Anti semitism is as unpleasant a plague as it gets. It's funny that the far right, the far left, and the islamofascists all have deranged opinions of jews, for often contradictory resons.
The solution to bad speech is better speech. Shaming anti semites won't do anything to changes their minds. Therefore I want to provide a list of good arguments to debunk antisemitism. I left the politics section for the sake of my own sanity. But I always get nervous when anti semitism thrives. So here are a few counter arguments to the main anti semitic claims, for those who want to engage in the politics section and debunk anti semitic nonsense.
Claim #1 - "The jews control the world"
Answer - The current climate of the far right, far left, and islamofascists feeding of each other is not pleasant to watch. These are notoriously antisemitic groups. which means jews are one of the first groups victimized by this negative spiral. How would a group in control of the world be also in favor of their own demise? It does not make sense. Anti semitic pogroms have happened numerous times in history.
Claim #2 - "The jews control the media"
Answer - First, some people who are claimed to be jews are not actually jewish. Rupert Murdoch is an example. But the most important point is the following: the cultural norms of jews have allowed the group to succeed in many walks of life throughout the generations. When a subculture values hard work, intense education, and entrepeneurialism, as well as stable families and a healthy sense of social cohesion, they are bound to succeed. Instead of complaining that jews are over represented here or there, other groups can adopt their cultural norms and enjoy the same success. To paraphrase Thomas Sowell, "To say that the jews were lucky to have arrived in California just when Hollywood was being created, is the same as saying that a baseball player was lucky to arrive there with a bat just when a homerun was being hit.
Claim #3 - "The jews control the Nobel Prize comittee"
Answer - This is easily debunkable if anyone bothers to go through the list of the achievements of the jewish Nobel laureates. The polio vaccine, Einstein's theory of relativity, Heisenberg's pioneer work in quantum physics, Richard Feynman's work on quantum electrodynamics, etc. Mathematics has a similarly impressive list of jews in the Fields Medalists and the monetary prize is almost non existent. Just because approximately 25% of Nobel laureates are jewish does not mean they control the comittee. But people with no sense will enjoy the incredible advances in medicine and technology made by jews, while criticizing them.
Claim #3 - "The holocaust never happened"
Answer - This grotesque claim is has no basis in reality and is used by liars to further their agenda. Here is a video presentation of a book by Michael Shermer debunking the revisionist "history" of holocaust deniers.
Claim #4 - "Israelis are the new nazis"
Answer - Another vile accusation. Considering how the Hamas has written in its foundational charter that their goal is the anihilation of the jewish people, it is clear who are the new nazis. Similar terrorist groups, and the numerous dictatorships that sponsor them, have declared again and again their desire to complete the holocaust. Just because the actual new nazis pretend to be victims does not mean that they actually are the victims. The main victims are the children of these anti semites who are used in a war they did not ask to inherit, sometimes even used as human shields. And, of course, the other main victims of these vile anti semites are Israelis. Considering also that there have been 6 wars since Israel's creation, started by Israel's enemy nations, I cannot see how the Israelis are the oppressors here, instead of a people acting in self defense.
Claim #5 - "Israel does not have the right to exist"
Answer - Israel was created by the division of the Great Mandate for Palestine by the United Nations, under the instructions of the UK. The UK gained control over those territories after WW1, specifically against the Turkish empire. The UK promised land to the people who declared alliance with them in WW2 and fought by their side. That included jewish and arab muslim groups. The Great Mandate for Palestine is now Jordan, Israel and Palestine. Israel has the approximate area corresponding to the jewish population at the time of the partition plan. Claims that the jews were migrating to Israel in a colonialist anticipation to create a new state ignore the two facts that jews were fleeing Hitler's persecution and that there was a similar movement of sudden migration from arab muslims to the hithertoo mostly deserted land. So Israel has the right to exist.
Claim #5 and #6 - "Israel is an ethnostate" and "Israel is an Apartheid state"
Answer - This is a claim made by white nationalists and far leftists, respectively. Israel is 20% arab, and 18% muslim. So it is neither a racial, nor a religious ethnostate. Its preferencial migration policy for jews comes from very obvious and understandable historical reasons. Also, all citizens can be members of parliament, government, army, police forces, etc. Muslims have more freedom and life quality in Israel than in any other islamic country. So, no, it is not an Apartheid state.
Claim #7 and #8 - "Postmodernism is a jewish conspiracy" and "Communism is a jewish conspiracy"
Answer - Many prominent jewish philosophers, intellectuals, and economists lambasted the postmodernists and the communists. Giants such as Karl Popper, Hannah Arendt, Ayn Rand, Milton Friedman, are just a few of the names that opposed both forms of lunacy. The fact is that there are jews of every political persuation and many of them have opposed each other publically and vigorously. There is no conspiracy based on ethnicity or religion. Radical leftists coordinate efforts because they share the same ideology.
I believe the two main motives for anti semitism are historical religous hatred and the fallacy of "disproportional representation implies conspiracy".
- The religious hatred from christians (which is fortunately a lot rarer these days), comes from blaming the jews as a whole for the death of Jesus. There were jews being burned by the inquisition 1500 years after the death of Christ. The religious hatred from muslims comes from the death of Muhammad. Muslim anti semites cannot admit that those who live by the sword end up dying by the sword.
- Finally, the fallacy of "disproportional representation implies conspiracy" works under an assumption that cultural norms are irrelevant to the success of the individual who follows them. The disparities between subgroups within America, or within any country in the world, are the rule, rather than the exception. Even arbitrarily defined subgroups have disparities between them, such as left handed vs right handed. But if we consider subgroups who have their own subcultures, then we expect that the differences observed are predictable by the differences in cultural norms. And that's what ends up being observed, such as with jews and east asians. The problem with disproportional success is that when there is a section of a successful demographic that fails, the stakes are higher and the failure gets amplified attention. Especially by people with a racial agenda.
A few final thoughts: within every group of humans there are good people, there are bad people, and there are people who are a mixture of good and bad. Most humans are normal, a mixture of good and bad. Whites, blacks, hispanics, asians, whatever, are all human and therefore contain human virtues and human flaws. Jews are no different, which means you will always find bad jews if that's what you're looking for. And that's what conspiracy theorists do, they look for bad people. But this means they don't see good jews, or just the majority of normal jews. To take the flaws of a few people in a group and extrapolate them to the entire group leads to false conclusions, it punishes the innocent, and is dangerous for society as a whole.
PS: I'm not jewish. I just get really upset with anti semitism. It is usually a mark of a totalitarian mindset. So I'm trying to do my part in the promise of "Never again!"
"He turns his mind away from those phenomena and, having done so, inclines his mind to the property of deathlessness: 'This is peace, this is exquisite — the resolution of all fabrications; the relinquishment of all acquisitions; the ending of craving; dispassion; cessation; Unbinding.' " - Jhana Sutta