How about compiling a list of the most hilarious misconceptions Jews have of non-Jews? Anti-Semitic conspiracy theories aren’t inherently most hilarious than Jewish anti-gentile theories.

All in-groups have misconceptions of out-groups. Anti-Semites are not special.

I come from Australia. Australians tend to have a low opinion of everyone who is not Australian and they have some ridiculous notions about America. So too many Americans have silly notions about Australia.

I’m a convert to Orthodox Judaism. Many non-Jews I grew up with have ludicrous conceptions of Orthodox Judaism just as Orthodox Jews have many ludicrous conceptions of Christianity.

Yair Rosenberg writes: Last week, the British Labour party suspended Musabbir Ali, a former campaign official, for making anti-Semitic statements on social media. He joined an ignominious cast of characters punished for similar offenses, including a former mayor of London and a current parliament member. But Ali distinguished himself with his particularly creative brand of anti-Semitism.

On Twitter, among other bigoted bromides, he shared a link to a post claiming that the Jews had “financed Oliver Cromwell’s overthrowing and beheading of Stuart King Charles I after he refused them control of England’s finances.” This extraordinary assertion overlooked one minor detail: Jews were expelled from England in 1290 and could not legally return until 1657, years after Cromwell came to power.

Ali’s ahistorical absurdity highlighted an underappreciated aspect of anti-Semitic conspiracy theories: In addition to being hateful and ignorant, they are often hilarious.

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