Was this anti-semitism or was it the act of an unbalanced person?
I was with my son at the mall, starting to stock up on stuff for his aliyah. He has a long list, and we have thankfully managed to cross many things off.
We entered one of the department stores, and were in the men’s section looking at trousers, and I turned around to see a woman standing there staring at us. She raised her hand in the shape of a gun and “shot” once at my son, and once at me. She turned around after giving me a menacing look, found someone else to talk to – and cooed over their baby.
I was unsettled. I was disturbed. Was this because my son and I look obviously Jewish? I was wearing a head scarf, and was covered to my neck, my wrists and my ankles. My son was wearing jeans, a shirt and a kippah. Most women around us were wearing shorts and tank tops, the guys shorts and tees. The difference was obvious.
Later, my son went to try on some clothes, and she was standing outside the changing rooms striking up random crazy conversations with the other people waiting there. It was obvious to me at that point that there was something not right with her.
I didn’t report her to security even though I felt extremely threatened. How can I prove that it was threatening? If she is mentally unbalanced, she might not have known what she was doing. How can I be sure it was anti-semitic? Does it even matter? Surely, the fact that I felt threatened is the point here. My son saw nothing, thank goodness. And I hadn’t wanted to make a scene. But should I have? Are we too quick to cry anti-semitism?
I feel extremely shaken. And even though that is totally understandable part of me feels I am over-reacting. How would you have reacted?