Do you believe there has been a change in the persistence of antisemitism in the world?
For millennia, the Jewish people have suffered from two large prejudices (among others). First, Jews have been regarded as “Christ-killers” for their alleged role in the crucifixion of Jesus. Secondly, Jews have been hated for being “money lenders” who charge unfair interest rates (usurers). Even today, Jewish people are perceived as controlling the banking industry and Hollywood. Pope John Paul’s edict in 1985 did a lot to change Catholic perceptions of the Jewish people, reversing long standing church doctrine regarding Jews. Yet, beyond the Catholic church, prejudices such as those identified here and others persist. Is the reform of the Catholic church an anomaly or is it being emulated elsewhere in the world?