As part of its mission of identifying, monitoring, and countering contemporary manifestations of Jew-hatred, the Combat Antisemitism Movement (CAM) has produced a YouTube series addressing and debunking common tropes used to demonize the Jewish people.
The latest episode published this week addresses the age-old stereotype that “Jews are greedy.” It can be viewed here:
The narration of the video follows:
Throughout history, a common antisemitic trope has associated Jews with greed. The stereotype is rooted in generalizations and false assumptions about Jewish wealth.
To make matters worse, the trope has been amplified recently by major social influencers, such as Joe Rogan, who hosts a popular Spotify podcast with 11 million listeners per show.
In reality, charitable giving, or “tzedakah,” is a fundamental part of Judaism. Jews, who comprise only around 2% of the American population, are among the most charitable donors in the U.S., both as individuals and a community.
While this generosity has theological roots, “tzedakah” is common across all levels of religious observance among Jews, from ultra-Orthodox to secular. And according to Jewish tradition, small donations from the poor are of equal importance to large donations from the wealthy.
Those who claim Jews are greedy clearly don’t know the facts. But it’s these types of baseless accusations that fuel antisemitic hatred and threaten Jewish communities everywhere.
A previous episode tackled the oft-made claim that “all Jews are rich.” It can be viewed here: