Why Do People Hate The Jews?
It has been said that the history
of almost all of the Jewish holidays can be summed up succinctly: "They
wanted to kill us; we won. Let's eat." Why has anti-Semitism been so
pervasive in so many countries, in so many time periods and for so many
reasons? (One begins to wonder. Perhaps there is something wrong with the
Jews and Judaism? After all, there is an old Yiddish saying -- "If one
person calls you a donkey, ignore him; if two people call you a donkey, buy
Between the years 250
CE and 1948 CE - a period of 1,700 years - Jews have experienced more
than eighty expulsions from various countries in Europe - an average of
nearly one expulsion every twenty-one years. Jews were expelled from
England, France, Austria, Germany, Lithuania, Spain, Portugal, Bohemia,
Moravia and seventy-one other countries.
classified six explanations as to why people hate the Jews:
- Economic -- "We hate Jews because
they possess too much wealth and power."
- Chosen People -- "We hate Jews
because they arrogantly claim that they are the chosen people."
- Scapegoat -- "Jews are a convenient
group to single out and blame for our troubles."
- Deicide -- "We hate Jews because
they killed Jesus."
- Outsiders, -- "We hate Jews because
they are different than us." (The dislike of the unlike.)
- Racial Theory -- "We hate Jews
because they are an inferior race."
As we examine the explanations, we must ask -- Are they the causes for
anti-Semitism or excuses for Anti-Semitism? The difference? If one takes
away the cause, then anti-Semitism should no longer exist. If one can show a
contradiction to the explanation, it demonstrates that the "cause" is not a
reason, it is just an excuse. Let's look at some contradictions:
- Economic -- The Jews of 17th- 20th
century Poland and Russia were dirt poor, had no influence and yet they
- Chosen People -- a) In the late
19th century, the Jews of Germany denied "Choseness." And then they worked
on assimilation. Yet, the holocaust started there. b) Christians and
Moslems profess to being the "Chosen people," yet, the world and the
anti-Semites tolerate them.
- Scapegoat -- Any group must already
be hated to be an effective scapegoat. The Scapegoat Theory does not then
cause anti-Semitism. Rather, anti-Semitism is what makes the Jews a
convenient scapegoat target. Hitler's ranting and ravings would not be
taken seriously if he said, "It's the bicycle riders and the midgets who
are destroying our society."
- Deicide -- a) the Christian Bible
says the Romans killed Jesus, though Jews are mentioned as accomplices
(claims that Jews killed Jesus came several hundred years later). How come
the accomplices are persecuted and there isn't an anti-Roman movement
through history? b) Jesus himself said, "Forgive them [i.e., the Jews],
for they know not what they do." The Second Vatican Council in 1963
officially exonerated the Jews as the killers of Jesus. Neither statement
of Christian belief lessened anti-Semitism.
- Outsiders -- With the Enlightenment
in the late 18th century, many Jews rushed to assimilate. Anti-Semitism
should have stopped. Instead, for example, with the Nazis came the cry, in
essence: "We hate you, not because you're different, but because you're
trying to become like us! We cannot allow you to infect the Aryan race
with your inferior genes."
- Racial Theory -- The overriding
problem with this theory is that it is self-contradictory: Jews are not a
race. Anyone can become a Jew - and members of every race, creed and color
in the world have done so at one time or another.
Every other hated group is hated for a relatively defined reason. We
Jews, however, are hated in paradoxes: Jews are hated for being a lazy and
inferior race - but also for dominating the economy and taking over the
world. We are hated for stubbornly maintaining our separateness - and, when
we do assimilate - for posing a threat to racial purity through
intermarriages. We are seen as pacifists and as warmongers; as capitalist
exploiters and as revolutionary communists; possessed of a Chosen-People
mentality, as well as of an inferiority complex. It seems that we just can't
Now we know what are NOT the
reasons for anti-Semitism.
FIND OUT WHY
PEOPLE HATE THE JEWS:
The Reason for
The Reason for
Anti-Semtism (online seminar)
by: Rabbi Kalman Packouz
History of Jewish Persecution
Why Do People Hate The Jews? by
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“Of all the extreme fanaticism which plays
havoc in man’s nature, there is not one as irrational as anti-Semitism. … If
the Jews are rich [these fanatics] are
victims of theft. If they are poor, they are victims of ridicule. If they
take sides in a war, it is because they wish to take advantage from the
spilling of non-Jewish blood. If they espouse peace, it is because they are
scared by their natures or traitors. If the Jew dwells in a foreign land he
is persecuted and expelled. If he wishes to return to his own land, he is
prevented from doing so.”
- Lloyd George stated in 1923
"The uniqueness of anti-Semitism lies in
the fact that no other people in the world have ever been charged
simultaneously with alienation from society and with cosmopolitanism, with
being capitalistic exploiters and also revolutionary communist advocators.
The Jews were accused of having an imperious mentality, at the same time
they're a people of the book. They're accused of being militant aggressors,
at the same time as being cowardly pacifists. With being a Chosen people,
and also having an inferior human nature. With both arrogance and timidity.
With both extreme individualism and community adherence. With being guilty
of the crucifixion of Jesus and at the same time held to account for the
invention of christianity."
- A speech about the irrationality of
by professor Michael Curtis, of Rutgers University, 1987
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