Can We Talk About The Anti-Semitism Thing?
Because another shooting happened In a synagogue during prayer. This time in California.
Seriously, how come we’re not over hate crimes in 2019?
I’m not afraid to walk around Israel with a Kipa on my head. That’s who I am. I’m living in a somewhat religious lifestyle, keep Shabbat and eat only Kosher food.
But whenever I’m outside of Israel — I’m still afraid. There are people in this world who want to kill me based on what race or religion I belong to. So, instead of putting my Kipa on, I put on a hat.
Anti-semitism is so outdated. We don’t all have eagle shaped noses, hunched backs and find ourselves around shitloads of money. I’m dealing with lots of debt now.
The shooting happened in Poway, a city 20 miles north of San Diego. Fourteen shots were heard, and one woman — Lori Gilbert Kaye — was murdered by throwing herself in front of the Rabbi and taking a bullet that would end her life but save his. There is only one word to describe her: Hero. Three others were injured including a little girl, her uncle and the Rabbi.
The Rabbi, who got shot midsentence, continued his speech — bleeding — after the killer was dealt with.
This hate crime is horrifying. I’m thinking about my brother who lives in California with his family, and I’m terrified for them.
What could you possibly want to achieve by killing strangers? Revenge? On what?! What did they do to you?
I can’t understand it.
We don’t deserve to be judged by appearances. Judge us as human beings. Judge us as you would judge anyone else.
Someone should analyze some time what goes through the mind of someone who thinks shooting innocent people will make a difference in whatever distorted reality they are living in. No, you can’t kill all Muslims, Jews, gays, or whatever. If you can’t live in a world where people are different — find your own world. Preferably away from all of us.
Two years ago I visited San Francisco. I had a lot of fun seeing the sights. I got on a bus and heard two men talking about how there is so much hate in the middle east, and maybe a viable solution is to ground the entire area with everyone living in it and then new growth can happen. I was appalled beyond words. One of the men said, “so much tax money is being used to help these people instead of us. With all of that money maybe we would have less human shit and needles on our streets.” and the conversation went on. I stopped listening at some point because I knew my seething rage would hit the spot where I would intervene in their conversation — and that would have been a severe mistake.
I decided right then and there never to reveal that I speak Hebrew around people I don’t trust and to only walk with a hat around the streets of a foreign country.
I’m sorry, but I feel like we’re not there yet. We’re accepting, understanding, loving. But no, we didn’t completely rid ourselves from hate crimes.
Under my house, there is a supermarket. One of the cashiers is a nice Arab guy. Every time I’m meeting him at the cashier he is always smiling — to anyone. And, I — being the sucker for smiles that I am — smile back. I don’t even know his name, but I’m happy there are people in the world such as he. He shows love and friendliness to anyone he sees regardless of who they are. I even met him a few times in the road that leads to the store, and he shook my hand — not even knowing me — after I blessed him with a good morning.
I admire his relentless happiness.
I don’t have a solution for hate crimes. Humanity is chaotic. It’s part of our nature to shift and change and evolve. I hope one day soon people will be able to walk in any country and be who they really are — not who they pretend to be to blend in.
That change begins with you.
Oren Cohen is a Software Development Engineer, Gamer, Geek, and Writer. He is writing in all sorts of topics on Medium, though his passion lies with Fantasy and Video Games.