In antiquity, the Great Pyramid of Giza the only wonder from the original list still standing , the statue of Zeus at Olympia, the Colossus of Rhodes a new ,  gigantic, version of which is being built today , and others were among the occupants of the list. In fact, it is not a single wonder, but a whole list of them, but they all revolve around one question: Why do people hate Jews?
Other people have sprung up and held their torch high for a time, but it burned out… The Jew saw them all, beat them all, and is now what he always was, exhibiting no decadence, no infirmities of age, no weakening of his parts, no slowing of his energies… All things are mortal but the Jew; all other forces pass, but he remains. What is the secret of his immortality? Some were even aware of the fact that the Jews are indestructible, yet could not help themselves, as if compelled by a force greater than themselves.
But he, too, everntually failed and will go down in histroy as the epitome of evil. Hated or loved, Jews were always treated as different. They are judged by different standards, revered, admired, and hated more than any other nation on the face of the Earth.
British Bishop, Thomas Newton wrote about Jews: A people such as this can never disappear. The Jew is eternal. He is the embodiment of eternity. The are as many reasons for hating Jews as there are people. Everything that upsets, hurts, or displeases people they often attribute to the Jews.
Jews have been blamed for manipulating the media to their needs, usury, blood libels of various forms, well poisoning, dominating slave trade, disloyalty to their host countries, organ harvesting  and AIDS spreading. Jews have been labeled warmongers and cowards, racists and cosmopolitans, spineless and unbending, and the list could go on forever. Clearly, Jew-hatred is irrational and deep. A Deeper Reason Behind Hatred of Jews The most important point to take from this brief review of anti-Semitism is that if we are to find the reason for anti-Semitism, we must look beneath the surface.
As we have seen, rationalizations cannot explain the existence, persistence, and diversity of Jew-hatred. A deeper root is at play here. When anti-Semitism awakens, it is justified according to its particular milieu and therefore takes on different forms and manifestations at different times. In Hebrew, there is a famous truism: Are you a Jew?
Mahathir Mohamad, was presumably far more sober than Mr. The Jews are the cause of all the problems in the world.
If people believe that Jews are responsible for every problem in the world, they must also expect the Jews to fix them. When faced with such a conviction that the Jews are responsible for the well-being of the world, as long as there are problems in the world there will be hatred of Jews. And the more pain there is, the more the anger will turn on the Jews. If Jews are responsible for every problem, then any problem is the fault of the Jews. A conviction that Jews are responsible for all the problems and must therefore fix them implies that anti-Semitism does not arise during crises because Jews are easy scapegoats, as some believe.
When things are fine people let Jews be. But when troubles ensue, the Jews are blamed for causing it. Evidently, willingly or unwillingly, Jews never stopped being the chosen people—chosen to fix the world. And the reason why there is anti-Semitism is very simply that the world is still not fixed. It is especially so when you have no desire to be one, and even if you did, you have no idea what it means or how to go about it.
When Jews are left alone they tend to assimilate. At the height of the convivencia [friendly coexistence] between Jews and Christians in Spain, the inquisition erupted and mercilessly extinguished the Jewish community. Five centuries later, when the Jews in Germany were almost completely emancipated and strove to dissolve in the German society, the National Socialist party came about and exterminated the Jews throughout Europe almost entirely.
Jews are largely confident that seeing toxic anti-Semitism of the kind we see in Europe is unlikely on the other side of the Atlantic. However, the reality of increasing anti-Semitism on U. As it happened in Spain and in Germany, the harder U. Jews try to assimilate, the more painfully they will be pushed away. It is already beginning to happen, and the similarity between past process and the current situation in America makes the seemingly benign state of U.
Jewry a very precarious one. Similar to its diasporas, the State of Israel wishes only to be a nation in the family of nations. Instead, it is rebuked time and again, especially by the entity representing the entire world: The below report by UN Watch demonstrates the inexplicably disproportionate negative attention given to Israel : Not a single UNGA resolution this year 70th session is expected to be adopted on gross and systematic abuses committed by China, Cuba, Egypt, Pakistan, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Sri Lanka, Sudan, Yemen, Zimbabwe, or on dozens of other perpetrators of gross and systematic human rights violations.
However hard Jews try, they will not be able to avoid doing what they must. Now, either they realize what is the wrong they are doing and fix it or the world will punish them once more. The Midrash Beresheet Rabah tells us that when Abraham saw his countryfolk arguing and quarrelling he tried to make peace and help them unite. The book, Pirkey de Rabbi Eliezer, describes how Abraham once walked next to the Tower of Babylon and watched the people building it, lifting the heavy stones one at a time.
He noticed that if a stone fell down the workers mourned its loss, but if one of their coworkers fell they utterly ignored it.
When he saw this he cursed them and wished for their failure. When Abraham discovered that the problem of his countryfolk was disunity and alienation, he began to urge them to unite. Even when he was deported from his homeland he kept calling out his message, and anyone who resonated with the message of unity above all differences was welcome to join him. Abraham, an inquisitive person by nature, discovered that the enormous diversity before us derives from one source—a creative force that manifests in myriad ways that lead back to that source.
He realized that the indifference and alienation of his people, as he witnessed in the builders of the tower, could be mended if they united in the aspiration to grasp that force, as he did. But because they were unaware of its existence, they became separated and alienated from one another, believing in different things and aspiring for different things. However, at the time the Babylonians were not ready for the idea that one, benevolent force comprised the whole reality. As the Midrash and Maimonides tell us, Abraham was expelled from his country because of his ideas.
But as he wandered, he gathered around him followers, planted brotherly love in their hearts, and they became a nation committed to passing on his method for happiness through unity. A Light unto Nations: Self-centeredness and alienation increased in the world around them as it did in them. At the time of Moses, Israel had amassed such a level of disunity that they needed a new method if they were to unite above it.
They were also far more Hebrews than the tribe that went into Egypt. But the reception of the Torah came with a prerequisite: But that nation was like none other. Being founded upon the principle of love of others, they were entrusted with a task to pass on the method for uniting, for loving your neighbor as yourself. Abraham did not intend to unite the Jews. In his days, Judaism as we know it did not even exist.
This is why he took the mixed multitude, as he thought that thus would be the correction of the world … However, he did not succeed because of the corruptions that occurred along the way. The people of Israel worked hard to keep the tenet of unity. They had to fight their own growing egos, and the attacks of other nations.
At first, they seem like people at war, wishing to kill one another. Then they return to being in brotherly love. Not only was the Jewish people exiled from the land of Israel, the Jews also lost their war against self-centeredness. Jews still had high regard for unity, as they still do to this day, but they began to use it to gain self-centered purposes instead of as a means for correction of the ego and as an asset to be passed on to all mankind.
In the time since the ruin of the Temple, many sages recognized the absolute necessity of unity for the Jews and for the world. Regrettably, their voice was not heard because the Jews were too preoccupied with themselves. The correction began in the generation of Babylon, meaning the correction of gathering and assembling of people which began with Abraham.
When there are love, unity, and friendship between each other in Israel, no calamity can come over them. And when the Jews do not listen and do not unite, they suffer the consequences.
If we do not come out with united ranks toward the mighty forces standing in our way then we are doomed before we even started. Still, because whenever there is pain the Jews are to blame, the Jews did suffer persecutions and expulsions wherever they went. Since hatred and disunity is at the heart of every problem, the Jews were always viewed as the perpetrators, even though the persecutors could not rationally explain why they blamed the Jews and had to make up absurd rumors about them.
And yet, however painful, these persecutions were not meant to annihilate the Jews altogether. In the early 20th century things began to change. Europe was locked in rivalries and alliances, and tensions were running high. The hatred culminated in the outbreak of WWI. Chemical warfare was used for the first time, many millions of people died, and many more were left destitute and hopeless. Germany was brought to its knees, but all of Europe was in ruins. No one was happy. When Hitler rose to power and blamed the war on the Jews, hardly anyone objected.
Initially, he did not plan to exterminate the Jews, but only to expel them from his country. With suave indifference, country by country excused itself from taking in Jews. The Australian delegate, T. On May 13, , he did what he had promised, and Jews left for Cuba ,  hoping to eventually enter the U.