This is a classical German sketch. One says: “The Jews and the bicycle riders are the cause of all evil in the world.” Says the other: “Why the bicycle riders?” Replies the first: “Why the Jews?”
One aspect of Antisemitism is the assignment of their collective guilt. As my mother used to put it: When a Catholic butcher overcharges his customers, he’s considered a thief. When a Jewish butcher cheats in business, all Jews are called dishonest.
There is nothing new under the sun. Understandably then, we Jews are anxious if a criminal in the news would be Jewish, because he could sullen the name of all Jews. Yet, that is not completely justified.
True, in the Europe for centuries we feqared that one misdeed of a Jew could endanger the whole community. Not for nothing are Ashkenazic Jews stressed about the human likelihood of making the smallest mistake. (Being in safer waters now, it’s high time to ease up, though.)
Despite all the above, I just want to stress that no Jew ever CAUSED Antisemitism. Anti-Jewish sentiments and stereotypes are around, often despite of us. (“I hate Jews but not you.”) But in any case, in no oppression we should collude with blaming the victim. We must expect of Gentiles to clean up all oppressions including anti-Jews oppression.
Jews are often depicted as over-priviledged and the overall enemy of all. What’s with that?
Better performance of Jews is often the outcome of a frantic attempt to survive – not because we are more gifted or more protected.
Rulers for millennia have used Jews to hold them hostage to their power and let them work for them, given Jews a bad name. Rejected by the antisemitic masses though, Jews had no one else to turn to. Then, when revolt against the rulers was imminent, they secretly started a hate campaign, and let the population cool its anger on the Jews, staying safe themselves.
Jews are under-protected by the population. When we are taken up by the Gentile masses, we will not lend exploiters a hand, but rather only work for the good of everyone.
Don’t blame Jews for being held hostage and don’t blame them for Antisemitism.