Monday, May 23, 2005

Jullie is jodenvolk


“Jullie is jodenvolk” ("You people is Jews").

An expression mostly used by Dutch Jews, after being addressed to as “jullie” (you people), to express their feelings about being labeled as aliens. Also the title of a book by Sal Santen 1915-1998.

“You people” is the description of a group about whom the speaker most probably has the usual (not necessarily negative) prejudgments, and I must admit that I have developed an allergy to it.

In my whole life whenever someone employed the words “you people”, “you are a Jew” was meant, something that automatically makes you feel an outsider. Extremely refreshing it felt when recently an orthodox Jew hurled “you people” at me.

How wonderful it is not to belong to any group anymore.

9 comments:

hopla said...

Indeed i can confirm that you don't belong.

Vilda Chaya said...
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Vilda Chaya said...

Is there not a group for non-belongers?

Circumspection said...

If so it must be you people :-)

the shaigetz said...

I belong to the non-belongers

Circumspection said...

Ah, you people are all the same.

Circumspection said...

(Not that I care, some of my best friends are from you people)

Vilda Chaya said...

Non-belongers unite! How exactly does that work? :-)

Anonymous said...

You are unique, just like everyone else...