I know that this may sound racist but in today’s world of growing mixing, racism has become a prominent emotion. I think I rather support it. Having grown in a typical “kaliwaal” ( village) environment, it is hard to escape it. I think we are very protective of our own culture. I think I can understand it a lot. The other thing that I understand is amazingly the concept I also found very strongly present in Switzerland, the concept of old money, new money. I know of a man who bought into our village and is extremely rich but people still call him a derogatory name and call him the son of so and so, a new money person… Also the saying which goes like ” Paiso sara ba zmaka wakhle khu khanadaan ba charta na rawalay” ( you can buy land with money but where will you get a family/name from), kind of cruel I know.. I drifted off.. I was supposed to talk about Jews..
I encounter Jews on a daily basis here. I wear an expensive Abaya when I go out, it really pains them to see a practising Muslim living a good life. Some leave a park when I enter with my kids, some make a sour face and NO ONE would answer me if I asked them something. I saw an old Jewish man with the typical cap on his head. I think he must have been around 85 years old and he could barely walk. He was enjoying a relaxing day at the park and the moment he saw me entering from the gate, he got up and became irritated and left. It annoyed him greatly, just like perhaps his cap annoyed ME greatly, but I’m kind enough to say Bonjour.. they don’t reply..
There was another incident when my son’s classmate was Jew. I didn’t know as he had a normal English name, let’s call him Oliver, as you can see, it’s not a Hebrew kind of a name and his mother’s name was also a normal short English name let’s call her Vicky. I spoke to her on the phone and said my son mentions your son a lot and since we live so close by ( a few streets away) lets meet up and let the kids play, she was all cheerful and happy ( accent betrayal). She said she’ll meet me and she’ll be the one who will be having a baby in the pram and black hair. I said fine, Ill be the one wearing a full abaya, and she suddenly got quiet and then said, ” well my kids go for Hebrew lessons on Friday, Tuesday and Wednesday and Saturday :p) blah blah blah we can’t meet!! hahaha. She made a point of mentioning the Hebrew lessons a few times so I would know they’re Jews. I thought she thinks I may be uncomfortable around Jews so I pressed on but she was amazingly rude after she realised I was a Muslim. I met her at another birthday party of another classmate of my son and I said hello 3 times to get her to say just the hello back. Same thing happened with my neighbour, they were all nice and good. One day I rang their doorbell while another strict Jewish person was there (quite visible from his attire and getup) and since then I never saw them even say hello.. I had gone to ask for something that fell into their garden..
I have encountered so many Jews here and in Milan and they all hate my sight! I wonder why.. what is the friction. Forget about Palestine, about religious clashes due to quran etc.. why do they hate us?
Then it set me thinking, what is the reason that they are repelled? Why? Do they feel threatened by us? Has anyone read about Judaism? There are so many similarities in the basic faith matters that one would think it is Islam. So then why the hatred.. I suppose it will be a mystery for me for some time…