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Business site raises eyebrows by asking 'Why Do Some People Hate Jews?'
Business Insider CEO and Editor-in-Chief Henry Blodget in New York earlier this year.
May 30th, 2012
10:25 AM ET

Business site raises eyebrows by asking 'Why Do Some People Hate Jews?'

By Dan Gilgoff, CNN.com Religion Editor

(CNN) - The Business Insider, a popular business-focused news website, posted a curious headline on its site: “Why Do Some People Hate Jews?”

Tuesday's headline and accompanying blog post, from Business Insider CEO and Editor-in-Chief Henry Blodget, wound up turning a lot of heads. The avalanche of response and criticism prompted Blodget - a high-profile former Wall Street analyst - to revise his headline and offer explanations/defenses of his post throughout the day.

“Along with many other sites, this site is occasionally visited by people whose mission in life appears to be to express hatred of Jews,” Blodget wrote in his original post. “And hatred of Jews has obviously been an ongoing theme worldwide for centuries.

“What is the source of this animosity? Why does it perpetuate itself? Where did this prejudice come from?”

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The query drew plenty of tongue wagging from many corners of the Internet. “That’s right, there sure is nowhere better to suss out the reasoning behind one of the greatest attempted genocides of our modern times than in an Internet comments section,” Mediaite jested in a post that seethed disapproval.

“Is this how websites get traffic now?” Mediaite writer Jon Bershad continued. “Should Mediaite’s next slideshow be 'Top 10 Stereotypes About Black People'?"

Later Tuesday, Blodget updated his piece with a new headline, “What Are the Sources of Anti-Semitism?” explaining the initial headline “made a lot of people angry ...  (s)o I changed it.”

Blodget also subbed out the original photo, which he characterized as featuring a pair of “jovial Orthodox Jews,” with a picture of Jewish actress Natalie Portman. He wrote that some readers found the original photo “needlessly provocative.”

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By day’s end, Blodget offered his seventh update, saying that he wish he’d never published the piece. “Whatever interesting responses came from the post, I now regret writing it,” Blodget wrote. "I am very sorry to anyone I offended. I sincerely apologize.”

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  1. Joel

    Why are Jews often the object of hatred? It is a fair question, because it does occur. To me it is obvious. It is like reading the Book of Job. Why did Job suffer such calamaties? The reason was outside of his own realm. This was a matter between God and Satan. Job 1 specifically reveals to us this fact. God favored Job, and Satan wanted to mess with him, and to a point God allowed him to. So it is with God's chosen people. Since God chose Abraham, it has never been easy for his descendants. The devil, who is also called "the prince of the power of the air" has turned much of the world against God's people. Satan is very real, and mentioned throughout the Bible. Why do we act as though he doesn't exist? Once we understand that this battle for the soul of the Jewish people is a spritiual battle that is ongoing in the heavenly realms, then we can begin to deal with it. This also applies to God's chosen people in the spiritual sense (Christians). I pray for the salvation of the Jewish people, may many come to know peace with God (as I have) that comes through faith in Yeshua/ Jesus and His atonement for our sins. Shalom

    June 3, 2012 at 8:38 pm |
  2. Ikramuddin Akbar

    To all chosen People of God: please reserve your hatred,for those who steal foods from the most vulnerable starved of the Africa, who dont give access to those who really want to help the needy ones who are dying of diseases Throw abundance of love and respect to them who recognize people with humanity and equality.

    June 2, 2012 at 9:49 am |
  3. Atheism is not healthy for children and other living things

    Prayer changes things

    June 1, 2012 at 8:03 pm |
    • Jesus

      Prayer doesn’t not; you are such a LIAR. You have NO proof it changes anything! A great example of prayer proven not to work is the Christians in jail because prayer didn't work and their children died. For example: Susan Grady, who relied on prayer to heal her son. Nine-year-old Aaron Grady died and Susan Grady was arrested.

      An article in the Journal of Pediatrics examined the deaths of 172 children from families who relied upon faith healing from 1975 to 1995. They concluded that four out of five ill children, who died under the care of faith healers or being left to prayer only, would most likely have survived if they had received medical care.

      The statistical studies from the nineteenth century and the three CCU studies on prayer are quite consistent with the fact that humanity is wasting a huge amount of time on a procedure that simply doesn’t work. Nonetheless, faith in prayer is so pervasive and deeply rooted, you can be sure believers will continue to devise future studies in a desperate effort to confirm their beliefs!

      June 4, 2012 at 10:55 am |
  4. WOW

    I don't hat Jewish people.

    June 1, 2012 at 1:55 pm |
  5. len

    Why this one is easy! Jews are better looking, smarter, are far better in bed, and are all-round better people than Christians sad to say. And we are all rich (even the poor one, they just hide their money!) since we control all media, banking, sciences, education, health care, insurance and of course the internet (we watching you!) and lastly G-d loves us and not you! Now take your meds and put back on the strait jacket and go to bed!

    June 1, 2012 at 1:34 am |
    • HeavenSent

      Actually len, Jews learn God's spiritual truth (righteousness) how to be the best that He wants all of us to be.

      June 1, 2012 at 2:17 am |
  6. LovingAtheists

    Not possessing a religious basis for morality, atheists are fundamentally incapable of having a coherent system of morality.

    The Barna Group found that atheists and agnostics in America were more likely, than theists in America, to look upon the following behaviors as morally acceptable: illegal dr.ug use; excessive drinking; se-xual relationships outside of marriage; ab-ortion; cohabitating with someone of opposite s-ex outside of marriage; obs-cene language; gambling; por-n-ography and obs-cene se-xual behavior; and engaging in hom-ose-xuality/bise-xuality.

    May 31, 2012 at 8:19 pm |
    • LovingAtheists

      The Journal of Medical Ethics declared concerning the atheist and sa-dist Marquis de Sade:

      In 1795 the Marquis de Sade published his La Philosophic dans le boudoir, in which he proposed the use of induced abor-tion for social reasons and as a means of pop-ulation control. It is from this time that medical and social acceptance of abor-tion can be dated, although previously the subject had not been discussed in public in modern times. It is suggested that it was largely due to de Sade's writing that induced abor-tion received the impetus which resulted in its subsequent spread in western society.

      Population control is based on pseudoscience and ill founded economic assumptions. CBS News reported: "According to a mail-in survey of nearly 4,000 British doctors, those who were atheist or agnostic were almost twice as willing to take actions designed to hasten the end of life.

      May 31, 2012 at 8:20 pm |
    • HawaiiGuest

      An evangelical group putting out "statistics" that paint people who don't agree with them in a bad light. Gee what a surprise.

      May 31, 2012 at 8:23 pm |
    • Ecclesiastes 7:17

      Yeah..shame on them because no other group ever uses stats to their favor right?

      May 31, 2012 at 8:26 pm |
    • HawaiiGuest

      Many groups do, did I say no one else did? Multiple polls from different sources would lend credence, but a single poll from a group that regularly wants to demonize atheists doesn't really hold a lot of weight.

      May 31, 2012 at 8:33 pm |
    • HawaiiGuest

      Maybe instead of jumping to a conclusion about what I supposedly think of other polling groups, you might want to look at why you jump to that conclusion. Is it because I disagree with it? If I agreed with the poll would you have said anything?

      May 31, 2012 at 8:40 pm |
    • Jen

      What loving atheists omits is that it is Christians getting all of these abortions. Despite having a higher proportion of atheists and agnostics (and no restrictions on abortion unlike the US), the abortion rate is MUCH LOWER in Canada. How do you explain that?

      I certainly hope that I have an atheist or agnostic doctor when I'm dying. I certainly would not want a doctor that refuses to give me that extra dose of morphine because he/she thinks that it's god's decision to let me suffer.

      May 31, 2012 at 8:44 pm |
    • Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

      Hey, LA, when your 15-year-old dog stops eating, can't walk, and is subsequently diagnosed with bone cancer, do you just let the animal suffer, or do you actually have balls enough to provide a humane death?

      May 31, 2012 at 8:48 pm |
    • Reality

      Bill Gates and Warren Buffett are atheists or agnostics depending on which biography you read.

      June 1, 2012 at 7:41 am |
  7. Reality

    For those who reading challenged: Pity the believers, don't hate them:

    SAVING 1.5 BILLION LOST MUSLIMS:
    THERE NEVER WERE AND NEVER WILL BE ANY ANGELS I.E. NO GABRIEL, NO ISLAM AND THEREFORE NO MORE KORANIC-DRIVEN ACTS OF HORROR AND TERROR LIKE 9/11.

    SAVING 2 BILLION LOST CHRISTIANS:
    THERE WERE NEVER ANY BODILY RESURRECTIONS AND THERE WILL NEVER BE ANY BODILY RESURRECTIONS I.E. NO EASTER, NO CHRISTIANITY.

    SAVING 15.5 MILLION FOLLOWERS OF JUDAISM:
    ABRAHAM AND MOSES PROBABLY NEVER EXISTED.

    Added details upon request.

    May 31, 2012 at 5:48 pm |
    • Reality

      Ooops, make that "who are reading challenged".

      June 1, 2012 at 12:45 am |
    • Bob Bales

      You believe that there was no bodily resurrection (but did you know that one of the foremost experts on the rules of evidence in the 19th century - and a non-believer - studied the accounts of the Resurrection and concluded that they were most probably eyewitness accounts). You believe that Abraham and Moses never existed. But your beliefs are not the same as reality.

      June 1, 2012 at 1:46 pm |
  8. JGN

    the world has been full of lunatics since lizards climbed out of the swamps. Benighted, ignorant, angry people who do absolutely nothing but point their webbed fingers elsewhere.
    Some lunatics point here, some lunatics point there, but not one ever points to themselves and the anger they stoke relentlessly, which is indeed at the core of all this disgusting debate about who has the right to kill who.

    May 31, 2012 at 11:28 am |
  9. yannaes

    Because they are an easy target.

    May 31, 2012 at 10:44 am |
  10. Somebody

    iJews has nuclear weapon but Arab countries hasn't nuclear weapon !!

    May 31, 2012 at 10:33 am |
    • Network

      Thats a very very good thing.

      May 31, 2012 at 12:51 pm |
    • Ikramuddin Akbar

      Religions should stop fearing and hating each others, the next and final war will be with the Godless people ,in the East and in the West. Prepare for that.

      June 1, 2012 at 3:16 pm |
    • Ikramuddin Akbar

      So! what are those for? drop them on the neighboring Arabs and see the fallout! this tiny land given in charity or in compensations to you by your saviour,in lieu of the crimes commited on jews for centuries in the west ,will be wipe out from the face of the world. Remember Muslims never fear deaths and weapons.They only fear "munafiqeen" in their own row.

      June 1, 2012 at 3:52 pm |
  11. Chad

    If you are curious what the real source of the middle east conflict is, and what the real solution is, just ask yourself these simple questions:

    1) If all of the weapons in Egypt, Jordan, Syria, Jordan, Iran were destroyed tomorrow , what would happen?
    2) If all of the weapons in Israel were destroyed tomorrow, what would happen?

    Answer to #1: nothing
    Answer to #2: Every Israeli would be annihilated within 24 hours.

    May 31, 2012 at 10:18 am |
  12. Somebody

    Because Jews try to kill the christ and they are proud with that !

    Killing many arab women and children without any mercy.

    Controlling people in United States to change them from anti slaves to kill many muslims..

    Best Wishes for good people *_^

    May 31, 2012 at 10:07 am |
    • Chad

      We all "killed" Christ(our sinfulness required His death on the cross as an atoning sacrifice), but if you want to be specific it was the Roman army that crucified Jesus.

      Israel only ever defends itself, trying to argue that point? Are you trying to say that Israel's is the problem due to their "aggression?". The answer is extremely simple, the source of the problem very easy to identify, just ask these simple questions:

      1) If all of the weapons in Egypt, Jordan, Syria, Jordan, Iran were destroyed tomorrow, what would happen?
      2) If all of the weapons in Israel were destroyed tomorrow, what would happen?

      Answer to #1: nothing
      Answer to #2: Every Israeli would be annihilated within 24 hours.

      May 31, 2012 at 10:22 am |
    • Bob Bales

      How is it possible to dislike Jews for things they don't do?

      June 1, 2012 at 1:50 pm |
  13. Somebody

    Because Jews try to kill the christ and they are proud with that !
    Killing many arab women and children without any mercy.
    Controlling people in United States to change them from anti slaves to killing many muslims..
    Best Wishes for good people *_^

    May 31, 2012 at 10:05 am |
  14. Somebody

    Because Jews try to kill the christ and they are proud with that !

    Killing many arab women and children without any mercy.

    Controlling people in United States to change them from anti slaves to killing many muslims..

    Best Wishes for good people *_^

    May 31, 2012 at 10:03 am |
    • A Jew who is also a Christian Messenger

      Sorry to tell ya , but the Jews succeded in the death of Jesus ... what I don't understand is your use of that as a basis for hating Jews... You reveal your complete ignorance fo salvation... such as without the death and resurrection of Jesus {which ceretainly did happen as I am this day a witness of his resurrection }, there woudl be no asis for the gentiles for salvation... you see his blood was shed for the atoning sacrifice for the sins of all the world not just gentile but Jew as well.. so there is no basis for the hatred for the priests who offered up the most perfect sacrifice ever !!!! except for you and the many like you who have no idea or knowledge of salvation in its' reality .... it's a demonstration of your ignorance and the ignoramce of the many so called Christians in history who hated Jews like HAMAN!!!! planting the seeds of the holocaust!!! Blessed be the Lord God who made all tihings by Jesus Christ... anything to end on a happy note 🙂 🙂 🙂

      June 1, 2012 at 3:07 pm |
  15. Mandy

    I completely understand why he regrets writing this. Reading these comments really makes one feel alone in a world of complete idiots.

    May 31, 2012 at 10:02 am |
    • Randy

      Sadly, you probably won't see this Mandy, as if you have any survival instinct as a human you would have long left this place, but I know how you feel. It's a real sad, empty feeling, like watching someone try to run a railroad crossing before the train hits their car. Then I stop caring about them and go do something fun and productive, like getting stoned and watching Jeopardy with some friends!

      June 1, 2012 at 12:36 pm |
  16. JOSE0311USMC

    I DON'T LIKE JEWS BECAUSE THEY ARE CHEAP–GREEDY..I DELIVER THEIR MAIL FOR 33 YEARS AND I NEVER GOT A PENNY FROM THEM...

    May 31, 2012 at 9:52 am |
    • skpfrmdc

      you're a MAILMAN not a WAITER.... if you want tips go work in a carwash and use them tips to improve your english.

      May 31, 2012 at 10:33 am |
  17. Reality

    We all suffer from some kind of religious brainwashing that occasionally results in hatred of each other. Putting it into proper perspective.

    AND THE INFAMOUS ANGELIC CONS CONTINUE TO WREAK STUPIDITY UPON THE WORLD

    Joe Smith had his Moroni.

    "Latter-day Saints also believe that Michael the Archangel was Adam (the first man) when he was mortal, and Gabriel lived on the earth as Noah."

    Jehovah Witnesses have their Jesus /Michael the archangel, the first angelic being created by God;

    Mohammed had his Gabriel (this "tin-kerbell" got around).

    Jesus and his family had Michael, Gabriel, and Satan, the latter being a modern day dem-on of the de-mented.

    The Abraham-Moses myths had their Angel of Death and other "no-namers" to do their dirty work or other assorted duties.

    Contemporary biblical and religious scholars have relegated these "pretty wingie thingies" to the myth pile. We should do the same to include deleting all references to them in our religious operating manuals. Doing this will eliminate the prophet/profit/prophecy status of these founders and put them where they belong as simple humans just like the rest of us.

    Some added references to "tink-erbells".

    newadvent.org/cathen/07049c.htm

    "The belief in guardian angels can be traced throughout all antiquity; pagans, like Menander and Plutarch (cf. Euseb., "Praep. Evang.", xii), and Neo-Platonists, like Plotinus, held it. It was also the belief of the Babylonians and As-syrians, as their monuments testify, for a figure of a guardian angel now in the British Museum once decorated an As-syrian palace, and might well serve for a modern representation; while Nabopolassar, father of Nebuchadnezzar the Great, says: "He (Marduk) sent a tutelary deity (cherub) of grace to go at my side; in everything that I did, he made my work to succeed."

    Catholic monks and Dark Age theologians also did their share of hallu-cinating:

    "TUBUAS-A member of the group of angels who were removed from the ranks of officially recognized celestial hierarchy in 745 by a council in Rome under Pope Zachary. He was joined by Uriel, Adimus, Sabaoth, Simiel, and Raguel."

    And tin-ker- bells go way, way back:

    "In Zoroastrianism there are different angel like creatures. For example each person has a guardian angel called Fravashi. They patronize human being and other creatures and also manifest god’s energy. Also, the Amesha Spentas have often been regarded as angels, but they don't convey messages, but are rather emanations of Ahura Mazda ("Wise Lord", God); they appear in an abstract fashion in the religious thought of Zarathustra and then later (during the Achaemenid period of Zoroastrianism) became personalized, associated with an aspect of the divine creation (fire, plants, water...)."

    "The beginnings of the biblical belief in angels must be sought in very early folklore. The gods of the Hitti-tes and Canaanites had their supernatural messengers, and parallels to the Old Testament stories of angels are found in Near Eastern literature. "

    "The 'Magic Papyri' contain many spells to secure just such help and protection of angels. From magic traditions arose the concept of the guardian angel. "

    For added information see the review at:

    May 31, 2012 at 8:54 am |
  18. krehator

    Why do so many Jews hate non-Jews? Why do so many people hate Christians? Why do so many people hate Muslims? Why do so many people hate whites, blacks, orientals, ect ect ect ect....

    The real question I want to know is why only some groups get the pity party attention from the media, as if no one else has to suffer the same discrimination?

    May 31, 2012 at 8:48 am |
    • Chad

      What you are missing is the degree of hatred that exists towards Jews.

      Has there ever been a Christian or Muslim holocaust? Has 2/3 of a black, or oriental population, ever been systematically targeted and killed? 6million people out of a European population of 9 million were killed by Nazi Germany.

      Name one other genocide that even approaches that.

      May 31, 2012 at 10:28 am |
    • Nii

      All around the world there is this wrongful perception that the words Israeli, Israelite, Jew, Messianic Jew, Rabbinic Jew Kazirite Jew and Hebrew mean the same thing. So Rabbinic Jews get to carry de cross of de sins of all who have borne those names.

      June 1, 2012 at 2:06 am |
  19. Be nice!

    I can't believe CNN would allow these horrible, hateful comments to be posted. I will not read Cnn.com anymore. You should all be ashamed of yourselves for having such hatred in your minds. Your mothers did a horrible job raising you filled with hatred, jealousy, and ignorance.

    May 31, 2012 at 8:30 am |
  20. Soo

    This is such a dumb question. The keyword is "some." Why do some people hate Chinese people? Why do some people hate Muslims? Same concept.

    There's always going to be a small minority that passionately hates a certain group.

    May 31, 2012 at 8:24 am |
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