Business Insider Asks the Tough Jewish Question

Living in the 24-hour news cycle, there are many days where there just really isn’t anything to report. When this happens, there are a few options. Find a video of someone doing something cool/funny/stupid and post it, write an insightful op-ed piece to promote intelligent discourse…or ask people why they hate a certain race/religion/minority.

Oh, actually that last one shouldn’t be in there…EXCEPT IT IS.

Earlier today, Henry Blodget, the CEO and Editor-in-Chief of Business Insider, posed a question to readers that was so out of left field it is both shocking and hilarious. In a post, Blodget asked “Why Do Some People Hate Jews?”


Pondering this philosophical quandry, Blodget writes:

Along with many other sites, this site is occasionally visited by people whose mission in life appears to be to express hatred of Jews. (We delete these comments as quickly as we can, but they’re always startling in their venom, meanness, and stupidity.)

And hatred of Jews has obviously been an ongoing theme worldwide for centuries.

Hitler, for example, hated the Jews so much that he murdered 6 million of them.


And he isn’t asking this question in jest, guys. He really wants to know:

I’m asking this question seriously, and I’m going to Bleacher any comments that don’t answer it seriously. As usual, I’m also going to ban any anti-Semitic commenters. And I’m only going to keep the comments open for 24 hours, because I know what will happen once I stop checking back in and reading them.

How are comments describing why Jews are hated supposed to be anti-Semetic? That’s like saying that hookers should be chaste and only give you friendly hugs (well, I’m sure someone, somewhere is into that).
And you know that Blodget MUST be serious about his fact-finding mission if he’s posing this question, the answer to which has eluded Jews for centuries, to the highly logical minds of those who frequent the write comments under usernames like “rent needs to be paid” (obviously not Jewish). The comments section is basically like an Internet-based Mensa-level think tank, I’m sure by the time that the 24-hour period is over, Henry Blodget will have the definitive, unquestionable reason behind anti-Semitism. I, myself, am waiting with baited breath.


What do you think?

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5 Responses

  1. Steve Stein

    “I, myself, am waiting with baited breath.”

    Eating the herring again?

    Anyway, I think Blodget is going about this in the EXACTLY wrong way. If he wants to know why people hate Jews, the only opinions that are really relevant are the opinions of those who know – i.e. Anti-Semites.

    Blodget should ban EVERYONE but anti-Semites from commenting. Then he might learn something.

  2. Yoel Kornblum

    Christians and Moslem hate Jews because both Christianity and Islam are based on Jewish teaching. Therefore as long as the Jewish religion exists it is a constant reminder to those religions of where they came from. Naturally there is a tendency to eliminate Jews so Christianity and Islam can eventually claim that they were always first. Fact is the Hindu and Buddhism and other religions as well don’t hate Jews as the started their religion without reference to Jews. Both Islam and Christianity forced their religion on the Pagans but were unable to force it on the Jews, hence the constant hatred. Also in the post Henry Blodget claims to have removed offensive comments but there is one comments classified by him as “Featured Comments” written by “Andrew Hall” who claim to have “Jewish ancestry” and blame all the problems on Zionism. At least one should know that Zionism came at the end of the 19th century so it can’t be blamed for the previous years of Jewish hatred. I wonder if Henry Blodget is so detached from reality that he have not notices that offensive comments and also place it as a featured comments.

  3. Lori

    They want to know why people hate Jews, but they don’t want the haters to be the ones to explain it.

    They want big-noses like me and you to explain speculate instead. Get it? That way we can all learn something.

  4. Louis

    Perhaps it was about 15 years ago when Dennis Prager and Joseph Telushkin wrote their book Seven Reasons why People Hate Jews. This may not be the title but it is apropos of the question raised. The book is thoughtful, comprehensive and as close to the mark as most people will get to.
    Anyone who does raise this question in such a manner might have a problem in this regard as well. It’s like the rhetorical question: how could so many people, from so many different cultures and economic positions over a period of two thousand years focus their hatred against the Jews? Must there not be a good reason for this??

    Read the Prager Telushkin book to settle those qualms. No, we are not the problem those who hate are.

    Lou the Jew


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