Further to this discussion:
Larry writes and I wholeheartedly agree: "Jesus was Jewish. It's high time we stopped acting like Jewish responsibility for the death of Jesus (if, indeed, there was any such responsibility) is a matter of something inflicted on Jesus by an outside agency."
Of course, we should see Rome as an outside agency. If we want to get literal: Rome killed Jesus.
But what if we want to get theological? I wonder what the heuristic value might be of this statement:
Jesus was the person most responsible for his death.
This would not let Rome off the hook in anyway. I am not suggesting that any action warrants a death penalty. But, according to my Gospels, Jesus saw the writing on the wall. Jesus walked right into the storm. Jesus prayfully accepted the necessity of his death in the garden. Indeed, theologically speaking, the God of Israel moves around political tyrants like pawns on a chessboard.
So both literally and theologically, assigning "the Jews" blame misses the mark.