What is it about Jewish people that makes the world dislike them? Certainly there may be anthropological and sociological commentary, but there is also a psychological point of view that addresses the issue on an individual level.
To wit, anti-Semitism has been manifesting in reaction to the recent conflict of Israel vs. the Palestinians in Gaza that is governed by Hamas. Some people may defend their antagonism by asserting that their issue is not with Jews in general but with Israel in particular committing genocide against innocent Palestinian civilians.
Many people.villified Israel for attacking Gaza and killing civilians. What was not addressed, however, was that Hamas fired 1000 missiles at Israel, mostly schools.and other civilian structures, before Israel responded (http://www.themilitant.com/2014/7829/782901.html).
When a seaech is conducted on Google looking for articles about this latest conflict this information is left out. Many articles will adress that Gaza said they were responding to arrests that Israel made, but the bulk of the articles focus more on how many civilians in Gaza were killed
by Israeli aggression (https://www.google.com/search?site=&source=hp&ei=8lpyVL-ZKIirogTz44CADQ&…).
Recently, five Israelis were killed in an attack in a synagogue by two Palestinians. The press reported thus by citing justifications for rhe attack (http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/middleeast/palestinianauthorit…).
This question was posed recently in a blog (http://www.businessinsider.com/why-do-people-hate-jews-2012-5). The writer was startled by the nature of the responses, many of which called him out for just focusing on Jews. He was merely responding to the same question that was an exam question in .British religious studies group.
First of all here’s an interesting fact: Jews make up only .2% of the world’s population (http://www.jewishjournal.com/thebulletinbored/item/5_reasons_jews_win_so…). And yet, Jews win 22% of Nobel Prizes. In this country, Jews make up 2.2% of the poularion (http://mobile.nytimes.com/2013/10/01/us/poll-shows-major-shift-in-identi…).
So what makes people vilify Jews? Aish.com is a webisre that is devoted to Judaica. One article addresses this issue and discusses many reasons (http://www.aish.com/sem/wtj/82878122.html?mobile=yes).
Jews have always, for example, been seen as outsiders with a unique culture and religion. Unfortunately, even.when Jews took steps to assimilate into their host country’s culture they were still ostracized.
The same article also discusses that anti-Semitism is unique from other hatred againstbafainst other groups. Anti-Semitism has been around for about 2000 years; it is worldwide in that many disparate peoples and countries are prejudiced; the reasons given are vague and inconsistent.
Such is probably the reason for vilifying Israel: it is the Jewish state.
Perhaps Hitler’s genocide of Jewish people in Europe happened as a result of thousands of years of Jews being vilified, persecuted, and thus dehumanized.
Although the Jewish religion was the first to focus on human rights, charity to the poor, weak and helpless, many people still have no respect for the religion and culture.
Perhaps acceptance will take a bit longer.