Ana Gutierrez
professional wanderer, freelance writer, dog lover.

Do you wear a David Star?

My mum got back from Israel a few days ago. She brought me a new IDF pullover, the one I already had was worn out and old.

She gave me some publicity stuff written in Hebrew so I could practice a bit, but she also bought me something for my 22 birthday, and it’s so catchy to the eye, it has brought me more problems than any other Jewish things I use.

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On Wednesday I was walking to take the second bus to be on time for a course I signed up for, and I ran into a girl who stared at my necklace for a while, which take us to the next scene:

She: eww, a Jewish girl.

Me: Rotza sija?

She: huh?

Me: bat zona ¬¬

She gave me a puzzled look and I kept walking, I was late. I talked to her in Hebrew because I was mad with her being disgusted about me being a Jew. Which by the way, I am not.

Michael Douglas’ (one of my favorite actors EVER) son got insulted for carrying a David Star on his neck. Is he supossed to hide his religious fundaments? No. Is he allowed to cry because anti-semitism? Yes.

Will anti-semitism ever stop? Most likely no. It comes from years ago, based on historical differences, on a root of irrational and misplaced hatred of Israel. Based on a rise of Muslim population, that gives an extra range for an extremist group that will grow the hate towards Jews.

My daily stuff. Necklace. Ring. Phone pocket.

This is what I carry on a daily basis. My new necklace, my old ring that includes a personal vow and my phone bag that reminds me every morning of how badly I hope the Hebrew University of Israel accepts me for my Master’s.

Dylan, you are a Jew, and I know for sure you won’t bow your head because of the insults, though you will stand up, and be proud of who you are and what you support.

Dylan, you are not alone, you have millions of Jews’ hearts beating together, and you have another good share of non-Jews supporting the fight. I might not share your exact beliefs, but my Lord was a Jew, and that’s good enough for me.

About the Author
Ana is a curious girl that after exploring Israel and pursuing an MA in TAU during 2017/18, also found her life partner in a museum in Jerusalem. In the middle of a pandemia, and a world crisis, she married her Jerusalemite lion and moved to Israel for good. She writes about her experiences as a wife, as a foreigner in the Holy Land and as a woman exploring life.
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