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It could be a lot worse

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A lot of Jewish students at university feel under pressure from antisemitic attacks on social media . A number of universities have not signed up to the accepted international definition of antisemitism and some dons have made antisemitic references in their lectures. So what advice can old-time Jewish graduates usefully provide?

The first – and perhaps the most important – is that you’d better get used to it. If you’re a Jew you re going to meet with antisemitism during your lifetime. You can consider yourself fortunate that you chose to be born in the right century, so it’s negligible. Your grandparents and great grandparents were treated appallingly by overseas governments and the church. The Holocaust was the culmination but you weren’t alive to suffer it.

Today you face repulsive comments on social media, They are, however, condemned by the vast majority of your fellow citizens. In many forms it is a crime in this country. Count your blessings; your grandparents found a safe haven and with an enormous amount of hard work, most of them made........

© The Times of Israel (Blogs)

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