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The Disturbing Resilience of Anti-Semitism


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Cal
- 402 days ago - theweek.com
Reports of anti-Semitism surface from New York to Eastern Europe



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Bryna Pizzo (139)
Sunday November 10, 2013, 1:30 pm
Thank you for the sad news. I just don't understand how people can be so hateful.
 

Kit B. (276)
Sunday November 10, 2013, 5:09 pm

I'm not surprised that these tiny brains use the Internet to spread their hate and vile words. They are cowards and cowards love the cloak of anonymity. It's really very sad that in this century we still have to have this dialogue, but the numbers show we do. Just today I signed a petition against an American business that does not want Jewish customers. Hobby Lobby has gone so far as to state they will not have any Hanukkah decorations, foolish but some will reward that thinking.

I don't care what your religion is what color your eyes or skin, who you love or what your politics. Just learn that only kindness and understanding that each of us is unique being can ever bring the love and respect that all humans long for.
 

A F. (132)
Sunday November 10, 2013, 5:45 pm
We gotta share this planet, why are some so unwilling to open up to the idea of getting along? Don't focus on differences, focus on similarities, and then it all becomes clear so quickly.
 

Alexandra Rodda (177)
Sunday November 10, 2013, 7:29 pm
This is so sad. Remarkable that it is so persistent and pervasive.
It's like endemic mould that reappears every time there is a lot of cold and rain so that everything gets damp.
Generally these kind of things flare up when there is increased hardship for the population. Then people look around for "others" to blame and to punish. It is yet another harm dome by the "austerity" policies.
 

Glenn Byrnes (192)
Monday November 11, 2013, 12:47 am
As a Jew, this worries me. Thank you for posting this. Noted.
 

Louise D. (38)
Monday November 11, 2013, 1:43 am
I only experieced ant-semitism once on a bus this drunk man went on about hating Jews, to which a guy said that there was a Synagogue near by why don't they go there instead. However, my Dad says it is very common in business these days and The Protocols of the elders of Zion are quoted regularly which gven their popularity n the middle east suggests they may of got those ideas from elsewhere.
 

Past Member (0)
Monday November 11, 2013, 2:11 am
I think that antisemitism of the eighties seems "rooted less in religion or contempt and more in envy, jealously and fear" of Jewish affluence, and of the hidden power of "Jewish money". It also appears that the monolithic secular ideology, which, like the monolithic state religion it replaced, views serious practitioners of Judaism, Islam, and other belief systems as outsiders. It seems that tribalism remains a problem.
 

Alfred Donovan (46)
Monday November 11, 2013, 2:42 am
This is a problem that seems to have been with us forevermore there seems to be no end to it.This attitude is born out of ignorance and I have even heard so called fundamentalists come out with some shocking anti Semitic statements you would think that these people who profess to be Christian's would know better.They seem to forget that Jesus and the apostles were in the beginning all Jews.Jesus was not a Christian , Christianity was born out of his death.History should be grateful to the Jewish people for their contribution in medicine and in science not forgetting technology even the processor used in your computer was invented by a Jew. without this non of us would be able access the internet.Jews have made an incalculable contribution to the world and should be thanked for it.
 

. (0)
Monday November 11, 2013, 8:01 am
Very disturbing. That stuff belongs in the past. Thanks for sharing, Cal.
 

Theodore Shayne (56)
Monday November 11, 2013, 10:27 am
Noted & posted. The sad thing is that we never seem to learn the lessons from the past. How often religion is used by our leaders to proclaim that we are god's elect and therefore special and those heretics outside must be eradicated.
The PTBs use our religion; color; sex; philosophy and ideologies to pit us in violent confrontations against each other. It's just another way through war and genocide to rid the areas of unwanted population and install regimes that are more pliable and amenable to the Big Six coming in and raping the countries of their resources.
Divide and conquer from the Latin divide et impera is an age old tactic. Any means is of accomplishing it is acceptable. The end game is to get the world to accept the yoke and thereby cede all their individual rights and freedoms to a one world government ruling over ten reorganized economic sectors. So long as we are willing participants in our own specie's demise we will continue to have wars and prejudice and stupidity will prevail.
 

Roger Garin-michaud (113)
Monday November 11, 2013, 12:24 pm
you can add Australia to the list, we have also a worrying trend of physical aggression against Jews in the Streets of Sydney and Melbourne !
This increase started with the proliferation of the BDS ideology amongst uneducated brain washed youths
noted, thanks
 

Winn Adams (203)
Monday November 11, 2013, 1:10 pm
The people who do this are sad and pathetic and small minded people. They put such energy into discriminating that they have no time for anything else but hating those that are not just like themselves. We must never forget what happened during WWII and never turn our backs on these disgusting and despicable people. This was wrong many years ago and it's still wrong today.
 

Birgit W. (152)
Monday November 11, 2013, 2:45 pm
Thanks.
 

Sheri Schongold (7)
Monday November 11, 2013, 5:25 pm
Anti-Semitism will always be a part of life as long as there are people on this earth. The muslims are very good at it as are a lot of people from Germany and other countries of their ilk, matter of fact, in every country and on every continent. I think penguins and polar bears are about the only ones who don't care You will find anti-Semitism everywhere and anywhere. Jews have always been persecuted and that will never change. That it is the Jews now, all other religions had best watch out, they will soon be on the list. Of course, if you are muslim!!
 

Mitchell D. (132)
Monday November 11, 2013, 5:37 pm
Tribalism is a part of the issue: the "us" versus the "them," mentality.
Once again, you can't argue with stupid: "The Protocols of the Elders of Zion," was written by the KGB of Russia, decades ago, and paraded as real, but later fully acknowledged by the KGB itself, if i recall correctly.
However, if you were to try to tell these blind idiots of that, they would "know" that you were part of the International Jewish Conspiracy (the brain child of Henry Ford).

I believe that one major basis for this is the story of Jesus' death, as told in the Bible, with Judas setting Jesus up .
Well...if one wants to go by those fairy tales, one must recognize that the tales include the concept of God having an agenda having to do with the death of "His only Son!" So, instead of cursing Judas, and the Jews, for all these centuries, Judas and the Jews ought to have been applauded for having such a central role in God's plans
But, then , that is not how one would go about building a power base in a new religion, is it?
 

pam w. (191)
Monday November 11, 2013, 6:40 pm
Well said, Mitchell! Well said.
 

Madhu Pillai (22)
Monday November 11, 2013, 6:44 pm
Noted
 

Joanne Dixon (40)
Monday November 11, 2013, 7:35 pm
It truly boggles my mind that the same so-called Christians who use the Old Testament (woefully mistranslated) to condemn gays and babble about "traditional marriage" (while ignoring commands which should, in context, bear equal weight not to wear blended fabrics or touch the skin of of a dead pig - that's right, no football) seem incapable of giving the same respect to passages such as "I will bless them that bless thee, and curse him that curseth thee: and in thee shall all families of the earth be blessed," and "Thou art an holy people unto the Lord thy God, and the Lord hath chosen thee to be a peculiar people unto himself, above all the nations that are upon the earth." In fact, many have appropriated these to themselves as Gentile Christians - something Jesus certainly never said and I believe would have been shocked by.

Perhaps many would be anti-Semitic anyway, through envy, but at least that would be more honest than trying to appropriate a designation given to the Jews, and to the Jews only, and never rescinded.
 

Kit B. (276)
Monday November 11, 2013, 7:42 pm

There are some very good, well thought out comments here. Thank you all. I would just want to remind Louise that The Protocols of the Elders of Zion is a hoax. The book was concocted to be used for anti-semitic propaganda.
 

Ben B. (39)
Monday November 11, 2013, 9:22 pm
It seems that anti-Semitism is a perennial problem for every generation everywhere.
Many Jewish organisations have addressed this issue, noting that it is part of a wider trend toward racism. For example:
a) the Anti-Defamation League and the Simon Wiesenthal Centre, have raised awareness of anti-Semitism and brought charges against those who promote it,
b) in Sydney, Australia, the Sydney Jewish Museum regularly host secondary school students and others on tours through the museum and their outreach program called Courage to Care, is an education program about righteous gentiles who had the courage to assist Jews during the Holocaust; the program also brings that principle into the present, honouring those who intervene when they witness anti-Semitic acts and so pass the threshold of being silent bystanders.
c) I served for two years on the NSW Jewish Board of Deputies, whose brief includes ensuring the safety of the Jewish community, which in part includes multiple education programs and strategies, &
d) also in Sydney, the Community Security Group, regularly assesses security threats and provides security guards at all Jewish institutions.

It is a major effort; that the effort is still required simply illustrates the enduring nature of the problem.

I endorse Kit's comments about the Protocols', which were written by a group of Tsarist Russian Army Officers alleging world conspiracies etc. The centuries old blood libel and the Protocols' have formed the basis of anti-Semitism for many for many years.
 

june t. (66)
Monday November 11, 2013, 11:15 pm
it saddens me... what does it take to get through to these hateful people...
 

Julie W. (22)
Monday November 11, 2013, 11:52 pm
I'm still searching for the original basis for anti-Jewish sentiment. It seems to go way back in history, but when, why and how did it start? It started before Christ was born.
 

Christopher Fowler (84)
Tuesday November 12, 2013, 6:58 am
What I am about to say may seem anti-semitic, but it is only an honest assessment based on what I have seen and experienced in my travels and from recorded history:

While this is a problem that DOES need to die off, I can actually understand why it is still cropping up. It is born of the arrogance of SOME of the Jewish community; not here in the US so much as it is more predominant in Israel. Jews from Israel tend, for the largest part, to be arrogant and unrepentant in their feeling that they are superior to all others, giving them the false impression that they (and by association, all Jews) are above reproach for their actions. This does harm to the rest of the Jewish community worldwide and destabilizes peace, both social and political.

Fact is that until THAT particular group of Jews learns to play nice with everyone around them, then no Jews will be safe and the anti-semitism will, sadly enough, continue. The hardest part is that this is born from a time long before the rise of Christianity, when the Jewish people were a war-like nation. That was reborn with the establishment of a Jewish state and is a tradition that needs to end in order for their opponents to stop their fighting. Sadly, they got what they wanted; a Jewish state, established at the end of WWII, but that has appeared to not be enough for those who still consider themselves superior to all other people, thinking themselves to be the "chosen of God" at the expense of peaceful relations with those around them.

The Israeli Jews have moved back to their ancient conqueror ways. The anti-semitism was undeserved since the fall of the Roman Empire, but now it is a growing problem that has resulted in a backlash against them; a backlash that only they can stop, by teaching their opponents that they can learn another way.
 

Sheila S. (65)
Tuesday November 12, 2013, 11:45 pm
Of all the nations in the world that has tried to recompense for its past, Germany is to be acknowledged for its attempts to correct the ignorance it formerly perpetuated. For this statement to come from one of its institutions fighting to create change, is a sad commentary:
"Anti-Semitism is acceptable again," Anetta Kahane, director of a German anti-discrimination group, told the BBC. "It must be said clearly those who say something anti-Semitic tacitly legitimize physical attacks on Jews."
 

Lauren Berrizbeitia (68)
Friday November 15, 2013, 3:42 am
This is terrifying! I'm starting to wonder if humans will ever learn.
 

. (0)
Monday November 18, 2013, 1:31 pm
Christopher Fowler, I couldn't have said it better myself, thank you :)
 
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