"Why do people hate Jews?"In some ways it was the most difficult question I had ever been asked. Her family and other members of the group stood around embarrassed, happy that they weren't expected to respond.
The irrational emotion/ideology of antisemitism has been around a long time, probably since our forefathers, Abraham, Issak and Jacob wandered the HolyLand thousands of years ago. Until the true Moshiach ben David, Messiah son of David brings us Redemption, we Jews will suffer from hatred, discrimination and violence.
No doubt that modern Jews aren't the first to mistakenly believe that we can find a cure for it.
It's so ingrained in many cultures, that people are unaware that their statements show strong anti-Jewish sentiment.
And too many Jews think it's up to us to irradicate it. They think there's a simple cure, like antibiotics against bacteria/infections. The Israeli Government thinks rebranding will get us more allies, not being willing to recognize that latent and "out of the closet" antisemtism is the cause of our diplomatic isolation.
We must fight antisemitism by recognizing it, labeling antisemites in all instances and making it clear in actions and words that we're proud Jews. We do what's best for us regardless of what others think or want.
This will give us respect, both self-respect and respect from others. That's it, straight and simple.