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A GOOD ONE

The teacher is asking her class what they did for Christmas. Not wishing to leave out her Jewish pupil she asks him too. Isaac replies: "It's the same every year. Dad comes home from the office, we pile into the Rolls Royce, drive to Dad's toy factory, look at all the empty shelves, and sing 'What a Friend We Have in Jesus'. Then off to the Bahamas".

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I don't understand what's supposed to be funny about this. All I see is perpetuation of the negative stereotype about Jews that results, to mention a case I came across recently (amongst other consequences), in Jewish people being mugged because of the expectation they would be loaded.
Of course you are right. But for many, many years in Ireland Jews were considered to be 'loaded' through their industry, much like the Japanese were considered to be during and after WW II and the Chinese are at present.
I think we've become too sensitive about such things nowadays. Apologies.

Edited at 2018-01-03 14:12 (UTC)
Of course you are right. But for many, many years in Ireland Jews were considered to be 'loaded' through their industry,

You mean: people noticed the rich ones, who had risen to the tops of their fields; they never noticed the poor ones.

much like the Japanese were considered to be during and after WW II and the Chinese are at present.

I cannot comment on attitudes towards the Japanese during and after WW2, but I don't perceive any such thing about the Chinese today. Or at least, not in the UK and Germany; things may be different in Ireland.

I think we've become too sensitive about such things nowadays.

Possibly—and in general, I am tempted to agree. But when you're making jokes at the expense of a group that has been victimised, that judgement is not yours to make.

Apologies.

Accepted.