Saturday, September 18th | 13 Tishri 5782

The Top 100 People Positively Influencing Jewish Life, 2017


Gretchen Rachel Hammond

Tablet Magazine reporter

One does not expect to be the object of a racist smear campaign from an LGBT organization, but it happened to Gretchen Rachel Hammond. The former reporter for the “Windy City Times” was the subject of a brutal intimidation campaign and ultimately lost her job for daring to report on an antisemitic incident at the Chicago Dyke March, where a group of Jewish demonstrators were kicked out for waving Star of David flags.

As soon as the story broke, Hammond received threats in which she was called a “kike” and was ultimately tossed from the paper.

The organizers of the Dyke March celebrated with a racist tweet that aped David Duke’s expression “Zios” to describe Jews – “Zio tears replenish my electrolytes.”

With considerable grace, Hammond replied, “You attacked, humiliated and robbed me of a job. No tears. I forgive you. Just hope you learn how destructive and pointless hatred is.”

Fortunately, the Jewish community has not let Hammond’s persecution go unanswered. Hammond now writes for “Tablet Magazine" and was embraced by this publication. (Photo credit: Facebook.)


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