Paula here. I remember as a child in London, England seeing a sign: “No Irish” and it was connected to accommodation. Fast forward to February 2017 and New York City.
Commuters looked at the graffiti that read “Jews belong in the Oven” with a swastika sign. This despicable sign was on many windows. At first the commuters were stunned into silence until one man rose – stood up – and told everyone that hand sanitizer removes ink markers.
The Loving Commute (Journey)
People were crying with emotional solidarity as they went into action. If I had been there, it would have been to erase the “No Irish” sign of my childhood.
In this picture is an Afro-American woman cleaning the hatred away – was she thinking of Rosa Parks, KKK hangings and burning of crosses? I am not Jewish but I stand in solidarity with any race, gender, religion or sexual orientation that is victimized.
I have stood at the entrance of Auschwitz.
I have seen the ovens!
My tears would have joined the hand sanitizer. I also remember one evening class in Toronto, Canada where we had a concentration camp survivor. This woman told us to touch the numbers on her arm! On a trip to Europe, I stood outside the door of Anne Frank’s hiding place. Never again!
Hatred is on the Rise
According to Diaspora Affairs Ministry, (Israel) antisemitism in the US spiked last year with 2.6 million tweets including antisemitic language.
It said abuse got worse the as news coverage of the presidential campaign increased with Twitter accounts of some 50,000 journalists becoming littered with approximately 20,000 antisemitic tweets directed at them.
Members of the Jewish community were incensed at reports president Trump reportedly blocked an International Holocaust Remembrance Day statement that mentioned Jewish victims of Nazi killings, the politico website claimed.
However, when Trump came to make his speech he used the words “victims, survivors” and “those who died”, but made no mention of “Jewish” victims.
Facebook Posting by Gregory Locke
“I got on the subway in Manhattan tonight and found a Swastika on every advertisement and every window. The train was silent as everyone stared at each other, uncomfortable and unsure what to do. One guy got up and said, ‘Hand sanitizer gets rid of Sharpie. We need alcohol.’ He found some tissues and got to work.
“I’ve never seen so many people simultaneously reach into their bags and pockets looking for tissues and Purel. Within about two minutes, all the Nazi symbolism was gone. Nazi symbolism. On a public train. In New York City. In 2017. I guess this is Trump’s America,” said one passenger. No sir, it’s not. Not tonight and not ever. Not as long as stubborn New Yorkers have anything to say about it.”
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