An example would be in the middle ages when the Bubonic Plague (Black Plague) was rampant Jews were the only demographic that wasn't getting it due to the fact that all Jews living where the plague was lived in close knit healthy communities differing from the peasants living in squalor usually getting it. That of course was blamed on the Jews.
Another example would be the Holocaust. Hitler was a pathetic man with one testicle and hate in his heart. He decided to take out his anger on the Jews, gays, gypsies and others by winning the hearts of the easily impressed German populace with his moderate speaking skills. Jews did nothing wrong to anybody and everyone smart knows this.
Ignorant man 1: "You know that Jew family across the street?"
Ignorant man 2: "Yeah they seem like nice people.. But they are plotting our downfall as we speak.."
"The Jews control Hollywood!"
"The Jews caused 9/11!"
"The Jews oppress the Palestinians!"
"The Jews ran over my poodle!"
A Jew is a person who's mother is Jewish. (Some streams of Judaism argue that Jewish patrimony can be acquired through the father as well).
Jews are not a race but an eclectic mix of different races, nationalities, and cultures; they are a truly multi-cultural and multi-ethnic people. However, within this mix, there are distinct ethnic groups such as the Ashkenazic and Sephardic Jews that make up the overwhelming majority of the Jewish People.
Most American Jews are of Ashkenazic origin -- usually originating from Eastern Europe or the former Soviet Union. Therefore, American Jews could largely be classified as an ethnic group, hence the characteristic stereotypes, although there are exceptions.
A Jew is not a person who practices Judaism, although most Jews do adhere to some form of Jewish practice or cultural tradition.
A Jew is not an Israeli and an Israeli is not a Jew. An Israeli is a citizen of the state of Israel. While most Israeli's are Jewish, there are also non-Jewish citizens of Israel.
A Jew is not automatically a citizen of the state of Israel. A Jew must apply for and be granted citizenship to the state just like everyone else, although most are awarded citizenship rather easily.
Larry King is not an Israeli citizen.
2) is also a culture/ethnicity, that is to say it has a certain sense of humour, certain type of food and music etc.
3) A person who Mel Gibson talks smack about after he has had too much to drink.