The Jewish Chronicle

It’s about them both


My Jewish identity is both religious and ethnic (Religion and ethnicity, Letters, 19 February).

Ruth said, “Your People shall be My People, and Your God My God”. We pray to the God of our Fathers. Zionism is the Jewish national liberation movement in our historic homeland.

I have experience­d antisemiti­sm over the decades (from the right, the left and everywhere else) because of my orthodox observance, my Zionist politics, my physical features and my support for Spurs. People have also called me foreign, Paki and Muslim. I am a second, third, and up to fourteenth, generation immigrant.

When filling in forms, I therefore tick both the Jewish box for the Religious question and the Other box for the Ethnic question, adding “Jewish” to the latter.

Mark Drukker

Reading, Berks

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