(Dennis Prager) In “Why the Jews?” my book on anti-Semitism, there is a chapter on anti-Americanism. My co-author, Rabbi Joseph Telushkin, and I long ago understood that many of the reasons for Jew-hatred and America-hatred were the same.
Among them are envy of success — material, of course, but even more importantly, success in terms of influence. Another is the religious foundation of both peoples: Both America and the Jews are rooted in a belief in God, a belief they are a Chosen People and belief in the Bible, especially the Old Testament, as the book from which they derive their values.
America-haters and Jew-haters resent the enormous influence both nations have had on the world, have contempt for their belief in being Chosen, and dismiss the Bible as irrelevant and even malevolent.
In the premodern age, Christian anti-Semitism was primarily animated by the charge of deicide — the charge that the Jews killed Christ, a charge that does not have a parallel in anti-Americanism. But beginning in the 20th century, the reasons for the two hatreds converged. (Read More)