I just read that three mayors and several rabbis were arrested for corruption.
Some pictures from newspapers:
Now seeing these pictures, as an Israeli, my first response is to believe them. The view of rabbis as corrupt is an easy one to adopt in Israel as so many of the high profile rabbis in politics are corrupt (though who isn't in politics). Israelis are not immune to antisemitic stereotypes, perhaps even the opposite. We are taught their images, which then popup when you see these pictures. Pictures which clearly resound of antisemitism. There were many people arrested, and still they chose these images. I can't blame them, it works on me too. I feel the racism against them in me just the same, though at least with me it comes from many many years of knowing them. I say them - obviously stereotyping.
There was just now a case (a mini-storm) in the US where a prominent Black professor at Harvard, Henry Louis Gates Jr., was arrested in his own home for breaking into it by a white cop who was called to the scene by a neighbor seeing 2 black people force open the door to the house (his key didn't work). There was some angry exchange of words and the professor was arrested.
Now there was obviously no reason for him to be arrested. He was upset and tired after a long flight, and yelled at the police officer who didn't like it and arrested him. The fact that the prof. was black and policeman white was most probably the instigator of the case, as otherwise they would have probably calmed down immediately. Both were caught in their own stereotypes. (Let me make it clear that I think the officer was completely in the wrong. He should have understood the situation better and not lost his own temper. But I don't at all think he was necessarily a racist.)
We all stereotype constantly. There is here a great discussion on How do we inoculate young girls against gender stereotypes?
Gender stereotypes is one form of stereotype, but there are many. We all have them in us. Is it ok? How do we deal with them?
If living in Israel made me somewhat racist against religious fanatics, could we expect black people not to feel racist towards white people, or women towards men? No one likes people who try to control them. (well, that's obviously false, but I'll let that go at the moment). But we need to control that, don't we? How do we handle them well?