A Rise In Antisemitism by Lillee Jean

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When I was 5, my mom would tell me a story handed down, by all Jewish families, and one lesson. It’s simple.

Never tell people you’re Jewish, you’ll pass for being a shiksa.

I didn’t like this, one bit.

I was born of strong women, and, strong families. Those who fled the Ukraine, and Germany, and those who faced religious persecution.

In my head, I thought, “Why would I have to hide my origins? I’m Jewish, and Lutheran. I’m not told to hide my dad’s side, where they fled from France, and, they were Lutheran?”

To me at 5, it seemed like two stories one and the same, religion out of question. Just people who were brave, who would not CONFORM.

As time has gone on, it seemed less and less of importance to me, until 3 years ago, a cyberstalker began her crusade to destroy me.

Psychology of Anti-Semetic Behavior

To hate a group of people, just to hate seems to me like two things: A scapegoat for failure, and a sense of jealousy towards what one has, that you don’t. According to ADL:

Hostility toward Jews dates to ancient times, perhaps to the beginning of Jewish history. From the days of the Bible until the Roman Empire, Jews were criticized and sometimes punished for their efforts to remain a separate social and religious group — one that refused to adopt the values and the way of life of the non-Jewish societies in which it lived

Due to the fact Jewish people refused to conform, they were hated, feared, and persecuted. Even enslaved in Egypt, because,

“[the]…Pharaoh was still worried that his Israelite slaves would rise up against him.”

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New York director, filmmaker, model, CEO, and actress. You can find me on www.lilleejean.com or www.instagram.com/lilleejean

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Lillee Jean

Lillee Jean

New York director, filmmaker, model, CEO, and actress. You can find me on www.lilleejean.com or www.instagram.com/lilleejean

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