A friend recently asked me “why do people hate Jews?” It’s a good question. Why?
Those of us who are Jewish know what antisemitism is on a personal level. It has been around for thousands of years and we have learned to deal with what people ignorantly say to us. From the misinformed “Oh, you’re Jewish? Are you rich?” to the offensive “Why didn’t your people just fight off the Nazis?”, the stereotypes take over.
Those people who hate Jews believe, truly believe, that we are going to take their jobs, sabotage the government, and cheat them out of their rights. How are we going to do that? We’re not, and that’s the ridiculousness of the whole thing. I just read a piece by Yair Rosenberg of The Washington Post, trying to explain why Jews are in this position:
“Jews function for today’s white nationalists as they often have for anti-Semites
through the centuries: as the demons stirring an otherwise changing and
heterogeneous pot of lesser evils.”
This week has been very difficult. We are scared and angry. We are afraid our concerns will not be taken seriously and that the protection we need will not be available at our synagogues and community centers. As I told a friend, this is where the despair in my heart comes from.