The nuns, my teachers, at Stella Maris, who blamed the Jews for the Holocaust, and the new self-proclaimed guardians against Islamophobia in progressive circles have something in common. Both manipulate misguided political responses aimed to silence. In seventh grade, I believed my oral book report on Adolf Eichmann’s role in the Holocaust would shed light on the danger and horror of unchecked anti Semitism. Naïvely I believed they would see where Jew hatred went if I reported the horror of Nazi Germany. Instead, before I even got back to my seat, I was assaulted by a classmate’s response, “Hitler built good roads for Germany.” I felt my heart sink. The teacher not only agreed, she added tha

Rachel Wahba is a writer, psychotherapist, and co-founder of Olivia Travel/Companies. An Iraqi -Egyptian Jew, born in India, she grew up in Japan. 

The many dimensions of 

displacement and exile are a constant theme in her work as a writer, therapist, and in her activism as a Mizrahi Jew who grew up stateless. 

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