Rachel Riley, co-host of the British television game show “Countdown,” said last week that the antisemitic attacks she has been receiving on social media, for speaking out against Jew hatred in the UK’s Labour party, has made her more in tune with her Jewish heritage.
Riley, whose mom is Jewish, talked about the online hatred she has been the target of in the last few months during an interview with Britain’s Channel 4 News. When asked if her Jewish identity was “developing” and if she was more “conscious” about her Jewish background as a result of the abuse, the Oxford University graduate said yes, adding, “I’ve soul searched a lot. I’ve soul searched so much because so many people are telling you that ‘You know you’re wrong’ and ‘You’re evil’ or whatever, and I’m like ‘Am I missing something?’”
“So I’ve had to do so much research to find out where this has come from and really examine myself,” Riley, 33, explained. “Have I come from this upbringing and this is why I think this [way]? So it’s just made me question things, which I think is good. You have to question things. You have to look at both sides. You have to read [and] listen.”
The invective Riley has been facing on Twitter began in September when she started speaking out against Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn. Riley explained her determination not to stay silent, despite the barrage of criticism that ensued..
“There’s a mistaken belief that you can say anything you’d like about Israel [and] Zionists,” she went on to say, “and it’s really a complicated situation, and over and over and over we’re having to say you can criticize Israel, of course you can — I don’t stand by everything our government does, but I don’t hate everybody in England for something the government does. It’s insane.”
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