Take a look at the reaction when Israeli journalist Zvika Klein gets when he walks around Paris wearing a yarmulke.
When this man doesn’t get called “Juif” or subjected to homophobic slurs, they spit it at him – man and woman.
This video is modelled on the one featuring Shoshana Edwards who walked around New York as a woman for 10 hours, a video of which I was quite skeptical.
It is certainly possible that one could level the same criticisms against this video with regard to editing and the neighborhoods selected.
The BBC was certainly skeptical. Quel surprise:
It’s impossible for us to verify Klein’s video, and like other “10 hours in…” videos there has been a large amount of editing – which critics say conveys a false impression. The clips featured appear to be shot in poorer and predominantly Muslim neighbourhoods. Could he be accused of deliberately seeking out negative comments? He doesn’t see it that way. “If I was walking around with an Israeli flag, I understand it might create negative feelings. But I don’t think [wearing a kippah] should generate that kind of thing.”
It is very interesting to see that Klein says that he could understand the negative feelings carrying an Israeli flag might generate, but that wearing a yarmulke should not warrant that reaction.
This is where Klein misses the point. When it comes to anti-Semitism, especially of the Muslim variety, Israel and Judaism is one in the same.
Let me put it another way. If Klein carried an Israeli flag and then later carried an ISIS flag through Paris I don’t need to tell you which one would be more warmly received.
Don’t believe me? Watch what happened at Berkeley last November.
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