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“We Don’t Control America” and Other Myths, Part 2

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Darcy notes:

Sometimes it’s just innocent questions: people don’t know better. A Jewish girlfriend of mine was asked if it’s true that Jews freeze the placentas of their babies and then eat them. No. But there are definitely versions of the blood libel still around—[the lie] that Jews use the blood of Christian children to make their matzo for Passover. . . .

I have a classmate who is Egyptian. She came with me to synagogue once and was looking through the prayer book, which is in Hebrew and English. She was looking for the part where it says we should kill all the Arabs, because that’s what she was always taught. But there isn’t anything in the prayer book or anything else about that because Jews don’t believe that. We don’t teach our children to hate Arabs or that they or any other non-Jews must die.

She also thinks that Jews rule the U.S., which a lot of people think. We don’t control America. In fact, until very recently, in many ways we were similar to blacks. It was fashionable to dislike Jews. We got blackballed from country clubs. If you look at charters for covenant-controlled communities, the old charters will actually list in their rules: “No blacks, no Jews. Mow your lawn once a week.” They just put it in like it was a normal thing.1

Citations

  • 1 : “There’s Something About the Jews,” in Gaskins, I Believe In...: Christian, Jewish, and Muslim Young People Speak About Their Faith (Chicago: Cricket Books, 2004), 92.

“Nosotros no Controlamos a los Estados Unidos” y Otros Mitos — Parte 2

Darcy señala lo siguiente:

A veces son solo preguntas inocentes: las personas no saben que no es así. Le preguntaron a una amiga judía si era cierto que los judíos congelaban las placentas de sus bebés y luego se las comían. No, pero aún circulan versiones de los libelos de sangre; [la mentira] acerca de que los judíos usan la sangre de niños cristianos para hacer la matzá para la Pascua judía…

Tengo una compañera de clase que es egipcia. Una vez, ella fue conmigo a la sinagoga y repasaba el libro de oraciones, el cual está escrito en hebreo e inglés. Ella buscaba la parte donde dice que debemos matar a todos los árabes, porque eso era lo que siempre le habían enseñado. Sin embargo, no hay nada en el libro de oraciones ni nada parecido al respecto porque los judíos no creen eso; no les enseñamos a nuestros niños a odiar a los árabes o que ellos o alguna otra persona que no sea judía deba morir.

Ella también cree que los judíos controlan a los Estados Unidos, algo que mucha gente piensa. Nosotros no controlamos a los Estados Unidos. De hecho, hasta hace muy poco, en muchos aspectos éramos parecidos a los negros. Era una moda tener aversión por los judíos; nos excluían de los clubes sociales. Si observan las actas constitutivas de las comunidades controladas mediante pactos, encontrarán que las antiguas actas constitutivas incluyen en sus reglas: “No se admiten negros ni judíos. Corte el césped de su casa una vez por semana”. Lo ponían como si fuera algo normal.1

Citations

  • 1 : “There’s Something About the Jews,” in Gaskins, I Believe In...: Christian, Jewish, and Muslim Young People Speak About Their Faith (Chicago: Cricket Books, 2004), 92.

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