Belief does not make you Jewish, Christian, Muslim or Buddhist. Society does.
Jewish society justifies antisemitism in a way that makes us feel unique and different, almost holy. We are the chosen ones. So they say in the Bible. The explanation for antisemitism cannot be found in the Bible but in history and this must be explained and taught in schools. Only through education will we finally be able to break the hatred.
Communities that share the same beliefs define themselves according to sub-categories of the common definition of ‘religion’. But belief is very intimate and each of us humans believes in different stories that we grew up with, and listened to.
As for myself, I hated to go to the synagogue. I had too many questions that no one could answer in a realistic and logical way, but only through abstraction. Bending reality to find answers for life is not for me. I prefer living life.
If there will be another Holocaust I will be with you. And I might have a job in tattooing the numbers for everyone. I think it,s a horrible joke, but that could have been my destiny.
Guil Zekri is a baroque-inspired painter and tattoo artist. His artistic career started in his early life and led him to Paris. There he studied plastic arts. His oil paintings are a combination of Baroque and Romanticism, and his themes are influenced by his Jewish upbringing and his life in Israel.