Why the Jews?


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Why the Jews?

Short answer: The Jews gave the world the Ten Commandments, and the world has never forgiven them.

Long answer: Many Jew-haters through the ages have tried to blame the Jews for Jew-hatred, asserting for example that the Jews are rich and therefore spark envy (while ignoring the obvious fact that many others are as rich or richer), the Jews are poor and dirty (ignoring that many others are as poor or poorer, as dirty or dirtier), the Jews are clannish (but failing to note that one man’s “clannish” is another man’s “ethnic loyalty”), the Jews are boastful (but one man’s “boastful” is another man’s “well-earned self-esteem”), etc. Obviously, none of the above, or various other accusations of similar ilk, offers a rational answer to the question of why Jew-hatred is the oldest, most ubiquitous, and most virulent social pathology.

But recently a modern Jew-hater has proffered another reason to explain why Jews are to blame for Jew-Hatred.  Her contribution to this millennia-old question is that Jew-hatred is an honest response to an undesirable Jewish characteristic: “chutzpah.”[i] But this time I think the she almost got it right.  After all, “chutzpah,” usually translated as “nerve” or “gall” in the sense of a willingness to defy convention or behave in a manner inconsistent with dominant social mores (as in: “How dare he do that! He’s got a lot of nerve!”), can be very discomforting, even threatening, to those who accept convention and conform to the demands of the dominant society.

So this assertion almost hits the proverbial nail right on its proverbial head.  Jewish “chutzpah” is indeed, “A,” but not “THE,” problem.

It is important to note that Jews are different, and always have been.  According to the Jewish Scriptures, it is their divine destiny to be different. We learn this from the non-Jewish prophet Balaam, in Numbers 23:9 (“…Lo it [Israel] is a people that shall dwell alone, and shall not be reckoned among the nations”).

And, indeed, enough of world Jewry have lived their lives in a way to fulfill this destiny that Jewish history is an attestation to being different.  But it takes a lot of “chutzpah” to be different.  Social pressure, especially when exercised with violence and intimidation, can be very difficult, dangerous, even lethal, when one displays the “chutzpah” to face up to it, and to stare it down.

For 2,000 thousand years, from Abraham to Jesus, when the world reveled in polytheism, the Jews had the “chutzpah” to say “NO…there is only one God”…and to then suffer the enmity and the derision of the polytheists.  For 2,000 years since the onset of Christianity, the Jews have had the “chutzpah” to say “NO…there is more than one way to worship God, there is more than one path to the Father; and we Jews prefer our path”…and to then suffer the brutal, soul-withering, relentless, lethal Jew-hatred of much of the Christian world, a hatred that reached its apotheosis in the Holocaust.  For 1,400 years since the onset of Islam, the Jews faced the Moslem world with the same message….and suffered the dhimmitude and persecution that Islam imposed upon the “People of the Book”.

Inherent in the Jewish message of the right to be different is the assertion that all humanity has that same right, and no one should be persecuted for choosing a different path of communion with God.  That is a message that we Jews have had the “chutzpah” to relate, on a daily basis for 4,000 years, to a world which for the most part did not want to hear it.  And it is only in the past 300 years (since the Enlightenment period in Europe) that this message has begun to take root in the West.  Intolerance has most of the Middle East still mired in a medieval mindset. Some people are slower learners than others.

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  • elrenau

    The Jews were also the people that GOD chose to bring to the world JESUS …. the most loved and hated Jew of all time.

    • popseal

      Jews are persecuted because they were 'chosen' to bring forth the Messiah. Christians are hated because they receive the Messiah. Christians are 'adopted' into the Jewish heritage and join their Jewish brethren in being the objects of hatred most everywhere.

  • elihew

    The Question: "Why the Jews"; the Answer is in the Holy Bible; in many places…

  • tarleton

    Inherent in the Jewish message of the right to be different is the assertion that all humanity has that same right, and no one should be persecuted for choosing a different path of communion with God.
    —————————========================
    ''Thou shalt have no other God before me ''…..is that Jewish Tolerance ?

    On a different note , I'ts foolish to have a multi -cultural view of ''Gods'' IE ..that all Gods are different but equal , as it was the Gift of the Jews to bring mankind ETHICAL MONOTHEISM ….all Gods are most certainly not EQUAL..!.are the cruel pagan Gods of the Vikings different but equal to the moral God of the Bible ? How about the primitive polytheistic, human sacrificing Gods of the Aztecs , or the blood lusting Gods of the barbarian tribes that fought Rome , or the capritcious , moody Gods of ancient Greece ?

    hmmm…. the intellectual Jews were a major leap forward in the ethical evolution of Gods ; after all , the Gods people create are an indicator of their moral frame of mind , even if paradoxically , in a broad sense , all Gods are illusionary

    • stern

      way to misunderstand completely. Why is it "intolerant" for G-d to say "You shall have no other god before me"? G-d said that, not the Jewish people. And in saying so, He pretty much put the kibosh on believing in a "Holy Trinity" – so maybe that's were you come in?

      Or do you have a problem with the fact that Judaism is anti idol-worship? If so, why? Judaism does not discriminate against other monotheistic religions – while the other most certainly discriminate against Jews.

    • crypticguise

      ''Thou shalt have no other God before me '' is a Commandment to the Jews, not others. Jews have never proselytised.

      I am a Christian and I believe that, indeed, Jews are God's chosen people. Since God spoke to Abraham, Jews have had a unique experience in that they were given by God rules to guide them in life. The Ten Commandments and other of 600+ commandments have guided practicing Jews for thousands of years.

      The Jews had the written word, directions from God and a written history for several thousands of years before Christians added the New Testament. In whatever society the Jews have lived apart, they have succeeded. There is indeed something unique about the Jewish people.

    • guest

      maybe its the sheer narcissism? sorry,ask anyone. this article and many self aggrandizing comments illustrate the point

  • tarleton

    Let's face it , the human mind has been hardwired to believe in a ''God '' by the random and bloody process of evolution ….a desire and craving for a father figure , bodyguard , big brother , insurance policy in a cruel and dangerous world ….the human mind's panicky flight from a blood splattered and hostile reality ?

    • palidin911

      "Hardwired to believe" On what evidence? Is it empirical evidence, or something less tangible called faith.

  • Josie De Luca

    Anti-semitism is a bad thing. But no worse than any bigotry, racism, zenophobia. Maybe things would generally improve for jews in the 21st century if they lived by example. The bible says 'do unto others as you would have done to you'. Pretty straightforward advice.
    So…
    Step 1. all this islamophobia crap has got to go.

    You don't need an iq of any more than 30 to understand that indulging in bigotry, racism and xeonphobia just breeds more of the same.

    Move on folks.

    • grizzlyabrams

      indeed. what goes around …comes around,.

      • tarleton

        even your stupidity …and that's what you've gotta watch out for

        • DavidH

          You've obviously not been watching

    • tarleton

      you'd be foolish not to engage in a kind of phobia against people who desire to murder you …haha !

      • ipa

        Really? why's that?

        • tarleton

          because if you don't you may be on the recieving end of a well earned Darwin Award….nature has a way of getting rid of the fools

          • fgop

            It's like bloody animal farm on this website. I thought good people denounced racism, intolerance, bigorty and xenophobia? I'll try to remember that now… Bad people are against those things!! Bad people!!

          • tarleton

            Does your mother know you're playing with the keyboards ?

          • fgop

            tarleton to frozen foods! tarleton to frozen foods!

      • reembambeet

        This is an interesting point. The KKK probably think the same thing about black people. Let's vilify them because they might rape or even marry your daughter one day.

        • tarleton

          and exactly how many black folk are suicide bombers , practice gender aparthite and wish to murder the infidels .?..you sound like a product of the post modern school of tolerance …..haha ! it's about as much sense as the jew who decides to tolerate the Nazi

          • DaveC

            Hey like someone pointed out below… the OT is full of jewish guys murdering infidels. and it's still happening in the 21st centrury in palestine.
            So what are you going to do about it whitey?

          • Tanya

            Oh shut up and read up on what is going on in your beloved "Palestine" you moron!

          • MixMChess

            Actually, the bible stories are for a very specific time and place and have no current basis in Jewish law. Some have even argued the stories of conquest are allegorical and have no basis in fact.

            As for what's happening in Israel now, there is no Jewish-inspired hatred of Arabs or the Palestinians. Israel seeks peace with its Palestinian neighbors. Over 20% of Israelis are Arab/Muslims, who enjoy equal rights. In the W. Bank and Gaza, the Palestinian population has actually increased under Israeli influence – over 81% from 1993-2004 alone. Your libel won't work here.

    • SpiritOf1683

      Obviously the world started on 10th September 2001 for you and has remained on that date ever since. Muslims have tried to destroy Western civilization since the 600s and haven't stopped trying. The means today towards achieving that goal is simple demographics – outbreeding us in our own backyards. And if Muslims even get up to 30% of the population here, it will mean Sharia law becoming the law of the land. And on present demographics, that day is 100 years away or less for many Western countries. You obviously know nothing about Islam and Sharia law. You remain clueless because you want to be clueless, and that is because you don't want to leave your woolly headed Imagine imbecility bubble, and anyone who is at odds with your inane sentiments is a bigot and a racist, and there is no bigotry, racism and misogyny worse than the teachings of Islam. It is just as well that 'Islamophobes' like Martel, Pelayo and Sobieski existed, because had they been like yourself, there would have been no such thing as Western civilization.

      • grizzlyabrams

        Sounds like you're really going out of your way to justify bigotry, xenophobia, intolerance, vilificaiton, and racism as a legitimate response to your paranoia.

        You only live once. That means you only have one chance to live a good life and be a positive influence to the world around you.. …or to be extra ..i.e. someone the world could easily and gladly do without.
        Your choice.

        • Josie De Luca

          Hitler justified the holocaust because he was convinced..and convinced the german people that the jews would destroy germany…and western europe. I wonder how many idiots who lap up this islamophobic crap are secretly, and perhaps not so secretly, wetting themselves at the thought of another holocausts with muslims as their victims.

          • tarleton

            and exactly how many jews declared homicidal jhihad against the german people ?…you're another one lacking critical thinking skills….CHILD

          • fgop

            Ha, HA, HA, HA!!! Critical thinking skills!!! … now that IS another hilarious comment?

            You're trying to justify racism, intolerance, xenophobia, and bigotry. You're smart…. ooops!

          • tarleton

            well , I'm not denying that I'm xenophobic , bigoted and intolerant of those who declare their aim is to murder me …you sound like you spend alot of time watching american idol

          • FWest

            You probably get people telling you they're going to murder you all the time.

            I'm not surprised.

          • tarleton

            go home moron

          • Soninlawofsam

            All in good time sonny, all in good time.

          • Tanya

            and Bridezillas too by the sound of him!

        • tarleton

          and with this moronic desire for tolerance you just may not get to live out the remainder of this one

          • Josie De Luca

            Sorry, in the twisted mind of the right wing fascist extremist, tolerance is a bad thing. Damn i keep forgetting that!!

          • tarleton

            sorry but I have little tolerance for fools , knaves and morons

          • grek

            knaves? LOL! Did your mum just buy you a thesaurus? LOL!!! Idiot!

          • tarleton

            your momma should be slapped

          • JihadWatch

            I'm with yours right now…and the room's already paid for! LOL.

          • tarleton

            beat it wank spanner

          • Ben_Shapiro (C)

            tarleton, anymore off-topic comments, and you'll be banned from the site. You've been reported 7 times already this morning.

        • SpiritOf1683

          And you're ging out of your way to avoid picking up a history book. It seems as if a decent history book about 100 years old has the same effect on you as a crucifix or sunlight upon a vampire. It is thickos like you who help to destroy civilizations from within.

    • Tziona

      "Step 1. all this Islamophobia crap has got to go."

      Spoken like the truly ignorant. Clearly you don't the history of Jews in the Dar al-Islam (Islamic world). Now let's see, where to begin? Oh yeah, Muhammed. Muhammed slaughtered 800 Jews in the market place of Yathrib (a majority Jewish town in Arabia, now known as Medina, perhaps you've heard of it). Muslims call this the "Battle of the Trench" but it was no battle, it was a massacre of Jewish civilians who Mohammed in his Jew-hatred accused of conspiracy because they wouldn't follow him. They were rounded up, bound and their heads cut off over a trench dug in the market place. That was just the men; the women, children and all their property were taken as booty. This murderer, this Mohammed, is considered the Inhsan al-Kamil, the perfect example of conduct for all muslims to emulate.
      (continued…)

      • htorisl

        Who did the old israelites slaughter in the old testament? I guess all those massacres don't count. statute of limitations must come into play for anything before 33AD…. or is it 34AD?

        • Josie De Luca

          Maybe the massacres in the OT didn't really happen. In other words, they were made up. If that was the case, perhaps that would absolve the jewish people who lived 2500 years ago of any blame.

          • ipa

            Josie, the problem is that there are jewish people living today who do believe in thier veracity and stand by those ancient massacres as having been for the greater good. I guess kind of like some muslims do with Mohammed.

            like 2 peas in a pod.

          • MikeGiles

            Uh, no. If you've ever read a bible – which I kind of doubt based upon the stupidity of your answer – you'd know that the Lord was quite specific on which tribes to slaughter and where to slaughter them at. To make it simple (for the simple minded), his command was to slaughter the non Hebrews WITHIN the land he has given them. Outside of that area the were to be at peace with their neighbors. Islam commands it's followers to make war upon ALL non Muslims wherever and whenever possible, until they submit to Islam. Let me put this in in a way that even knuckleheads like you can understand. The difference between Judaism and Islam, is the difference between having run some "trespassers" out of your house years ago and having stolen the house in the first place, still being constantly at war with the rest of the entire neighborhood, from the day you moved in, right up to the present day. Closed versus open ended.

          • tarleton

            dude ! …no one 0ver 14 years old should be this idiotic …your mind is just a block of lard

          • grizzlyabrams

            Ahh…are all your fantasies being blown away? what a shame.

        • tarleton

          the public schooling system has failed you miserably …life has got some very unpleasant surprises in store for you …..haha !

          • grizzlyabrams

            you laugh a lot. Weirdo.

          • tarleton

            you morons are more funny than Dennis Miller

          • grek

            more funny?

        • Tziona

          Yes there were a whole bunch of slaughtering going on in ancient times, but the wars in the "old testament" i.e. the Jewish bible, were of their time and their place, there is no commandment in the "old testament" that this should be the way to behave in all times and in all places against anyone in general or anyone specifically (except Amalek, and they disappeared 2500 years ago). This is not the case with Islam and the Koran, Islamic law is very specific about how Muslims should treat Jews and it's not favourably. If you don't believe me (and why would you, I'm Jewish?), go read this Islamic text yourself.

          • JihadWatch

            Go tell that to those jewish-armed-to-the teeth rightwing loonies in the occupied west bank.
            Fellow lunatic David Koresh of Wacko texas fame, would be proud.

          • Tziona

            They already know it. Koresh was not Jewish. And you have nothing to do with JihadWatch so quit the impersonation.

          • grizzlyabrams

            Indeed Koresh was not jewish…but he was a dangerous maniac like the west bank m16 wielding settlers. That was the comparison i believe.
            So the west bank settlers have been disowned by moderate and decent minded israelis/jewish people? If that's the case, why don't sites like this and spencers hate machine turn thier sites on them? The world would be a better place if even blatant hypocrits like horowitz and spencer and co condemned them.
            Perhaps the reason sites like this and spencers trash don't condemn these guys is because they are neither moderate or decent.

          • Tziona

            There is not similarity between Koresh and the Jewish settlers in the disputed territories. That was the answer I believe.You can propogandize all you want, but asserting it is so don't make it so. The reason people don't bow to your wishes and condemn the settlers as you would like is because they don't confuse propoganda with reality as you do.

          • grizzlyabrams

            LOL…where's the confusion? And what's the difference between the mad armed cultists of wacko and the mad armed gangsters of the occupied west bank?

          • MixMChess

            The W. Bank settlers are not gangsters, and they are only armed to PROTECT themselves from Palestinian violence. From 2000-2010, 242 Israeli civilians were killed by Palestinians in the West Bank and Gaza Strip, while only 47 Palestinians were killed by Israeli civilians. MOST of the Palestinians were killed while attempting to INFILTRATE settlements for TERRORIST attacks or while ATTACKING Israelis.

          • MixMChess

            Nearly all of the major settlement institutions harshly condemn any violence committed by Jews against the Palestinians.

            Conversely, Hamas, Islamic Jihad, Fatah and other Palestinian Terrorist groups actively encourage violence and murder of Jewish Settlers.

            To be quite frank, Spencer has bigger fish to fry with the Islamists and Palestinian terrorists.

          • Tanya

            Why do you call yourself JihadWatch moron? Do you know who you are trying to impersonate?

          • MixMChess

            Nonsense… the major settlement institutions harshly condemn any violence committed by Jews against the Palestinians. For instance, a leading W. Bank religious leader, Rabbi Menachem Froman stated that targeting Palestinians is "an act of hurting humanity." And opposed any efforts to stymie building relationships with the Palestinians. Additionally, the Yesha Council, which is the umbrella organization of municipal councils of Jewish settlements in the West Bank and Gaza Strip, condemned any violence against Palestinians.

            Conversely, Hamas, Islamic Jihad, Fatah and other Palestinian Terrorist groups actively encourage violence and murder of Jewish Settlers.

            Just look at the facts… from 2000-2010, 242 Israeli civilians were killed by Palestinians in the West Bank and Gaza Strip, while only 47 Palestinians were killed by Israeli civilians. MOST of the Palestinians were killed while attempting to INFILTRATE settlements for TERRORIST attacks or while ATTACKING Israelis.

          • MikeGiles

            Being armed to the teeth, helps to keep Islamo-cowards from sneaking in (those 3 month old babies in their cradles can be so dangerous) and killing families in their sleep.

        • SpiritOf1683

          Those Jewish-invcented medicines and vaccines were clearly wasted on you.

    • MixMChess

      Jews are not responsible for islamophobia – in fact groups such as the ADL fight agaist it. Glad you blamed the Jews for another one of the world's problems.

  • Tziona

    (…continuation)

    Then there was what Muslims call "the Battle of Khaybar". Again, this wasn't actually a battle, it was a dawn raid on a village of Jewish farmers at the oasis of Khaybar. The pretext for this razzia was that some Jews from Yathrib (Medina) had managed to escape the round up and found refuge in Khaybar. It was a slaughter, well armed bandits against farmers trying to defend themselves with farm implements. Women, children and property were taken as booty, but Mohammed was sure there was more 'treasure' to be had. And as the leader of the community had been captured alive, Mohammed did what any holy-man would do, he tortured him (by having him tied down and a fire built on his chest). After his death Mohammed took the man's wife and "married" her, but she supposedly tried to poison him and Mohammed's death many years later is thus blamed on the Jews in the same way Jesus's death was used as a pretext against the Jews in Europe.
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    • htorisl

      You want to use the alleged crimes of Mohammed in the 7th century as justification and a pretext for the persecution of muslims in the 21st century.
      How depressing can you get.

      • tarleton

        We don't need to use the crimes of muslims in the 7th century when we have the recent outrages of the 21st century that should be obvious to anyone but the willfully blind ….watch out dude , you sound like just the type of twit who tries to promote the ''religion of peace ''even when he finds himself on a jhihadist decapitation video

        • fgop

          Well you may have a point. i guess judaism never promotes itself as a religion of peace.

          • Tziona

            Right, Judaism never promotes itself period, Judaism does not seek converts. Unlike Christianity and Islam, Judaism is about the survival of the Jewish people, not demanding the whole world join us, it's worked for 3000 years. Do you have a problem with our existence?

          • DavidH

            for a christian, judaism is a dead religion. That's essentially what coulter said a couple of years ago.

          • Tziona

            So? [shrug] Christians are free to think what they like.

          • SpiritOf1683

            It would have been a dead religion if the likes of yoursel;f and your fellow antisemites who posted here had their way. To you, the only issue you have with Hitler is that he didn't murder enough Jews.

          • MixMChess

            That's not what she said at all. Coulter actually stated that she felt Jews were incomplete Christians and she strongly backed off that remark when she was accused of antisemitism. In fact she was deeply hurt when she realized that her comments may have been offensive to Jews.

          • MixMChess

            Judaism explicitly forbids harm to others and does not call for war or aggression. Jews are commanded to "repair the world" not convert, destroy or submit it.

      • Tziona

        Jews have no interest in persecuting Muslims, we just want them to stop persecuting us. Unlike the Sharia (as per the Koran), which calls for the conversion, oppression or death of Jews and Christians, based on Mohammed's 7th century example, there is no similar rulings in Jewish law.

        • JihadWatch

          LOL.!! you haven't been paying attention in class have you! What do think the mission statement is at Frontpagerag? It's all about persecution of muslims you moron. Look at the state of israel… it's all about persecution of muslims you moron. WAKE UP!

          • Tziona

            Same old, same old. When you can't find a winning argument throw an insult – the old ways are the best ways aren't they? Come on get out of the closet, you know you're a conservative at heart.

          • SpiritOf1683

            Muslims have NEVER ben persecuted by anyone other than their fellow Muslims, brickbrain.

          • MixMChess

            Israel actually guarantees the equal rights of its Muslim citizens. Israel has actively sought to protect and provide benefits to Muslims. Just look at the IDF teams that have provided relief, humanitarian aid and disaster relief to places like Turkey, Iran, Pakistan and Indonesia over the past 60 years.

          • Hinda39

            Let's see Israel gives the Arabs ability to drive, vote, work, get clean water, buildings, mosques. Does Egypt give Jews and Christians this? No. Does Transjordan? No. Does Hezbollah-Lebanon? No. How about Saudi? How many churches, synagogues Hindu temples are there? 0. How many non-Israel lives were saved by Israel against her in-house enemy the "Palestinians"? The first human being to use the exoskeleton was not Jewish or Israeli but a "Palestinian." who was injured when his father tried to make a bomb! "JihadWatch" What size is your human shield?

      • SpiritOf1683

        The example was set in the 7th century. Within 100 years of Mohammed's death, half the then Christian world had been overrun, and Zoroastrian Persia as well. Islam conquered its way from the Iberian Peninsular to the gates of India, the Italian mainland and to within 200 miles of the South Coast of England by 732 AD. Mohammed was a mass murderer, Jesus wasnt, and neither was Buddha. Had Martel lost at Tours, the entire West would have spent the last 1,000 years or more as part of a caliphate. Its time you learned history, but you won't because you won't like what you would discover.

      • MikeGiles

        No clown, it is the MUSLIMS THEMSELVES who see the actions of the Prophet as right behavior to be emulated as much as possible.

  • Tziona

    (…continuation)

    Perhaps you've heard of the Battle of Khaybar, Islamists often chant "Khaybar, Khaybar ya Yahud, jaysh Mohammed saya'ud" (Khaybar, Khaybar, oh you Jews, the armies of Mohammed shall return) at demonstrations targeting a Jewish audience, apparently it's supposed to scare us. Though in reality it just reminds us how evil these people are.

    These stories are narrated with glee and pride in the ahadith and sunna of Islam, and the Koran is replete with anti-Jewish invective.

    So, do Jews have a phobia about Islam? Not at all, we have a healthy disdain for our oppressors and realistic view of how they think about us based on OUR history as their victims.

    (Actually too few Jews even know this history, and many, particularly Ashkenazic liberal and secular Jews want to pretend it never happened. But that's another topic.)

    • tarleton

      I guess the fools on this thread are what Horowitz would call the unholy alliance between Islam and Leftists ….these fools don't seem malicious , just clueless enablers and other useful idiots ……the MTV and american idol imbeciles

      • Pet

        Frontpagerag is the home of idiots…from the idiot who runs the site , to the idiots who write articles on the site…right down to idiots like yourself who mindlessly gooble up all the simpleton propoganda they spew out.

        • SpiritOf1683

          What do you know about history or Mohammed? Obviously nothing. You and your sort are sub-amoeboid I.Q. thickos who like to brand as biogots anyone who dares to study a bit of history.

  • htorisl

    So, do Jews have a phobia about Islam? Not at all, we have a healthy disdain for our oppressors and realistic view of how they think about us based on OUR history as their victims.

    **********************************************

    What goes around, comes around. the never-ending cycle of stupidity of which you're the perfect poster-child.

    • tarleton

      What's going on in your cranium ?….. liberalism IS a mental disorder

      • fgop

        ooooohhh …….. right wing extremist logic at it's best.

  • http://www.contextflexed.com Flipside

    Since the author asked, I think it has to be: the narcissism, the theocratically fueled belief that they are above all the other races, the sheer hypocrisy of moral rectitude while swindling others, the posturing as intellectuals only to teach Kabbalah, numerology and pharisaic argumatics, and above all the constant nagging for a special waiver designating them a protected species.

    • Tziona

      Thing is Flipside, Jews don't actually believe "they are above all other races". For one, Jewish is not a race, for two, "chosen people" in the original Hebrew does not mean anything like what you and the other anti-Semites of this world want or assume it to mean. And even if it did, you could just shrug and ignore us and leave us to our delusion, but no that would never do, you are obsessed with us and are determined to punish us for you perceive to be our arrogance, or Hutzpah as the article points out.

      • tarleton

        jews are an ethnicity and a religion

      • http://www.contextflexed.com Flipside

        You can use whatever euphemism you want for race. When it comes down to it, if you want to be a citizen of Israel, you have to have the mom, or the nose, or the ears or some other proof of being a Jew by genetics. When Black Hebrews or Raelians or Branch Davidians or Palestinians try to be Israelis there is much wailing and gnashing of teeth. The first Zionist, Herzl, had the fortitude to call his race a race. He didn’t feel the need for an intellectual hedge fund.

        • Tziona

          You clearly have no idea of the Israeli citizenship laws and clearly believe all the propoganda you've been fed. Israel is a liberal democracy anyone can apply for citizen, except enemies of the state, obviously, just like America and Europe. The Israeli Law of Return fast tracks citizenship applications from Jews (whether black, white, yellow, red or brown) regardless of whether they are Jews by birth or by conversion because a safe haven for Jews (from people like you) in their ancient homeland is the whole purpose of the State of Israel. The Black Hebrews are not recognised as Jews, because their history is actually known, they are a Judaising sect but they have no Jewish roots and proof by assertion doesn't count – it has nothing to do with the colour of their skin. There are plenty of real who are black, there is no contradiction between having a Jewish mom or conversion and being black. There are 2 million Palestinians who are Israeli citizens, the others do not want Israeli citizenship, rather they would prefer to destroy Israel, and in case you haven't noticed they are currently at war with Israel.

          • http://www.contextflexed.com Flipside

            Jews are completely safe around me. I am an American who believes in the Bill of Rights and E Pluribus Unum. Like any other person, if they are racist, or believe in PAC bribery of politicians or use the US as a staging ground for foreign wars while claiming citizenship here and tax dollars, they are not safe from being vilified. It is a lie, however to say that such people need to flee to a little section of the Levant.

          • MixMChess

            "Like any other person, if they are racist, or believe in PAC bribery of politicians or use the US as a staging ground for foreign wars while claiming citizenship here and tax dollars, they are not safe from being vilified."

            AIPAC is a grassroots organization that lobbies congress. If you're looking for bribes look no further than the Arab Lobby and Oil Companies that support them. Saudi Arabia alone hired professional lobbying firms to the tune of over $14 million dollars a year.

            By the way, over 85% of American Jews opposed Iraq and Afghanistan and the Israeli government (Sharon himself) advised against both invasions.

          • http://www.contextflexed.com Flipside

            AIPAC is a tax shelter used to bribe and intimidate politicians into accepting a pro-Israel line in order to get elected. It's part of the dirty machine politics of Chicago which has now insinuated itself into the White House. AIPAC *CRIMINALS* did jail time for committing espionage in the Defense Department. America knows that AIPAC is a slimy organization just like "American" Enterprise Institute and other Israeli front organizations. Every year, AIPAC has to reinvent itself because its candidates disgust the American public by playing our Constitution off key.

            Who cares if Sharon (publicly) opposed the invasion of Iraq. Wolf Blitzer pushed it hard enough. So did Michael Ledeen, Paul Wolfowitz, Richard Perle, and Douglas Feith, all men who should have been deported to Israel.

            Americans don't really hate Bush. They hate his Neocon cabinet. They don't really hate Obama. The hate the Israelized TSA, DHS, police state. We don't want to be like you.

          • New Yorker

            You are a complete unmitigated moron. Debate requires an intellectual flexibility higher than that of the reinforced concrete, which is better suited for mindless idelogues like you.

          • MikeGiles

            You do reinforced concrete an injustice. At least it serves a useful purpose, other than that of supporting a large volume of mindless stupidity.

          • keoke888

            Flipside makes me want to throw up.

          • http://www.contextflexed.com Flipside

            I wonder if you are even half as sick as Americans are about hearing about Israel.

          • New Yorker

            Some Americans, the likes of you.

          • http://www.contextflexed.com Flipside
          • ajnn

            'flipside' disgorges some classics of jew-hatred.

            he is a racist and has no pl;ace in civilized debate.

          • ajnn

            flipside disgorges the classics of stereotypical jew-hatred.

            flipside is just another jew-hating racist. we see his type often enough.

            here we see i – outsized and immorally gained jewish influence and ii – dual loyalty.

            hit 5 more of the classic 7, flipside, and you win a toaster. best of luck !!!!

        • ajnn

          flipside disgorges the classics of stereotypical jew-hatred.

          flipside is just another jew-hating racist. we see his type often enough.

          here we see i – blood libel.

          hit 6 more of the classic 7, flipside, and you win a toaster. best of luck !!!!

    • Ghostwriter

      Or could it be because of idiots like you who lie about them all the time.

      • http://www.contextflexed.com Flipside

        That would be sn easy place to lay the blame. Occam’s Razor says Zionists are just obnoxious.

        • ajnn

          flipside disgorges the classics of stereotypical jew-hatred.

          flipside is just another jew-hating racist. we see his type olften enough.

        • MikeGiles

          Come on flipper, be straight with us. Why exactly do you really hate Jews? Because they lobby – so does every other person on the planet that can be affected by American policy (including Arabs). Because the refer to themselves as the chosen people – which is simply a facet of their religious belief, which no one else is required to accept. Because they strike you as having out sized influence on the US government – which anyone willing to put up the money and put in the time could have. So what do you have against them?

          • http://www.contextflexed.com Flipside

            I don’t hate the Jews. I mean maybe Elaine Boozler, but who doesn’t?

  • Asher

    God choose Jerusalem for his name to dwell there, and he choose the Jewish people. Salvation is of the Jews, and the anti-semetic-nazi-islamists-communists will never win this, there are too many people who know the truth and reject atheism, and anti-semetism!

    • gooder

      chose

  • Rev. Roy Trepanier

    Why the Jews ???…… Because they are God's "Chosen People" and the world is Anti-God !! Because God has promised to bless them and the world is jealous. Because they declare Monotheism (one God), and the world wants lots of gods (so they can pick the one that suits their lifestyle).
    Why the Jews ??? Because Jesus was a Torah believing, Feast observing Jewish Rabbi who taught in the synagogues !!! Even though they never accepted His Deity, they have suffered as Christ-killers for 2,000 years. Even though Jesus Himself said "no man takes my life, I give it willingly" the world has punished the Nation of Israel for the actions of a few.
    Why the Jews??? Because God, in His wisdom, uses the "foolish things of the world to confound the wise" and He has declared Israel to be His vehicle to prove to the world that He exists. The "Miracle" that is Israel, that this tiny nation not only survives, but thrives, (after every nation in history has done their absolute best to destroy her) is proof that there is a God for anyone who desires to know !!!!

    Rev. Roy…<><

  • StephenD

    Why the Jews? I think it is as Jeremiah says in Chapter 35,
    "…because I have spoken to them and they have not listened, I have called to them and they have not answered.”
    You are a people apart. You are burdened to act like it. Obey G-d and "…then you shall dwell in the land that [G-d] gave to you and your fathers."
    Who could be against you if G-d is for you? The very Gates of Hell cannot prevail against you. I believe it…how about you?

  • mrbean

    European anti semitism stems from the lie that the Jews killed Christ when it really was the Romans. Central and east European rulers forbade the Jews owning land and from serving as officers in the military, and from holding positions in state service unless they converted to Christianity Under the "protection" of early modern rulers and landholding aristocrats, Jews were permitted and encouraged to perform managerial and commercial tasks that the ruling classes had neither the skills nor inclination to perform themselves. Since the Catholic and Orthodox Churches banned usury (lending money at interest) and generally looked down upon business practices as immoral, Jews came to fill the vital (but unpopular) role of moneylenders for the Christian majority.

  • Gamem

    Jews are the non-believers. That is why they are hated. They don't believe that Jesus was the Messiah and the son of God. They don't believe that Muhammad was a prophet of God. It's that simple. Christians and Muslims hated Jews because they wouldn't believe. They manufactured all sorts of libels against the Jews throughout history because of their hatred which fed their hatred even more.

    In the Koran An-Nisa 4:46 it is written about the Jews: "If only they had said: 'What hear and we obey'; and 'Do hear'; and 'Do look at us'; it would have been better for them, and more proper; but Allah hath cursed them for their Unbelief; and but few of them will believe."

    Further paranoia is created in Al-Ma'idah 5:64;

    "But the revelation that cometh to thee from Allah increaseth in most of them (the Jews) their obstinate rebellion and blasphemy. Amongst them we have placed enmity and hatred till the Day of Judgment."

    • SpiritOf1683

      And it is only fair that Jew-haters and their children should be denied any Jewish-invented vaccines and medicines.

      • http://www.contextflexed.com Flipside

        I’m not too worried about catching polio, dude.

        • SpiritOf1683

          And nobody else is worried about you catching polio either. And an amoeba wouldn't be worried about a hambrained antisemitic oaf like yourself finally exceeding its I.Q.

  • AwakeinTexas

    Is no one going to challenge the idea that Christianity as a whole is to be blamed for Hitler, and Naziism? There have always been opportunists who will co-opt religious jargon to cover their schemes. And un-critical thinkers who will assume the surface to be the reality, and follow false leaders. Real Christians, like Bonhoffer, were horrified, and tried to stop the evil, and many suffered and died for their efforts.

    Misguided, misled Christians have done things which Jesus would have rejected throughout history, and people who have come to understand his mission of love and mercy reject those actions. But, history also records abominable acts by socialist and communist regimes. All of human history, on all contiments, reveal the need for redemption. And it is only the Jewish-Christian God who has offerred a more excellent way. In Islam, revenge is the only way, and so the cycle never ends.

    • ajnn

      hitler hated christianity and strove to rekinkle the germanic norse polytheism.

      what has hitler to do with christianity ?

      • MikeGiles

        Because it is useful to blame all the crimes associated with the NATIONAL SOCIALIST GERMAN WORKERS PARTY – an obviously leftist-statist organization – at the feet of the leftists-statists enemies, the right and Christianity. One of the most successful "Big Lies" of all time.

      • AwakeinTexas

        But he was not transparant in the beginning. He decieved many into believing he was himself Christian. And, there were many who wished to be decieved. Those who would trade freedom for security shall end up with neither. By the time the organized church woke up, it was too late. The swastika was already displayed in the church, and they had lost the moral authority to unmask the monster.

  • Optimist

    Why so much animosity (anti-Semitism) towards the Jews over the millenia? The answer is simple.

    In the death of Jesus Christ, the Jewish elders didn't like the fact Jesus was "rocking the boat", challenging practices at the Temple and so forth. They convinced the Roman governor Pontius Pilate to crucify Jesus on the basis he was a trouble maker. However, the irony is that if Jesus' martyrdom had not occurred, there probably wouldn't even be a Christian movement.

    As for the Islamic movement, when Mohammed came back from his revelation in the desert, he wanted the Jews in Mecca and Medina to join his movement. That's why Islam traces its roots back to Abraham and has many similar practices to Jews (e.g. no eating pork, fasting on certain important holidays, etc.). When the Jews resisted Mohammed's attempts at recruitment, he and his followers slew 500 Jews, apparently in the Battle of Khaybar mentioned above. The enmity has continued to this day as a blood feud for Islamic extremists.

    • Gamem

      There is a lot of reason to believe that the accusation that the Jews convinced Pontius Pilate to murder Jesus is slander by Christians who were angry at the Jews for not believing that Jesus was the Messiah. A good web page about this can be found at http://www.mypracticalphilosophy.com/shelp/whokil

      • MikeGiles

        Pontius Pilate was a typical hard, nosed Roman official. He needed no convincing to put a trouble maker to death. Shortly there after the Romans would end up nearly destroying the Jews.

  • John

    "…and to then suffer the brutal, soul-withering, relentless, lethal Jew-hatred of much of the Christian world, a hatred that reached its apotheosis in the Holocaust. "

    David, I think it a grave error to conflate Christianity and Nazism. Yes some Christians have been anti-Semitic. However, the Nazis were atheists and many Christians were exterminated in Nazi death camps along with their Jewish compatriots. In the end, it was largely Christian Allied armies that defeated the Nazis and liberated European Jews from the Holocaust.

  • dnha14

    The short answer that begins the article is the best answer. The world was and still is full of people with, how shall I say it, not the best of intentions. When the Jews gave the world the Ten Commandments, it raised the bar for peoples' behavior. The lesser people resented having to work so hard to reach a higher moral level and have ever since hated the Jews for raising the bar. Simple explanation, probably too simple, but certainly a reasonable explanation. How can I say that? Because it is still true. Look at all of the immoral people in the world that hate the Jews.

    • tarleton

      and what about the immoral people who don't hate or even give a fig about the jews ?
      The Jews are but a tiny minority of the worlds population so when people have to uphold high moral standards they blame the jews ?…they would identify those standards with xianity , not the jews

      The fact is there is a number of pathologies at work within anti semitism from secular paranoid conspiracy theories to ''pure blood'' racial cranks , to religious fanatics …jews seem to have multiple enemies who cannot quite agree why they hate ''the jews''

    • tarleton

      but it's true that Hitler said that conscience was a jewish invention …hmmm…much of human conscience does originate with the jews who seemed to articulate and enshrine it in law ….the ethical monotheism of the ancient hebrews was a quantum leap forward in ethical evolution and the taming , domesticating and civilizing of primitive man

    • isit1984yet

      The Ten Commandments were not so different than other laws already in place in the ANE. The problem is the prophecy of the Messiah is to come through the Hebrew people. That is something a certain intelligence did not want to happen.

  • Brujo Blanco

    I believe the study of history should teach us what we should and should not do. It is not appropriate to reach way back into history and claim that be wise a bunch of dead guys did something wrong 1,000 years ago we can do something wrong today to right that wrong.

  • tanstaafl

    There is only so much anti-semitism I can stand…….I refuse to even get involved in their festival of hate and loathing.

  • isit1984yet

    I disagree. I believe it is a combination of two things:1. People are naturally distrustful of those who are different than they are. This is not so evil as one might thing considering the history of mankind is violence and war. 2. Scripture explains the Jews would be outcasts wherever they went. In fact, due to prophecy, Satan has to try and destroy them before the end if he is to have any chance of winning his legal battle. Can't explain any more in a short post but it's all happening according to prophecy.

  • Ghostwriter

    I've had a couple of experiences with Jewish people,both positive. A group of Jewish people came to my school when I was little. They gave us a bunch of stuff. I got a wooden dreidel,which I kept for many years. Another was when my mother got in contact with a friend of hers who was Jewish. She was a very nice person and I liked her. Does people like Flipside ever met a Jew in his or her or does he or she get all his or her info on them from neo-Nazi websites or "The Protocols of the Elders of Zion?"

    • http://www.contextflexed.com Flipside

      Of course I have met Jewish people. What, do you think they are rare or something?

      • Ghostwriter

        No,but my point is that you and people like you have displayed on this website an unbelievable hatred for Jews,especially Israelis. It's disturbing and rather disgusting. You don't see Jews as people,Flipside. You see them as demons who should be destroyed simply because they aren't like you. I would ask have you no shame,but I pretty much doubt it.

        • http://www.contextflexed.com Flipside

          I have exhibited no hatred of Jews. No bubbling admiration either. What I have done is starkly contradicted the general tendency to tell Zionists what they expect to hear, namely glowing admiration and Biblical affirmation. I think I have been pretty fair. I would say the things about Cuban super-patriots or white supremacists as I would about Zionists.

    • guest

      flipside is correct. his analysis reflects a sad reality. however that self ego inflation does not merit attempts to be physically assaulted or suffer genocide attempts. in any group of people there are bad apples and each person is responsible for himself.

  • dr joseph

    Hannah Arendt hit the point perfectly. Christianity is supposed to replace Judaism, Islam as well. And when this is the main point of their holy books that people are taught since birth, Jews have to go.
    And so it's not a stretch to then realize that its also been the main source of getting political power in history. One doesn't galvanize peole by love, but hate. When things get economically bad, we're just the target everyone can hate!

    • AwakeinTexas

      There are "Christians" who do not understand what Paul taught. Christ followers are grafted onto an ancient root, the Isrealites who have a special relationship with God, who chose them himself. He will never alter his covenant with them, because of his eternal nature. We are adopted into the covenant, because our Savior made the sacrifice that makes us acceptable to the Father. Anyone who touches the Jew touches the apple of His eye, and does not seek to please Him.

    • MikeGiles

      If Christianity and Islam are supposed to replace Judaism, this does nothing to explain the hostility of regimes that are supposed to be officially atheistic. For example the Nazis, who although they tolerated Christianity – for the moment – did not really give it state support.

  • ripalinsky

    1st, I'm not Solomon. However, I'm surprised so many people are confused about antisemitism.

    If you read the Jewish scriptures, you find that the devil caused the downfall of Adam and Eve. Because of that, the Jewish scriptures say, each person is born with a "sinful nature".

    God's kingdom struck back, starting with Abraham, but the devil will never quit attacking what God started with Abraham (though God's kingdom continues to grow among humans (as Daniel's dream said it would)).

    So antisemitism is the result of the devil working though the human "sin nature" to attack God's kingdom (which the Jews and Israel are involved with).

    It's simple if you trust the Jewish scriptures, but "impossible" to see and understand if you don't.

  • UCSPanther

    Antisemitism, as far as hatreds go is a chimera consisting of racial hatred, ethnic hatred, religious hatred and conspiracy theories.

    Essentially, the modus operandi of the antisemite is to project, demonize, slander and then try to exterminate their victims, and then play the victim when people fight back or they otherwise start suffering well-deserved retaliation (IE Nazi Germany, Henry Ford, Soviet Union, Palestine, etc.)

  • ObamaYoMoma

    lethal Jew-hatred of much of the Christian world, a hatred that reached its apotheosis in the Holocaust. For 1,400 years since the onset of Islam, the Jews faced the Moslem world with the same message….and suffered the dhimmitude and persecution that Islam imposed upon the “People of the Book”.

    Except that Christianity didn’t have anything to do with Hitler’s obsessed hatred of Jews and the truth is Muslims don’t only slaughter and subjugate Jews, they slaughter and subjugate all non-Muslim unbelievers alike. In fact, with respect to people not of the book, they even treat them worse than the people of the book, i.e. Jews and Christians.

    And it is only in the past 300 years (since the Enlightenment period in Europe) that this message has begun to take root in the West. Intolerance has most of the Middle East still mired in a medieval mindset.

    As we are finding out today by the latest modern historical research, the so-called Enlightenment Period, a name christened by the philosophers of that time themselves to insinuate that they were enlightened relative to their earlier counterparts, is really a myth, just like the Medieval or Dark Ages period of history is also really a myth created by those same so-called enlightened philosophers, to elevate themselves over and above that of earlier philosophers as somehow being more enlightened. It’s not true, none of it is.

    With respect to the Middle East, it is Islam that has that world mired in intolerance, however, not only against Jews, but also against all other non-Muslim unbelievers as well.

  • T. Reb

    I truly appreciate the Jews for believing in their "Beliefs" & standing up for it. Today's society could learn a lot from them. (as all the world has in the past) Still we must accept that all Jews can not be put in a stead pat mold. There are approximately 2% of Jews that are Christians, (as there are Gentiles) in the world. and there are the same % that are atheist.
    Haven't looked up the % that are Muslin though. (GOD FORBID) I'm just thankful that there was a people that came alone & gave me The 10 Commandments & our Jesus Christ.

  • crypticguise

    Even in terms of pure intelligence measured by IQ, Jews as a group score one full mean deviation above the norm, 115 versus 100 for White Americans or Europeans. Whatever measure you choose in whatever society Jews live, they excel well beyond what would be expected of a group of people of the same background.

    And yes, they have chutzpah, in the sense that they continue to maintain their Jewishness, culture, tradition and beliefs, despite the secularization of so many of them. As a Christian I say God Bless the Jews.

    • MikeGiles

      And with the whole world against them, it could be said – in a Darwinian fashion – that any stupid, incompetent or even unlucky Jew; has long since become a deceased Jew. It would be interesting to consider the environmental pressures of a couple of millennia of active hostility.

  • guest

    the question of jew hatred needs to be submitted to scientific exploration via social psychology and similar disciplines . and not to biblical predictions or inflamed and fiery comments on both sides. jew hatred is not unique as some people tend to believe. there are all sorts of dealy hatreds and many are not even religious. moreover there is a lot of undeserved christian hatred amongst jews even today. i also wonder why monotheism is being touted as "better" when in fact all theism is just conjecture and speculation.

  • Elpi Nipni

    God had decided that humanity is ripe for a higher plane of existance and gave humanity the ten commandments. The hebrews were chosen and that is that. God wanted humanity extracted from polytheism and what it entailed. God never intended humanity to back to paganism, i.e. Christianity and even less to Islam, both of which are not religions at all but ONLY qualifies as ideologies the like of Fascism, Nazism and or communism. Both Christianity and Islam had brought anything new, nothing new, to what Judaism offers in the aspect of Monotheism.
    The jews had suffered from an inferior ideologies that have no respect for the individual while the the ten commandments do.

  • http://www.ouwoeruoewruoew.com Lissa Parrin

    Just wanted to comment on this thread. Pastor Josh, I honestly think you’ve hit the nail on the head about the Twilight series.It portrays evil in a good light. The strongest argument against this is that Edward doesn’t “want to be an evil vampire”. However, despite this he slowly seduces Bella into not caring about “losing her soul”. The characters mess with occultic stuff, including automatic writing, and even a secular review did not refer to this movie not as “fiction” but as “supernatural”.One of the most disturbing things said in the movie apart from everything else is that Edward refers to “The Lion and the Lamb” getting together. And this is not a reference to Jesus, either. Edward feels he is a dangerous lion, while Bella is the innocent lamb. In another context such as a James Dean movie, etc. this might be an interesting phrase. In this one however, Edward, who is evil at heart (i.e. anemic without human blood even though he drinks animal blood, damned to hell, etc.) is calling himself a Lion. The devil prowls like a lion seeking whom he may devour.My girlfriend used to be into this. Like a lot of Christians she didn’t see the connection between the occult and this movie. This is why I put “placeholder” in place of my real name. We almost broke up over the thought of allowing this movie in our home in the future. There is no way. She agreed not to have the books or the movies if we were married. Do you know how that feels to me? I don’t feel like I want to order her around all the time, but scoring a victory like this over the Enemy completely rocks.At least I think so. If we break up over something else it will break my heart. However, I must ultimately hold true to my convictions.People who love Jesus, it is time to do battle with the Enemy, not to be sympathetic toward him. The times are too dangerous, and God loves you and I too much to allow this to go without confronting it. There are people who want to line up to battle with me over this. The battle is not mine though, it’s the Lord’s. Ultimately, you fight against Him when you disagree with Him about witchcraft, etc.No wonder God’s blessing of people turning to Christ and being brought into the family of God is shut down when Christians yield to this.We must choose to follow God first, and be relevant to our world second. If we cannot do both, then relevance to the world must suffer in the place of following God and hearing His voice.Brandt