But that was in Florida. Now I live in New York. I moved to Crown Heights, Brooklyn about 3 months ago. The community here is mostly Hasidic Jews. I had had no experience with them.
But I can say my experience with them has been quite unpleasant. They haven't excepted me at all. With constant harrassment from the young men and sometimes even the women. I never knew Jews hated like this. Because I never experienced it before. But now I feel the hate. I feel it when I walk down the street and I get glares and screams. And I wonder what have I done just by being here.
Today I told a Jewish friend, "I am glad I am not Jewish! Ahamdulillah!"
Are these people causing me to hate myself? It's pretty bad when someone who once treasured a gift brought back from Israel from her father says that.
I suppose we can only say hate drives out love. And that's what these people have managed to do.
By Andrea Karshan