It appears that old theories die hard , in a recent survey ordered by the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) it appears that 26% of Americans believe that the Jewish people were responsible for the crucifixion and death of Jesus. Despite that fact religious scholars, historians, theologians and Popes have all said and proven the opposite.
Some other results of the survey may explain why more than a quarter of Americans believe this.
14% believe that Jews have to much power in the United States. Maybe it's all those Jewish Presidents and Vice Presidents we've had.
19% believe Jews have too much power in the business world and 17% to much influence on Wall Street, 18% to much control over the media (except on Fox of course) and in a surprisingly small number only 24% believe that Jews run the movie and TV industry. I am a little shocked by how small that number is.
But, this number does not surprise me at all; 30% of Americans believe that Jews are more loyal to Israel than to this country. Franklin Roosevelt in response to his Jewish advisers to react more swiftly to reports of the German concentration camps believed that the American people would not support using their boys to rescue the Jews. When pressed further and harder the very patrician Roosevelt responded that this is a Protestant country and that Jews and in fact Catholics are more less just allowed to live here. A pretty appalling sentiment. But, FDR was a man of his times and can't fairly be judged by our modern standards but that view is still very much held by many people. Keep in mind that we have had one Catholic President and we now have our first Catholic Vice President.
And, to build on that sentiment an appalling one-quarter of those polled believe that "Jews still talk too much about what happened to them in the Holocaust." I have heard people say this and it never ceases to stop me in my tracks and at times has left me speechless, something that almost never happens. I guess people would rather we forget about that icky business of 6,000,000 people slaughtered because of their faith. Perhaps it is not so shocking after all there are Southern Republicans who are still fighting the Civil War and refer to it as the War of Northern Aggression & the wholesale massacre and dislocation of this continents native peoples is not even taught.
American Jews who support Israel are not anti-American or disloyal to their nation they, like me, believe that Israel is an ally that needs to be supported and supported in the strongest possible terms. It is the only democracy in the region, they took a neglected region of rock & sand and transformed it into a nation with a thriving economy. And, it is an historic homeland to people who have long lived in diaspora status.
Other interesting results of this poll 78% of think American Jews value their families but of course that means 22% of us think that they don't.
I just don't get it.
I have never understood the negative attitudes, the bigotry and the hatred that Jewish people have been forced to endure. Of course when someone who does hold these feelings of hate tries to explain it to me I don't really give them much of chance to finish one of their idiotic utterances. I wave them off and walk away and shake my head in sadness and disgust.
Here is the full report / survey