I have read countless books about the Holocaust mostly stories of people who were swept up in a storm of hatred. Many survived to tell their tales while others did not. Sometimes after finishing a book with valiant individuals who endured horrific things, I wonder to myself “would I have survived”?
What I have been hyper-aware of during these last few days is the anger towards Jews that has been unleashed and essentially allowed. I read this yesterday (see below)from Sarah Dolgen Shafteland and my skin went cold. It is if an age-old beast has been woken. I am not even sure how we move forward from this. Our Senators and Congressmen should be asking for the removal of the President. We can not have a person running our country, the United States of America, a leader of the world, not condemning this type of hatred. There is no place in society for this. This type of behavior emboldened people to kill millions ending with a nuclear bomb.
To all the Jews that voted for this man because they didn’t like Hillary or they thought he would be good for Israel, shame on you. You have let something evil out of the bag and somehow we need to figure out quickly how to end this before something really bad happens.
IMPORTANT: PLEASE READ ALL THE WAY THROUGH: This is the photo I took before I headed to Target today with my three year old daughter. We were having a beautiful day together and I was feeling excited about turning 29 weeks pregnant and looking forward to spending the evening with my family, celebrating Shabbat. On our way to Target I was practicing the “Shabbat song” with Aviva and by the time we got to the store she was practicing it with hand claps et all, quite excited about her singing and proud of herself for knowing the song.
As we were on our way out of the store I overheard a man and a woman near me say “Hey that’s that Jewish song….yeah yeah it is.” And then, “Oh yeah she’s got that curly Jew hair… yeah the kid too.” At this point I was alert and I could see them out of the corner of my eye. It was what seemed to be a husband and wife with a middle-school aged son (who was laughing the entire time as they went on). I started to push my stroller faster to not make eye contact but get away from these people. Everything in my being was hyper focused to protect my daughter at all costs. These people could be armed for all I know. “Oh look she hears us! She’s speeding up!” They started moving closer to me and getting louder, “Filthy Jew. Yeah filthy Jew and her filthy Jew kid.” And then… “Donald Trump is going to take care of you! Yeah! We don’t have to worry now! Trump’s going to take care of you!” My heart was pumping through my entire body. My daughter was singing loudly “Shabbat Shalom…Shabbat Shabbat Shabbat Shabbat Shalom” completely unaware of what was going on. (Thank God). I was focused on just getting out of there and getting to my car with out making eye contact or interacting with them. I turned a corner and the woman said “Oh look she’s pregnant! Great she’s having another filthy Jew!” The husband replied “Trump will take care of all of them!” I got out of the store, ran my daughter to our car checking for any sight of them the entire time, got in and just held her so tight.
All I have to say to you is this…
I was the co-chair of the Women’s March here. I am founder and President of March On San Diego. I am a proud Jewish woman, mother, wife and activist. All of that aside I am a proud American. I’m proud of how my family immigrated to the USA, escaping persecution for being Jewish. I’m proud of my family members who survived the Holocaust and of my husband’s family who did as well. I’m proud to have stood on the right side of history as I cast my vote away from Donald Trump.
My friends, we can NOT live in a bubble. We can NOT look away. Here in San Diego, in a Target store in Point Loma this kind of racist behavior took place towards a pregnant woman with a young child because this kind of behavior, hate and ideology has been given VALIDATION by our president. These people are now embolden. Any Jew I know who voted for this man or who supports him still today- please take a long hard look at yourself. Are you okay with what happen to me today? If you are- own it. If you are not- please it’s not too late to take a stand with those of us standing up against this madness.
To my friends who are working hard all around the country and here in San Diego with me and others to fight peacefully against this hate- from the bottom of my heart, THANK YOU- we must focus our efforts to resist and overcome bigotry, racism and fascism. Today it was me and my daughter; tomorrow it could be you. Shabbat Shalom, good Sabbath, peace and love to you all.