After a successful launch in the US in 2019, our documentary about antisemitism ‘Never Again Is Now’ was released worldwide on YouTube recently. https://youtu.be/BZWnlshOXWs . We wanted to advertise the film on YouTube. Our ad consisted of a brief text explaining that ‘Never Again Is Now’ is about the Holocaust and about rising antisemitism today.
The ad was rejected by the YouTube algorithm. It didn’t explain why. Only after we removed the words ‘Holocaust’ and ‘antisemitism’, and used the term ‘social injustice’ instead, our ad passed the algorithm.
I was shocked when I read a few weeks ago an educator in New York was criticized for sharing her grandparents’ Holocaust story and for refusing to bring the Black Power salute during a racial equity training. NYC educator claims she was fired after sharing Holocaust story (nypost.com). She wasn’t supposed to address racism against Jews in this training. Shortly afterwards she was fired.
It made me sad. It made me think of Amsterdam, the city I emigrated from, where one in four schools don’t teach the Holocaust anymore. It is too ‘offensive’ to Muslim students, who often threaten teachers with physical violence during lessons about the Holocaust. The students demand lessons about the ‘Nakba’ instead, the Palestinian ‘Exodus’ in 1948 during Israel’s War of Independence. It also made me think of the great Jewish American writer Bari Weiss, whose colleagues at The New York Times bullied her for “writing about the Jews again.” Resignation Letter — Bari Weiss
End of this month is the festival of Passover. During this holiday, Jews tell the story of their bitter slavery in Ancient Egypt and celebrate their liberation. They also reflect upon other times in history when Jews were oppressed and persecuted, including today. Many also elaborate on the oppression, persecution and inequality of other people than the Jewish people.
As the Jewish scholars teach us in the texts for the celebration at the night of Passover: “You shall commemorate the slavery and liberation from Egypt every day, until the end of times.” It means we have an obligation to point out antisemitism and other forms of hatred whenever it occurs. Nobody can take that commandment away from me.
WATCH MY DOCUMENTARY ‘NEVER AGAIN IS NOW’ ON YOUTUBE: https://youtu.be/BZWnlshOXWs