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ANTISEMITISM OVERVIEW



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” which has become the standard definition now used around the world.

Antisemitism is a certain perception of Jews, which may be expressed as hatred toward Jews. Rhetorical and physical manifestations of antisemitism are directed toward Jewish or non-Jewish individuals and/or their property, toward Jewish community institutions and religious facilities.

In addition, such manifestations could also target the state of Israel, conceived as a Jewish collectivity. Antisemitism frequently charges Jews with conspiring to harm humanity, and it is often used to blame Jews for “why things go wrong.” It is expressed in speech, writing, visual forms and action, and employs sinister stereotypes and negative character traits.

Contemporary examples of antisemitism in public life, the media, schools, the workplace, and in the religious sphere could, taking into account the overall context, include, but are not limited to:

Examples of the ways in which antisemitism manifests itself with regard to the State of Israel taking into account the overall context could include:

However, criticism of Israel similar to that levelled against any other country cannot be regarded as antisemitic.

The term antisemitic (or anti-Semitic) was created in 1879  by the German agitator Wilhelm Marr to refer to the then Central European anti-Jewish campaigns. He used it as
a euphemism for the German Judenhass, or "Jew-hate’.  Today the term ‘
anti-Judaizing’ is sometimes used.


PERSECUTION HAS TAKEN THE FOLLOWING FORMS

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


WHY DID THIS HAPPEN

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.


        

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.  

ZIONISM

The movement was created in reaction to the antisemitism at the end of the 19th century for the re-establishment, development and protection of a Jewish nation.  This is now Israel.

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Click here for the NY Times review of
‘The Popes Against the Jews’ by David Kertzer,  2001

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