Antisemitism, a vile and ancient hate That still persists in our modern age The Jewish people, subjected to discrimination Persecuted and oppressed throughout history Their culture and traditions, a source of inspiration Yet still, they face prejudice and intolerance. The Holocaust, a tragic example of intolerance Millions of lives lost, victims of hate The Jewish people, a source of inspiration Survivors of the horrors of a bygone age Their stories a testament to history Their bravery in the face of discrimination. But still, the world is rife with discrimination Antisemitism persists with alarming intolerance Hateful rhetoric and violence, a stain on history The Jewish people, still facing the same old hate It's time to turn the page on this dark age And find new sources of inspiration. Let the beauty of Jewish culture be our inspiration And let us unite against discrimination Let us move beyond this age And embrace a new era of tolerance Let us fight against the scourge of hate And create a better future for our history. We must learn from the lessons of history And let them be our guide and inspiration We must stand together against hate And stamp out the cancer of discrimination We must open our hearts to tolerance And usher in a new, more enlightened age. Antisemitism has no place in our modern age Let us remember the lessons of history, our inspiration And strive for a world without discrimination or hate.
Written in response to ‘Rubber, or: Glue’
26 thoughts on “REBLOG: ‘The Persistence of Hate’ by Pankaj Kumar”
We learn nothing, over and over again. (K)
💖🙏🏻 Kerfe 🙏🏻💖 ~ sadly
Hello David! While delving into the topics of Antisemitism and Sestina poetry presented a significant challenge, their exploration proved transformative. Initial 5 attempts during the past 2 months yielded limited success; however, observing your poetic expertise provided the impetus to persist. With subsequent research, dedication, and renewed efforts, a comprehensive understanding emerged, eventually resulting in my successful completion of the first Sestina poem, albeit following several failed attempts. Appreciating your recognition of and praise for this milestone means deeply, serving as motivation for future creative pursuits. Thank you wholeheartedly for providing such invaluable inspiration and support.
Misdeeds like antisemitism counter the principles upon which any civilized society should operate. Civilization implies collective respect toward one another. Any form of hatred that fosters discord, ethnic cleansing, genocide, or other violent actions must be strictly addressed within institutional frameworks or legal repercussions to protect minorities.
Unethical rationalizations promoted via propaganda campaigns, twisted belief systems, or skewed historical accounts fuel a dangerous fallacy. A world committed to ending intolerance demands continuous vigilance, acknowledging history’s mistakes, and reflecting upon individual responsibilities rather than perpetuating disturbing legacies. While recognizing the past may be difficult or tragic, failure to confront societal ills continues the cycle of pain, leaving fewer opportunities for positive progress for future generations.
By being proactive agents for change, communities thrive in safer, more compassionate environments absent severe forms of bigotry like antisemitism. Therefore, its repudiation rests chiefly upon our shared duties as engaged citizens to promote harmonious coexistence without marginalizing or demonizing groups solely due to ancestral origins.
💗🙏🏻 Pankaj 🙏🏻💗 ~ Amen!
Thank you Pankaj and you David for sharing this poem that says it all! Enough is Enough and what should have never have been❣️
🖤🙏🏻 Cindy 🙏🏻🖤 ~ exactly
Delighted to hear that you appreciated the poem, dear Cindy. Your thoughtful feedback serves as an encouragement, making our artistic endeavors evermore fulfilling. 😊🙏
It’s my pleasure Pankaj! Your words penetrate deeply.! ❣️
Antisemitism is rooted in evil,.going against God, against what God has set in stone in history.
Well, I certainly agree that it’s rooted in evil!
sad that some have not learned yet, in spite of everything that’s happened
it’s hard to learn something if you don’t want to learn it
sadly it seems irrevocable – all throughout history the expulsions and destruction and massacres and scapegoating and it persists (and growing again) within our most ‘rational’ modern cultures of Europe and elsewhere – the source is hard to pin down but there are obvious pinpointers.
If only love could solve it – – I married one such lovely Jewish man – and we understood and shared each other’s faith and beliefs. Perhaps kinship of some sort is all any of us can do to help dissolve this oldest of hatreds
Laura ~ for some reason, I thought your husband was a non-Jew. Did I misunderstand?
He was a Jew to his very bones – back through the generations of both parents – and a proud Zionist too – and still he married a Christian girl!!
oh! I was confused! I thought it was the other way around! I thought you were Jewish and you married a non-Jew! Sorry – my misunderstanding 🙂
it comes to the same thing – sort of!
An ancient hatred that retained its power in our modern era.
I was just reading that the word “antisemitism” was popularised by the German journalist Wilhelm Marr. His polemic, Der Sieg des Judentums über das Germentum (The Victory of Jewry over Germandom), was published in 1879. Marr suggested that the Jewish threat to Germany was racial. He said that it was born of their immutable and destructive nature, their “tribal peculiarities” and “alien essence”.
✍We must learn from the lessons of history And let them be our guide and inspiration We must stand together against hate And stamp out the cancer of discrimination✍
Absolutely, we must work on this alignment, daily.
The anti-Zionism ideology excites and ignites considerable controversy
💔🙏🏻 Abi 🙏🏻💔 ~ yes.
Yes, these ancient hates recreate themselves, sometimes in unrecognizable ways.
antisemitism is known as “the oldest hatred”
I cannot understand bigotry and hatred – and the consequent horrors appal and break my heart.
💗 😥 Lesley 😢 💗 ~ thank you