Understanding antisemitism is only the first step along the journey of taking action to disrupt it. What comes next?
“Jewish people have always been involved in pursuits of racial justice, in seeking equity, and in pursuing freedoms. There’s always a place for Jews at the table, whether that is equity, diversity, and inclusion committees, anti-racism initiatives, or anti-oppression learning. Jewish people should be able to speak about their own experience and should not be spoken over. Jewish folks should be able to share their histories and their full identities. And it is the Jewish people themselves who should be allowed to define their own Jewish identity, their experiences with oppression or racialization, and what their liberation movement might involve.”
• How to be Anti-Antisemitism (Centre for Israel and Jewish Affairs)
I. Abraham Ascher, Russia: A Short History. (Oxford: One World Publications, 2002). “Many lowerclass people were convinced the Jews were responsible for the Tsar‘s assassination. In 1881 marauders unleashed pogroms in 48 some two hundred villages and towns leaving at least 40 Jews dead, many more wounded and hundreds of women raped. The destruction of Jewish neighborhoods left hundreds of people homeless in several cities.”
II. Gendered Violence: Jewish Women in the Pogroms of 1917-1921 by Irina Astashkevich.