Tracy-Ann Oberman opens up about ‘brutal’ abuse faced by women who fight antisemitism

Actor discusses link between misogyny and antisemitism in a video released on International Women’s Day


LONDON, ENGLAND - JULY 07: Tracey Ann Oberman attends the "Horrible Histories The Movie" World Premiere at Odeon Luxe Leicester Square on July 07, 2019 in London, England. (Photo by Joe Maher/Getty Images)

Actor Tracy-Ann Oberman has opened up about the “sexualised, brutal, personal abuse” levelled against Jewish women who speak out against antisemitism. 
Ms Oberman discussed the “distinct link” between misogyny and antisemitism in a powerful video message released Monday on International Women’s Day.
The clip was published as part of “We are truthers”, an educational campaign launched in January by the Antisemitism Policy Trust and the Community Security Trust. 
“A small number of women started speaking out on antisemitism and they were abused relentlessly. 
“In the end I couldn’t stay silent anymore and then I too became a target. Jewish money hoarder, filthy shill. The abuse, sexualised, brutal, personal, fetishistic, endless,” Ms Oberman said. 
She added that while men who speak out against anti-Jewish racism face abuse, their ordeal is “nothing like the attacks on me and my sisters.”
But she also stressed the resilience of Jewish women. “We don't frighten easily. It’s in our DNA. 
“When it comes to biblical stories, we’re the Esthers. We’re the ones who stand tall and protect our families, our community, our identities. We don’t frighten. We won’t shut up.”
Ms Oberman has been a vocal critic of the Labour Party's past handling of the antisemitism row under former leader Jeremy Corbyn.

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