Have any of you ever experienced or seen anti-semitism among JWs? I don't necessarily mean hateful discrimination, but stereotypical or biased ideas about Jews?
For example, I remember one time at the WT study, there was mention of Jesus' debates with the Pharisees, and the WT conductor--who grew up in a working-class Queens neighborhood... i.e. Archie Bunker land--made some remark about how Jews were stubborn, argumentative people. Several people in the congregation laughed and looked at my family. I wasn't offended, because the conductor had a habit of saying un-PC things, but was actually a wonderful kind and hospitable person, and I'd never known him to show prejudice towards anybody.
Tonight at the bookstudy, when commenting on the scripture where Israel is called 'stiff-necked', a brother said that Jews are stubborn people. Again, he's a really friendly guy whom I have a good relationship with, so I wasn't really offended... I just gave him a look of mock horror, and he laughed. (He said afterwards that he didn't know that I was Jewish, but he didn't apologize for his statement or retract it.)
There are other times where it has been less amusing. When my family lived in Europe for a few years, we experienced financial difficulties (we were need-greaters), and some of the local friends figured that we must have money, because we were American Jews; and that we didn't need help, because Jews always stick together.
I've had other Witnesses react with a mixture of amusement, curiosity, and even respect at the fact that I'm Jewish, as if it made me some sort of oddity.
Like I said, I've never had to deal with overt prejudice. But it still surprises me sometimes that in modern, multi-cultural America, some people still see a person of Jewish descent as an oddity. And I wonder whether it's fueled by all the attention given to the nation of Israel in the Society's publications.