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1 I saw a young Jew sell soaps and perfumes at MoA last year.
2 I saw a young Jew selling soaps and perfumes at MoA last year.

Could the difference in meaning be that in #1 I just saw her a few seconds and then walked on by, whereas in #2 I observed her maybe a bit longer?
 

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In that part of the world (SE-Asia) you see Jews only very, very seldomly because the few non-Asian people there are usually British, German, Dutch, Australian, etc. That's why it's something really special to see somebody from Israel. Foreigners working as salespersons in malls is also quite uncommon there.
 
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If you can tell somebody's nationality just from looking at them then you are smarter than I am.

Did you buy any of her soaps?

I don't know what MoA stands for. Is it an airport?

I would say:

I saw a young Israeli selling soaps and perfumes at MoA last year.

Is MoA in southeast Asia?
 

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If you can tell somebody's nationality just from looking at them then you are smarter than I am.
I had asked here earlier where she came from so I knew.

Did you buy any of her soaps?
No
I don't know what MoA stands for. Is it an airport?
Mall of Asia
I would say:

I saw a young Israeli selling soaps and perfumes at MoA last year.

Is MoA in southeast Asia?
Yes

Would it change the meaning if I don't use the gerund?
 

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2 is the correct sentence here. Don't use 1.
 

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If she told you she came from Israel, then you knew she was Israeli. Israel has a large non-Jewish minority - in fact, there's a 25% chance that any given Israeli is not Jewish. Many Jews live in places other than Israel, so identifying her as Jewish doesn't relate to her country of origin.

In other words, don't do this. If you want to mention someone's nationality, do so. Don't mix it up with your assumptions about their ethnicity.
 
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In that part of the world (SE-Asia) you see Jews only very, very seldomly because the few non-Asian people there are usually British, German, Dutch, Australian, etc. That's why it's something really special to see somebody from Israel. Foreigners working as salespersons in malls is also quite uncommon there.
Good grief. Some of the visitors with the nationalities you listed may well be Jewish. Many Jews live outside of Israel.
 
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