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Antisemitism (also spelled anti-Semitism or anti-semitism) is hostility to, prejudice, or discrimination against Jews.  A person who holds such positions is called an antisemite. Antisemitism is generally considered to be a form of racism.  It has been/is used as a political ideology opposed to liberalism.

The German Wilhelm Marr coined the German word Antisemitismus in 1879 to give a scientific aura to his ideology of hatred of Jews. Since the term only to Jews it does not refer to all "Semites" and there is no Semitic "race," the term "antisemitism" was suggested by Yehuda Bauer instead. The term Judeophobia, coined originally by Leon Pinsker, is also used to describe hatred of Jews. Arab Jew haters have tried to claim that they are not "anti-Semites" since they themselves are Semites, and some Arabs use the term in that way.

There has been/is a lot of argument as to what the term means.  In 2005, the EU Monitoring Centre on Racism and Xenophobia (EUMC), now the EU Agency for Fundamental Rights (FRA), adopted a “working definition on antisemitism”.  This is now in use worldwide (see What is antisemitism)


The Jews have been/are a minority who have been/are blamed by the majority for any of the following reasons


Economic -- "We hate Jews because they possess too much wealth and power."

Chosen People -- "We hate Jews because they arrogantly claim that they are the chosen people."

Scapegoat -- "Jews are a convenient group to single out and blame for our troubles."
(In "We Remember: A Reflection on the Shoah” an important part of Church preparations for the upcoming millenial celebrations it was admitted that the Jews had for centuries been discriminated against and used as scapegoats, and .... misguided interpretations of Christian teachings had on occasion nurtured such behavior - See Part 8 ‘The Pope and the Holocaust’)

Deicide -- "We hate Jews because they killed Jesus."

Outsiders, -- "We hate Jews because they are different to us." (The dislike of the unlike.)

Racial Theory -- "We hate Jews because they are an inferior race."

CONTRADICTIONS IN REASON

Economic -- The Jews of 17th - 20th century Poland and Russia were dirt poor, had no influence and yet they were hated.

Chosen People -- a) In the late 19th century, the Jews of Germany denied "Choseness." And then they worked on assimilation. Yet, the holocaust started there. b) Christians and Moslems profess to being the "Chosen people" yet, the world and the antisemites tolerate them.

Scapegoat -- Any group must already be hated to be an effective scapegoat. The Scapegoat Theory does not then cause antisemitism. Rather, antisemitism is what makes the Jews a convenient scapegoat target. Hitler's ranting and ravings would not be taken seriously if he had said, "It's the bicycle riders and the midgets who are destroying our society."

Deicide -- a) the Christian Bible says the Romans killed Jesus, though Jews are mentioned as accomplices (claims that Jews killed Jesus came several hundred years later). Why then have the (claimed) accomplices been persecuted while there has never been an anti-Roman movement?
b) Jesus himself said, "Forgive them (i.e. the Jews), for they know not what they do." The Second Vatican Council in 1963 officially exonerated the Jews as the killers of Jesus.
Neither statement of Christian belief reduced antisemitism.

Outsiders -- With the Enlightenment in the late 18th century, many Jews rushed to assimilate and antisemitism should have stopped. Instead, for example, with the Nazis came the cry, in essence: "We hate you, not because you're different, but because you're trying to become like us! We cannot allow you to infect the Aryan race with your inferior genes."

Racial Theory -- The problem with this theory is that it is self-contradictory: Jews are not a race. Anyone can become a Jew - and members of every race, creed and color in the world have become Jews at one time or another.  

This blame has been/is seen in the following ways

Expulsion * Forced Conversion * Burning Alive * Forced to Wear Badges

Forced Conversion * Holocaust * Pogrom * Book Confiscation * Ghettos

Book Burning * Jews Enslaved * Stake Burnings * Extra Tax

Property Confiscation and Destruction * Judaism Outlawed * Mob Attacks * Torture Synagogue Burning * Land Confiscation * Mass Arrests * Boycotts

        

Today, daily consequences are discrimination, the major expense of sophisticated security systems, airport queues, guarding against planes being hijacked or blown up in mid flight, on a bus or tube and someone going into a civilian area and blowing up those around them.  

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