti-semitism that takes place worldwide against diaspora Jews, all you’re doing is saying that when Jews are “bad,” it’s their own fault when “good” Jews, the powerless Jews, get targeted. What you’re really doing is telling all Jews to behave because when some of the ones with power use it to oppress others, it’s no one’s fault but our own when we’re collectively punished for it.
Meanwhile, the actual anti-Semites who feed off a prejudice that predated Israel and will outlast it are completely let off the hook. Who cares if they’re calling for Jews to be gassed and targeting them in the streets - it’s not their fault! It’s Israel’s!
With this logic, you shouldn’t blame all the Islamophobes and racists out there who target Muslims and Sikhs and Arabs in the United States because they look at them and only see terrorists. It’s Saudi Arabia’s fault, not theirs now!
You see, there will always be Jews who don’t live ethically. Who abuse power and do wrong in the name of Jews everywhere. They will always exist because people like that exist among all peoples. So what you’re saying, when you blame Israel for anti-Semitism, is that no actual anti-Semites are at fault because there are bad Jews out there.
When someone works for less pay than she can live on — when, for example, she goes hungry so that you can eat more cheaply and conveniently — then she has made a great sacrifice for you, she has made you a gift of some part of her abilities, her health, and her life. The ‘working poor,’ as they are approvingly termed, are in fact the major philanthropists of our society. They neglect their own children so that the children of others will be cared for; they live in substandard housing so that other homes will be shiny and perfect; they endure privation so that inflation will be low and stock prices high. To be a member of the working poor is to be an anonymous donor, a nameless benefactor, to everyone else.
The first immigrants to Europe arrived thousands of years ago from central Asia. Most pre-contact Europeans lived together in small villages. Because the continent was very crowded, their lives were ruled by strict hierarchies within the family and outside it to control resources. Europe was highly multi-ethnic, and most tribes were ruled by hereditary leaders who commanded the majority “commoners.” These groups were engaged in near constant warfare.
Pre-contact Europeans wore clothing made of natural materials such as animal skin and plant and animal-based textiles. Women wore long dresses and covered their hair, and men wore tunics and leggings. Both men and women liked to wear jewelry made from precious stones and metals as a sign of status. Before contact, Europeans had very poor diets. Most people were farmers and grew wheat and vegetables and raised cows and sheep to eat. They rarely washed themselves, and had many diseases because they often let their animals live with them.
Religion infused every part of Europeans’ lives. Europeans believed in one supreme deity, a father figure, who they believed was made of three parts, and they particularly worshiped the deity’s son. They claimed that their god had given humans domination over the earth. They built elaborate temples to him and performed ceremonies in which they ate crackers and drank wine and believed it was the body and blood of their god, who would provide them with entrance into a wondrous afterlife called heaven when they died. Many wars were fought over disagreements about the details of this religion, each group believing their interpretation was the right one that should be spread across the land.
never trust the academic language of a colonialist empire
Trust me, I’m a genius — Artemis Fowl ‘Everyone is Ladies’ AU
Isabelle Fuhrman as Artemis Fowl
Dichen Lachman as Kikimora Butler
Adepero Oduye as Holly Short
Ksenia Solo as Juliet Butler
Chandra Wilson as Foaly
Viola Davis as Commander Julia Root
Jena Malone as Opal Koboi
Alex Borstein as Mulch Diggums
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What I remember most about emotional abuse is that it’s like being put in a box. How you end up in there is the biggest trick – I never managed to work that one out. Maybe you think it’s a treasure box at first: you’re in there because you’re special. Soon the box starts to shrink. Every time you touch the edges there is an “argument”. So you try to make yourself fit. You curl up, become smaller, quieter, remove the excessive, offensive parts of your personality – you begin to notice lots of these. You eliminate people and interests, change your behaviour. But still the box gets smaller. You think it’s your fault. The terrible, unforgivable too-muchness of you is to blame. You don’t realise that the box is shrinking, or who is making it smaller. You don’t yet understand that you will never, ever be tiny enough to fit, or silent enough to avoid a row