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The Jewish Struggle for Universal Human Rights

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One of the conundrums associated with the enduring nature of global anti-Semitism which has soared exponentially in recent years, is why, having made such disproportionate contributions towards all levels of civilization and left major imprints on science

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patrica and edw jones (190)
Thursday August 30, 2012, 2:35 am
Being anti-semetic today gets Global headlines. People always want to serve up what is popular. They do not want to debate rationally or have a differing opinion for fear of being ostracised. They must have their sycophantic hangers-on - it is their very life blood. If you are different - you are OUT.
The Jews have - and will continue to have mostly - the hatred and dislike of their fellow man - it's the nature of the beast, sadly. Thanks for the post Stan. Can't send another star yet.

Stan B (123)
Thursday August 30, 2012, 2:51 am
This is one of the biggest paradoxes of all time. The people who have contributed so much to humanity are subjected to so much hatred and persecution.
Thanks as ever P& E.

Beatrice B (112)
Thursday August 30, 2012, 3:15 am
It sems that babies naturally take in anti-semitism with their mothers' milk. If asked why they hate Jews, people look puzzled, "I just do."
I have found this is part of history. Remember Shylock? Hitler?
The first account of anti-semitism in the bible is in the story of Ruth. For more accounts see

Thursday August 30, 2012, 4:01 am
Jews and Israel will never get much sympathy. Throughout history in spite of being a numerically small group, Jews bounce back from massacres, programs, ghettoization and other travails. This is because they have always placed a high value on education and skills (that are eminently portable as one is chased hither and thither) and have developed a tendency to turn problems into opportunities. Independent, successful and resourceful people are hard to manipulate and represent possible competition. Whingeing dependant beggars on the other hand are eminently malleable and can be smiled upon as their benefactors gaze smugly downwards. Most of humanity’s formal sympathy and material aid is based upon the conscious or unconscious programmed-in desire to have power over the weaker and self-sufficiency is the biggest of all threats to the manipulators.

Gene J (290)
Thursday August 30, 2012, 6:06 am
"This is one of the biggest paradoxes of all time."

It is and it isn't, Stan. I've done a good bit of reading on this topic and came to the conclusion many years ago that the basic reason for antisemitism is that no matter where they have been since the diaspora, they don't assimilate. Not in the way most immigrants will ultimately do. They remain in conclaves, don't intermarry, and practice their religion and culture within a bubble in the larger society. This isn't "wrong", but it does give the people who live around them suspicions and from suspicion is born envy, hate, a sense of "other" not we. This has always been true and though there are certainly exceptions, this isolation from the outside world, as it does with other such communities, the Amish for example, gives rise to resentments which become entrenched and sometimes fanned into flames by people who would find any reason for their ills other than to accept their own role in creating them. This is not universally true of Jews, certainly not in America, but anywhere, any group, does not ultimately become part of the culture they join, this kind of unthinking bias erupts. History has proven this repeatedly and not just in antisemitism but certainly as well in any Islamic country, if you do not join the majority, you become pariahs. Thankfully, apart from Islamic countries, we've stopped, mostly, actively killing or discriminating against groups who choose to remain apart, but historically, I think this is the reason behind antisemitism. I think Israel a true oasis for the Jewish people, one that must be protected and if Arabs lay claim to that land because of prior possession, well, too bad, the Jews, and the other 11 tribes, were there long before any Arab nation. They are a resilient people worthy of admiration and in some places they actually get it. I loved the historical fiction of Herman Wouk, I learned more about WWII from him in Winds of War and War and Remembrance, than I did any textbook, and his two novels of settling Palestine, The Hope and The Glory are magnificent as well - and of course his other works as well beginning with the Caine Mutiny. We owe a lot to the Jews, a debt most will not even acknowledge in their unseemly and unreasoning hatred of a proud and valuable people.

Jay S (116)
Thursday August 30, 2012, 6:14 am
Perhaps there is more than a little jealousy of the Jews who, even when heavily persecuted and oppressed, managed to be successful at what they were allowed to do. They have a philosophy that encourages imagination and search, proved by the fact that the Jews, who are only about 14million in the world, have produced 185 Nobel Prize winners, mostly in Sciences and Mathematics.

Compare that to the Muslims, whose religion discourages imagination and thinking outside of the box, they, at 1.5billion, have only managed to produce 10 Nobel Prize winners, mostly for 'Peace', and several of these have been vilified as not being 'real' Muslims, or not the right kind of Muslim. Very different attitude to the openess in Jewish thinking.

Kit B (276)
Monday September 3, 2012, 11:51 pm

There has been an increase in sales of that hoax of a book: "The Protocols...." if you don't know the rest, you will not get it from me. Indeed it is very true and as yet, I have not found a complete explanation that addresses this current phenomena. It should be distressing to all people and not just Jews, when one group is targeted, all groups will suffer, we are all still human beings. We eat, sleep, cry, laugh, love our families and care for each other and the world around us.

Targeting one group with hate brings hate from that and other groups. I realize that Jews are just people, but we are also a people that have lived through enough hate. We should be the last group of people to ever slander others, we do know what it is like to live with suspicion and open hate for no reason other than a birth right.

Thanks Stan! Sorry that I can not send you a Green Star just yet.
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