Veronika AKA Nika

35 Years Old • Educator • Chicago

Shalom! (Peace!) Since learning through genetic testing that I am a person of Jewish heritage, I have been writing a lot about my experiences as an adoptee who is reclaiming her roots by practicing Judaism.

Besides Jews and adoption the primary focuses of my blog are women; lesbian, gay, and bi folks; working class folks; and education. I write from the perspective of someone who is trans, who is disabled, who is a victim of abuse, who is a radical leftist, and who is pro-Palestinian. On the very rare occasion that I blog about anything fandom-related it is usually about Once upon a Time, Elementary, or Nikita (Jaden and Alex are my one true pairing).

Although it is not necessary, I would love it if you introduced yourself if you decide to follow my blog. And if there is anything I can do to make Faithful Image more accessible to you, please let me know.

 

skywritingg replied to your post “To the Jews, People of Jewish Heritage, and People Who Practice Judaism I Follow”

I have one friend who not only never acknowledges posts about anti-Semitism, but yesterday/today has stuck to her position of “Judaism is the one religion I just can’t be comfortable with”. Oh I’m sorry I thought you cared about social justice

Though I cannot say I am surprised to hear that someone ostensibly concerned about social justice has said that, it is nevertheless horrifying, especially when coming from a friend. So sorry, hon.

To the Jews, People of Jewish Heritage, and People Who Practice Judaism I Follow

I know you are seeing the same thing on your dash that I am: There are people who blog about nearly every social justice issue under the sun and who post half a dozen selfies and two dozen cat pics every day and nevertheless cannot be bothered to post one word about the violence and threats of violence that diasporic Jews have been experiencing in the past few days. I know it is demoralizing. I know because I have been demoralized. I have been on the verge of tears today, thinking about the recent threats of violence in my city and wondering how much worse the situation will have to get before people who are supposedly committed to social justice end their silence. One of the few things giving me comfort right now is that even though you have as much reason to be discouraged as I am, you have used your beautiful voices. Thank you for that. If you ever need someone to talk to—even if it is just someone to listen because you need to vent or because you are feeling alone—I am here.

I’m not responsible for some perverted 45 year old dad lusting after me because I have a sparkly dress on and a big ass for a teenager. And if you think I am, then maybe you’re part of the problem.

17-year-old Clare Ettinger who was kicked out of her prom for the dress she was wearing.

Source: Teen Girl Ejected From Prom Because Horny Dads Can’t Stop Staring

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(Source: letstalkaboutrape)

[Image: Ten Mayan women are facing the camera, looking through the lenses of their own cameras.]
saltysojourn:

Mayan Women reversing that white settler-colonial gaze.

[Image: Ten Mayan women are facing the camera, looking through the lenses of their own cameras.]

saltysojourn:

Mayan Women reversing that white settler-colonial gaze.

littlegoythings:

This picture is blood libel.
It depicts Bibi, with a Jewish star, eating a small child. 
Blood libels have their root in white Christian anti-Jewish propaganda of the Middle Ages, in which Jews were accused of draining Christian children’s blood for use in matzah on Passover. Which is ridiculous, because consuming blood is strictly forbidden in our religion and culture.
However, this ancient libel, never fully put to rest, has been given new life not just in Europe, but also the Middle East. Depictions of a Jew - any Jew, for any reason - imbibing blood recalls this libel, and has wider antisemitic implications long beyond the shadow of Israel-Palestine politics.
Like this image here, which appeared in the Independent some years back: 
Maybe the intent was to depict Netanyahu as a horrible leader more interested in carnage than leadership. However, intent does not undo the wider context of blood libel and blood libelous images, nor undoes its damage to Jews worldwide, especially notable in this case because the Star of David on his forehead serves to implicate his Jewishness as the source of bloodthirstiness, rather than his own personal failures. 
Don’t be a tool. Don’t use blood libels.

littlegoythings:

This picture is blood libel.

It depicts Bibi, with a Jewish star, eating a small child. 

Blood libels have their root in white Christian anti-Jewish propaganda of the Middle Ages, in which Jews were accused of draining Christian children’s blood for use in matzah on Passover. Which is ridiculous, because consuming blood is strictly forbidden in our religion and culture.

However, this ancient libel, never fully put to rest, has been given new life not just in Europe, but also the Middle East. Depictions of a Jew - any Jew, for any reason - imbibing blood recalls this libel, and has wider antisemitic implications long beyond the shadow of Israel-Palestine politics.

Like this image here, which appeared in the Independent some years back: blood libel

Maybe the intent was to depict Netanyahu as a horrible leader more interested in carnage than leadership. However, intent does not undo the wider context of blood libel and blood libelous images, nor undoes its damage to Jews worldwide, especially notable in this case because the Star of David on his forehead serves to implicate his Jewishness as the source of bloodthirstiness, rather than his own personal failures. 

Don’t be a tool. Don’t use blood libels.

Leaflets threaten Chicago Jews over Israel’s Gaza operation

semiticsemantics:

(JTA) — Leaflets threatening the Jewish community because of Israel’s Gaza operation were found on parked cars in a Chicago neighborhood.

The leaflets found Saturday on six cars in the Pulaski Park neighborhood, in the northwestern part of the city, threatened violence if Israel did not pull out of Gaza and end its operation in the coastal strip that began July 8, the Chicago Tribune reported.

Chicago Police opened an investigation and notified the department’s hate crimes unit, according to the newspaper.

The leaflets were discovered a day after hundreds of protesters held a demonstration in downtown Chicago, including a “die-in” in which protesters representing the more than 400 Palestinians killed by Israel in the Gaza operation lay on the ground.

The demonstrators then moved their protest in front of the Israeli Consulate in Chicago, according to the Tribune.



Read more: http://www.jta.org/2014/07/21/news-opinion/united-states/leaflets-threaten-chicago-jews-over-israel-in-gaza#ixzz388e1fjtJ

lunarthirteen:

disparatre:

Girls who don’t receive romantic/sexual attention from boys blame themselves

Boys who don’t receive romantic/sexual attention from girls blame girls

This.