What began on Twitter as an attempt by anti-Semites to expose alleged Jewish privilege in America quickly became a platform where Jews could share their own stories of suffering and pain.
Contrary to the claim that Jews control the media, the banks and the governments of the world, Jews have often been the first to suffer, the first to be persecuted, the first to exiled, the first to be killed. That’s what Jewish privilege really looks like.
Writing for the Times of Israel on July 15, Stuart Winer explained that, “The Twitter hashtag ‘#JewishPrivilege’ has been used by anti-Semites and conspiracy theorists for years, but over the last few days has instead become a locus for personal accounts highlighting discrimination faced by Jews over the centuries and today.”
The tables were dramatically turned, as one Jew after another posted his or her experience with anti-Semitism. Yes, Jewish privilege meant that Jews have been privileged to suffer in nation after nation simply for being Jews.
It is true that Jews in America today are among the best educated and most prosperous members of our society. But that is hardly through some kind of privileged status.
Not only so, but financial prosperity and exalted social status have certainly not been the norm throughout Jewish history. Rather, Jewish privilege through history often looked more like Tevye and his family in Fiddler on the Roof: dirt poor, excluded from the best jobs, second-class citizens and having to flee for their lives because of the latest pogrom.
Jews, then, have been especially privileged to excel in the following categories:
- Jews have been exiled from more countries than any other people group. There’s not even a close second. Anti-Semites will tell you that this is because Jews are so evil. But of course!
- Jews have been hated longer than any other people, and many scholars have referred to anti-Semitism as the world’s longest hatred, dating back at least to the third century B.C. Today, more than 2,300 years later, it is just as vibrant and deadly as ever. What sustains a hatred for so long?
- Jews have been demonized by different groups from more different backgrounds than anyone else. This includes being demonized by both Christian leaders and Islamic leaders, white supremacists and Black supremacists, atheistic Communists and irreligious Nazis. That’s why anti-Semitic Black leader Louis Farrakhan could say in 2018, “I’m not an anti-Semite. I’m anti-termite.” And then, less than two weeks later, a white supremacist could slaughter Jews in a synagogue, shouting, “All Jews must die.” This is what Jewish privilege looks like.
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SOURCE: Charisma News