Jewish actress Tracy-Anne Oberman features in a video for International Women’s Day highlighting anti-Jewish misogyny.
The former EastEnders star appears in the production as part of a campaign run by Antisemitism Policy Trust (ATP).
In the clip, she asks: “What special place does a Jewish woman have in the heart of an antisemitic misogynist?”
Detailing abuse she has received, the actor spoke about her great-grandmother’s experience of antisemitism and hardship in Belarus, before arriving in Britain.
Tracy-Ann Oberman said when her great-grandmother arrived in the UK, being a housewife would have “meant being decorative, passive, unopinionated, gentle. Everything that would probably get you killed in the earthy hard existence of being a Jewish woman in Eastern Europe. Everything a misogynist hates. Strong, sexual, opinion, powerful, intelligent.”
She also said the Holocaust was “scorched” into her memory, following a visit to Yad Vashem aged four, making her aware of the “end-game of unchecked racism and Jew-hate.”
Intersectional abuse, antisemitic misogyny, hatred of Jewish women, especially online. @tracyanno speaks to what this is and why women like her won't be silenced. What do you think of when you think about Jewish women? Strong. Brave. Proud. #ChooseToChallenge #WeAreTruthers pic.twitter.com/UrqEzW0eEt
— We Are Truthers (@wearetruthers) March 8, 2021
Filmed over the summer, the video is the third in a series from the ‘We Are Truthers’ campaign, which exposes conspiracy theories and extremism.
Previous videos have included comedian and broadcaster Marlon Solomon and rapper Jester Jacobs.
This comes after Tracy-Ann Oberman has been subject to antisemitic and misogynistic abuse especially online, due to her vocal criticism of antisemitism in the Labour party.
According to the ATP, anti-Jewish misogyny is a growing problem, with alternative platform 4Chan hosting almost 2 million antisemitic and misogynistic posts.
ATP’s chief executive, Danny Stone, said: “The Antisemitism Policy Trust has been ringing the alarm about intersectional abuse of Jewish women for some time. This is an issue that is poorly understood but hugely important to our societal understanding of hate. I’m hugely grateful to Tracy-Ann for helping us to explain and amplify these concerns which we will continue to work to address.”
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