Addressing the Anti-Jewish Sentiment
Like many others, I am tired of all the anti-Jewish propaganda that we've seen in recent years. Most of the people who make this propaganda claim to speak for the Western civilization or the white race. In fact, the Jews have contributed vastly to both the white race and the Western civilization; and even though Jews make up less than half of one percent of the world's population, the number of Nobel Prizes they won was comparable to that of English and Germans combined.
During the Nazi era, the Jews, who were pacifists at the time, were attacked for supposedly being cowards. Now, the Jews, as Israelis, are attacked for supposedly being brutes. Of course the Europeans have been both brutes and cowards at different times in their history; and in attacking the Jewish people they are attacking their own worst sins.
Israel happened because of the long history of victimization that Jewish people endured at the hands of Europeans. The Israelis should be excused for being as jingoistic as they are. If you've had your people constantly murdered and plundered, you would want a strong country for your people as well. Many Europeans understand this given Europe's history. Yet this does not keep them from attacking the Jews for the same behaviors that they have themselves exhibited.
In America, there have been a lot of strong efforts made to contain such sentiments. As should very well be the case. America's Jews have been leaders in science, medicine, and business, and their contributions to America have been vast. What America practices is not, as any number of neo-Nazi types claim, a fight against the white race, but a free and open environment in which people rise as high as they can rise based on where their efforts and talents would take them. A group that stresses education and hard work would get in America to high places; and that is what we are seeing with American Jews.
As for the claim that Jews killed Jesus: No Jewish person alive now was alive at the time of Caiaphas. Should the Germans be forever equated with Nazism, or the Spanish and the English with their brutal behavior toward Native Americans and Africans during imperialism? Should Americans be forever equated with slave trade? All these crimes took place a lot more recently than the execution of Christ. And yet we don't see the anti-Semites militating against the Germans, the Spanish, the English or the Americans, when their crimes were a lot more recent than anything that happened in Biblical era, and that resulted in far more people - who did not have the power of resurrection - being brutally tortured and killed.
If Jesus was God, then he was not even touched by the behavior of his killers. He was omnipotent. He could die and resurrect. The Jews crucifying Jesus was not a result of any kind of wickedness on their part, but of them following the Mosaic law. In claiming to be God, Jesus Christ committed the worst sin according to Biblical law: The sin of blasphemy. For this reason the Jews insisted on crucifying him while letting a murderer get off. This is not about anyone's wickedness. This is about Jews following the First Commandment.
What would you do if someone came in saying that he was son of God? Most likely lock him up in a mental hospital and administer him anti-psychotic medication. There were no antipsychotics at the time, and Jewish people were following the law of Moses rather than American constitutional law. This is not wickedness unless the law of Moses is to be seen as wickedness. And I doubt that the Christians of today would be comfortable with such a claim.
All around, the anti-Jewish sentiment has nothing to recommend itself. All of its claimed reasons are complete frauds. It has appeal to some people because they have nothing to celebrate but the color of their skin or the country of their birth; and Jews make a convenient scapegoat.
The problem is not with the Jews. The problem is with the people who have nothing to be proud of except their race or their country of origin. And it is these people, not the Jews, that should be confronted for their disastrous decisions.