I have been umming and ahing over whether to wear a long sleeved top when filming to cover the Magen David (star of David) tattoo due to current events in Israel and Gaza!

Should I cover my Star of David tattoo?
I should smile more in photos!

I don’t often leave the house due to my physical and mental health and disability, but I do film a lot of product reviews for my YouTube Channel, and I am now also involved in a new venture Disability Horizons TV.

What is currently happening in Israel and Gaza is awful.

People are being killed, maimed and living in fear and no one should have to live like that!

Having said that, it doesn’t mean that because this is happening, that elsewhere in the world and on social media that we should then turn on each other because of our differing religious beliefs.

In fact, we can’t allow that to happen and none of us should have to hide who we are because of this conflict!

I know that many communities have worked hard on interfaith relationships and relationships between people from various ethnic backgrounds, and it would be a tragedy if we allowed the Israel/Gaza conflict to spread into other countries, into other communities around the world and online.

I have seen some awful comments on social media from people supporting a side, and we can allow ourselves to be swallowed up in that, we naturally want to reply, but I don’t think we should, at least not in the heat of the moment!

Many of these comments are posted by accounts that are very new and have very few followers, the creation of these accounts and the comments posted from these accounts are for one purpose only and that is to spread hatred!

At times like this we have to work even harder on interfaith relationships, we have to reach out, and it doesn’t have to be to comment on the situation in Israel/Gaza. It could be just be a friendly comment on their post or to just say “Hello”.

I have decided not to cover up my tattoo by wearing a long sleeved top!

I have decided this because I shouldn’t have to hide it away, just like people shouldn’t have to stop wearing a niqab or a kippah or a necklace with a cross on it.

We are who we are and just because we look a certain way, dress a certain way or adorn ourselves with religious tattoos or jewellery, we shouldn’t have to worry that this might result in a spewing of hatred in our direction!

  • I see you and I respect you
  • אני רואה אותך ואני מכבד אותך
  • أراك وأنا أحترمك

By Zechariah Richardson

Over 50, disabled, husband, father and gramps who reviews products and writes blog posts about his life, beekeeping, gardening and whatever pops into his brain!

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