I despair that other humans can be so moronic to actually believe such shite, but act on it too.
The blood libel isn’t even the most moronic aspect of antisemitism, IMHO.
That title is a toss-up between the Jewish Conspiracy believers (we can’t even agree on which haggadah to use for Passover! Or have you ever tried to get a bunch of Jews to agree on where to go out for dinner? The idea that we run the world/banks as some sort of lockstep conspiracy is ludicrous… yet people believe it) and the Jewish Devil believers (Yes, I have have people come up to me when I have had my hair grown out and ask where my horns are under there).
“Christkillers” has lasted for ~1900 years and is still going (despite the official removal by the Catholic Church in the 1960s). The blood libel is only middle-aged compared to that one.
I was going to post this same story, but you beat me to it.
My chemical at work is “HcHO” ~ google it and you’ll see why the story pissed me off twice …
I…I got nothing. That’s almost literally insane.
Oh, you didn’t know? Many people believe that we have horns, tails and cloven hooves from selling our souls to the devil, if not being actually literal devils ourselves.
A friend of mine was at a bris a few years back down in Texas, and the parents had invited their gentile coworkers to attend. And, after the ceremony, during the meal, the baby is being passed around and admired by all and sundry… and my friend noticed that the gentiles were all trying to surreptitiously pat the baby on the head.
They were feeling for the horns.
Haha, Texas, AmIright?.. except that I’ve seen that same bullshit in NYC.
The Romans killed Christ. And good thing too, as it was to fulfill the prophecy.
Romans: “You’re welcome!”
It is still pretty baffling in modern times why they are singled out. I guess if you believe all the lies they look bad, but they are all lies.
Also they made up for it by spreading the Region all over the earth a couple hundred years later. I wonder… if Christianity did die out, what would have spread in its place? Especially in Europe. Islam? Judaism? Buddhism? One of the Pagan religions?
Food for thought, but I don’t want to derail the thread, so if people really want to expound on it, start a new one.
Keep in mind that, until 1965, it was official Vatican policy that the “Jews are collectively responsible for the death of Christ”, as recounted in literally over a thousand years of Passion Plays, and that, according to the Christian Gospels (Luke 23), Pilate wanted to release Jesus and the Jews of the time wanted him executed. That’s Christian Scripture–that the Romans were not responsible, and that the Jews were.
I often say comment sections are where faith and humanity go to die. So, when various media outlets carried stories on a recent anti-Semitic incident, it was no surprise that there were some vile and misguided comments in the comment sections. I was heartened by some of the responses, but surprised by how many obviously well-intentioned people just didn’t seem to fully understand.
When I discussed the anti-Semitic vandalism at Temple Beth Shalom with friends, I was surprised to find the same thing. They all sympathized and they all felt awful about it, but most of them didn’t see how deep this goes. It was then that it first hit me that there’s so much the outside world doesn’t know about anti-Semitism.
Here are some of the things many people were better able to understand after we discussed the topic:
Anti-Semitism still exists. That hatred didn’t end with the Second World War. Whenever non-Jews enter synagogues; whether it be for services, for b’nei mitzvot, or for the Kosher Dinner, they often comment on the armed guards. Yes they are there for every service. No they are not overkill. Yes this is a sad fact of life for Jews.
My family and I lived all over the country and we’ve seen anti-Semitism in every Jewish community. Incidents range from the destruction of grave stones in Jewish cemeteries, to fire bombings, to anti-Jewish protests outside the synagogue during the high holidays, to friends’ cars repeatedly keyed with swastikas, to death threats, to destruction of synagogue property, and so much more.
Recently, one of my Jewish friends remarked that there were no anti-Semitic events at his synagogue when he was a teen. In response, another member listed a number of anti-Semitic threats that occurred at his synagogue at the time, but they weren’t widely reported.
Only a very small portion of anti-Semitic threats and destruction actually make the news. So while you may have only heard of one event in any given time, your local Jewish community probably dealt with far more incidents.
Anti-Semitism is terrifying. I’m a writer, but even I can’t fully express just how terrifying these attacks can be. While some may see it as just an act of vandalism or kids pulling a prank, we have all heard the stories of similar events in the past. We know where this leads. These violations shake us to our core.
This is not the time for a historical debate on the origin of the symbols used to represent hatred. We are aware of the origin of the swastika. We know the Nazis co-opted it. That does not change what was done under that symbol. That does not change what that symbol means for those who want us dead. While it may have been a symbol of peace, that symbol will always mean death and destruction to us.
For many of us, these symbols, this hatred, aren’t remnants from a distant past. Many of us have a direct connection to them. Our grandparents escaped Nazi Germany. Those swastikas hung above the camps where our great aunts were murdered. For some of us, our time in middle school is tainted by the memory of 12-year-old children giving the Hitler salute before attacking us.
Yes there is a far more peaceful original meaning for the swastika, but they were stolen, altered, tainted, and used as a weapon against us. Discussing the history of the symbol doesn’t change what it has become and it is not helpful when dealing with anti-Semitism.
They know what they’re doing. I was surprised by how many of my friends suggested that people painting and sporting swastikas are ignorant of what they stand for. The use of the swastika is not accidental. Those who use it are well aware of the meaning and history of the symbol.
“Shut up. Scrub it off. Move on” is not an effective way of dealing with anti-Semitism. A spray painted swastika is a symptom of a much larger problem. It’s not simply spray paint or wild kids. It is hatred. Anti-Semitism is the belief we should not exist. Stephen D. Smith, executive director of the USC Shoah Foundation suggests the best way to deal with anti-Semitism is to “Know it. Name it. Shame it.” In an article by the same name, he explains,
“The more we know the monster, the more we find its weakness, the less its power to harm. Research needs to be right at the top of our agenda.”
“…anti-Semitism should be clearly identified through monitoring and recorded through police and crime records… Naming it — exposing it for what it is — is a vital step to eradicating it…”
“Discrimination laws, such as they exist, are often a weak catchall to convict the perpetrators of anti-Semitism. Where specific laws against anti-Semitism do exist, they should be strengthened and applied rigorously. Where they do not, it is time to make clear that anti-Semitism is a malicious and purposeful crime. Impunity only engenders more of the same behavior, along with its twin, apathy. Where appropriate legal instruments are not available, anti-Semitism has to become a public shame, neither tolerated nor condoned, but exposed and condemned…”
The only thing ignoring such hatred does is fuels it. Time and history have made that abundantly clear to us Jews. Non-Jews may not be aware of the specific history of Anti-Semitism, but we know it all too well. When we ignore anti-Semitism, we die.
Talk to us. The most recent anti-Semitic attack started a number of conversations with friends. Many of my friends were shocked to hear about our experiences with this hatred. After my daughters’ b’not mitzvah, many non-Jewish friends were curious about the guards at the synagogue. Immediately after the anti-Semitic vandalism at the synagogue, Temple Beth Shalom hosted an interfaith Shabbat service where the seats were full of people from a wide range of beliefs who came to show their support and take a stand against hatred. The more you know about the experiences of your Jewish friends, the more you’ll understand what anti-Semitism is, what it looks like, and what you can do to combat it.
Vice President Pence on Wednesday made a surprise visit to a historic Jewish cemetery near St. Louis to condemn the recent vandalism that took place there.
“From the heart, there is no place in America for hatred or acts of prejudice or violence or anti-Semitism,” he said.
Pence called Missouri’s response to the incident “inspiring" while standing next to Eric Greitens ®, the state’s first Jewish governor.
Pence decried the vandalism as “a sad reminder of the work that still must be done to root out hate and prejudice and evil” during a speech earlier Wednesday in St. Louis.
After his remarks at the cemetery, the vice president and the governor listened to a prayer from a rabbi and then cleared brush with volunteers taking part in a beautification project.
Vandals toppled more than 100 headstones on Monday at the Chesed Shel Emeth Society cemetery in University City, a suburb of St. Louis.
The incident added to questions about a rise in acts of anti-Semitism around the country.
The vandalism occurred on the same day that 11 Jewish community centers across the country received phoned-in bomb threats. The calls, which have all turned out to be hoaxes, have targeted 54 community centers in 27 states so far this year.
Federal investigators are looking into the threats.
President Trump on Tuesday condemned the anti-Semitic acts after coming under pressure from Jewish groups, who criticized his previous response to the incidents as lackluster.
“Anti-Semitism is horrible and it’s going to stop and it has to stop,” Trump told MSNBC during a tour of the National Museum of African American History and Culture.
Words are cheap, especially coming from this administration and its existing track record of antisemitism, Jewish erasure and Jewish silencing, not to mention all of the other bigotry that they either endorse or tacitly approve. If they want this visit of Pence’s to be anything more than a single high-profile photo-op, they need to back it up with action:
Another day, another attack:
(JTA) — Two Jewish brothers said they were abducted briefly and beaten by several men in suburban Paris in an incident that ended with one brother having his finger sawed off by an assailant.
The brothers were hospitalized in what was described as a state of shock following the incident Tuesday night in Bondy. A case report published Thursday by the National Bureau for Vigilance Against Anti-Semitism, or BNVCA, based on a police complaint by the alleged victims did not specify their medical condition.
The kippah-wearing brothers, whose father is a Jewish leader in Bondy, were forced off the main road by another vehicle on to a side street, according to the BNVCA report. While the vehicle was in motion, the driver and a passenger shouted anti-Semitic slogans at the brothers that included “Dirty Jews, You’re going to die!” the father told BNVCA based on the complaint filed by his sons.
The vehicle forced the brothers to stop their car, and they were surrounded by several men whom they described as having a Middle Eastern appearance.
One of the alleged attackers then sawed off the finger of one of the brothers.
Zero respect whatsoever.
Was just about to post that one myself
When I was a kid I saved a lot of money. We lived in the suburbs, there were no stores within walking distance, and I just didn’t have a lot to spend it on. My parents got pretty generous at holidays and my birthday and there wasn’t much else I wanted during the year.
Because of this my father started to “joke” that I was Jewish. It had already been a long-running joke in the family that I was adopted. He also said that whenever I asked for something I would phrase my request as “such a deal”, although I don’t remember ever saying this. And this, he said, was further confirmation of my Jewishness.
My brother, who is older, found this incredibly funny and took great delight in calling me “Jew Boy”.
I didn’t get why this was supposed to be funny. I still don’t, but I’ll come back to that. I didn’t know anyone who was Jewish, or, if I did, I didn’t realize it. What little I knew about Judaism came from TV, including some after school specials, like the story of the little girl whose family doesn’t celebrate Christmas, and how she learns to accept being different. Aside from different holidays and a few different practices I didn’t—and still don’t—have any reason to believe Jews were different from anyone else.
This “joke” went on for years. Once, at a gathering of my mother’s side of the family, my father thought it would be funny to bring this up and say that it certainly didn’t come from his side of the family. A very uncomfortable silence followed.
For a long time I wouldn’t have called this anti-Semitism. Even in my late teens when I began studying Judaism, in college when I took a course on the history of the Holocaust and went to prayer services at a nearby synagogue and contemplated converting, I didn’t think of it as anti-Semitism. Hey, if I turned out like I did the people who raised me couldn’t possibly be prejudiced, right?
Now I can’t think what else I’d call it.
“Does he hate his daughter?” McEnany asked. “Does he hate his son-in-law?”
“You know what, Kayleigh?” Goldstein shot back. “I am tired of commentators like you on the right trotting out his daughter, trotting out his son-in-law as talking points against the president’s anti-Semitism. They are Jewish, but that is not a talking point against anti-Semitism, and that is a disgrace. Have you no ethics?”
As one of my friends put it, Anton Sauerwald was the Kommissar appointed over Vienna University; despite being a Nazi, he decided to save Freud and his work out of personal respect in the late 1930s. He helped smuggle Freud and most of his family out of Austria, believing that Freud was the exception to the “Jews are a vile race that must be destroyed” rule. A Nazi was able to find an exemption to the rule because he liked one particular Jew, but that doesn’t mean he didn’t also gleefully murder millions of Jews who he felt deserved it. That is what Ivanka and Jared and their family are, the special exemption to the rule.
And yet, right-wingers keep trying to throw up this smokescreen that, just because Trump’s daughter, son-in-law and grandkids are Jewish, he can’t hate Jews!
In case anyone is wondering what a Kapo looks like, Stephen Miller, Trump’s National Policy Director, is perhaps the closest we’ll get to the Platonic Ideal.
I mean, when David Duke, the living avatar of the KKK, who loathes Jews and has routinely wished for our destruction and genocide, says that:
Yeah. He’s fascist scum, and I’m embarrassed to be related to him.
Oh, and in the “random acts of terror”/“we know where you live, Jew scum” department, we have this lovely breath of fragrant air:
One of the top art schools in the US launched an investigation Friday after anti-Semitic graffiti made out of human waste was found in a gender-neutral bathroom.
Providence’s Rhode Island School of Design told students a swastika made of feces was discovered over the weekend in a dormitory bathroom, WJAR-TV reported.
The college, known as RISD, said in a statement that the level of “disrespect and vitriol is completely unacceptable.” Public safety officials are investigating it as an act of vandalism and a hate crime.
The school said it has met with students on the dorm floor and has encouraged those with information to come forward.
RISD is located on Providence’s East Side, where a large portion of the city’s Jewish community is located.
“It’s pretty shocking because I think everybody is wondering, you know, who it is,” a student named Cooper Thompson told the local NBC 10 News. “What they did is anti-Semitic. I have a feeling most likely they’re really just trying to shock people.”
“It’s kind of disgusting, actually, and really sad that somebody would go to that length to kind of express their frustration or some kind of angst or mental disease,” Rory Hernandez, another student, told NBC.
According to RISD students who spoke to WJAR, the fecal swastika was the latest in a series of waste-related incidents in the school’s dormitories.
While the local Jewish Community Center of Rhode Island has not been a target in a recent wave of bomb threats targeting JCCs nationwide, there have been a handful of anti-Semitic incidents in Providence in the past year.
Rabbi Barry Dolinger of Providence’s Congregation Beth Sholom told the AP in November that he has been the target of anti-Semitic jeers that have become a “not irregular feature of life” since the US election. He said it has happened to him at least five times and to someone in his congregation at least once a month, always when they’re walking about because they don’t drive while observing the Sabbath.
One time, he said, he was told he “should have been burned in the ovens.”
Last May another congregation in a suburb nearby was vandalized with a swastika in what police deemed was a hate crime.