It is indeed very easy to talk about the anti-Semitism of Christians because it is politically correct to do so. For Larry Stammer, to say that "the Gospel accounts ... have served as a fountainhead of anti-Semitism" (April 15 article) is just fine. But have we ever heard or read about the anti-Christian attitude of the Jews? Never, because this is simply not politically correct. Jewish history, however, is full of such instances and the Talmud is one place where we can find them. [As a matter of fact, Israel Shahak's book, Jewish History, Jewish Religion: The Weight of Three Thousand Years candidly deals with this subject and doesn't evade the truth, that] the Talmudic literature is replete with racist and discriminatory precepts and injunctions against non-Jews.
To their credit, Church leaders, recognized the sins of the past, took concrete steps and changed what might be offensive to the Jews in the text of the liturgy. Nothing similar can be found within Judaism today. [On the contrary, on March 23, 1980 "hundreds of copies of the New Testament were publicly and ceremonially burnt in Jerusalem under the auspices of Yad Le'akhim, a religious organization subsidized by the Israeli Ministry of Religions" (Shahak, p. 21).]
April 26, 1995
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