Many Israeli and Jewish prominent figures are on the American show business scene. Few will stand up and defend Israel and their fellow Jews. Mayim Bialik is one exception to this rule. Many know her as Amy Farrah Fowler (Sheldon Cooper’s girlfriend) on “The Big Bang Theory” series, and as a teen playing the main role on the hit sitcom, “Blossom.”
Bialik grew up in a liberal Jewish home in California, and has relatives in Israel whom she visits regularly. Among them you may also find Israel’s national poet, Haim Nahman Bialik. Mayim has a PhD in Neuroscience and studied Hebrew and Jewish Studies. In her personal life she defines herself as a Modern Orthodox Jew, Zionist, a vegan and a feminist. She has two children, and recently published a book discussing her parenting method.
On her blog “Grok Nation” Bialik reacted to the Palestinian-American political activist Linda Sarsour’s articles, which stressed that feminism and Zionism are incompatible. In her column, Bialik explained the definitions of Zionism and feminism and stressed why one doesn’t contradict the other. Furthermore, she stated that bigotry exists since many parts of the world ignore human rights issues. Bialik stressed that in these countries, (a large part Islamist) women’s rights are violated daily and are the norm.
The article went viral and raised a strong reaction. In an interview to a Channel 10 News program in Israel [“Live at Night”] she spoke about the surprising antisemitic reactions she received as a result of her blog post. “Anytime I mention Israel I get threats, I get horrendous things… anytime I mention the right of Israel to exist, just the right, politics aside, it is met with what would absolutely be qualified as antisemitism. So if I say Israel deserves to exist as autonomous country with secure borders, that should not lead to ‘Hitler should have finished the job’, ‘you dirty hook-nose Jew’, ‘you run the world, you run the media’, ‘you all should have died in ovens’”. These stereotypes, Bialik adds express hatred towards Jews through known stigmas and references to the holocaust.
Bialik added that she will continue to voice her opinion and support Israel. On her many blogs on Kevller, Grok Nation, Facebook and Youtube she posts her views regarding her Jewish identity in the American society and preaches liberalism, equality and acceptance.
By: Roni Zedek