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Reply To: Have you been exposed to harmful antisemitic tropes about Jewish control over finances or foreign policy? After participating in this course, how would you go about responding to these tropes if you encounter them?

Clara Easterday

Although I have been very fortunate to be surrounded by very wonderful people my whole life and therefore my exposure to antisemitic individuals has been minimal, in recent years I have been encountering more and more antisemitism. One instance that really stands out to me is all the more surprising because it was a lovely woman at my church, who honestly never means anyone any harm, yet she firmly and earnestly believes that our nation’s economy and policy are controlled by Jews who do not have America’s best interests at heart. If I were to have a conversation with this woman now, I would try to point out historical examples of the Jewish community’s LACK of influence on American foreign policy (eg. Harry Truman) as well as Israel’s current lack of trust and dependence on the teeter-tottering foreign policies of a polarized USA.