‘JUDE’ STARS: BAD TASTE?

The Jewish Chronicle - - COMMENT&ANALYSIS -

AN AMER­I­CAN Ortho­dox par­ent ex­plains why he feels dis­tinctly un­com­fort­able with the fact that his chil­dren are be­ing made to wear yel­low stars in their school as part of its Holo­caust Day me­mo­rial cer­e­mony: “The first year that my son was at this school, he came home wear­ing his ‘Jude’ star. I was not pre­pared for this. I got pretty emo­tional about it. I had a strong vis­ceral re­ac­tion and thought that maybe the school should have sent out a note to par­ents to ed­u­cate them and pre­pare them for the pro­gramme. I even spoke with the prin­ci­pal about it. This year, my older son did not wear his star and my younger one, at his brother’s sug­ges­tion, took his off be­fore he got off the school bus. My older son never for­got about my re­ac­tion that first year and wanted to be sen­si­tive to my feel­ings. He felt that since it had caused me dis­tress, that it must be some­how ‘wrong’ for the school to give out th­ese stars for the chil­dren to wear. It is not that I think it is ab­so­lutely wrong. I am ac­tu­ally still un­sure how I feel about it. But my gut tells me that I don’t want to see my chil­dren com­ing off the bus wear­ing th­ese stars.”

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