of all, do you think anti-Semitism is not alive and
growing rapidly, particularly in America?
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You probably have heard the
word "anti-Semitism," but how much do you really
know about this ugly phenomenon? Did you know, for
example, that historically anti-Semitism has appeared
variously in the garb of theological, socio-economic, and
even racial hatred? Here’s a brief survey of the
dominant forms of anti-Semitism throughout history.
A hatred of Jews as
"Christ-killers" or "infidels." The
totally mistaken belief that the Jews were responsible for
the death of Jesus—a belief based largely on the account
of Jesus’ death which appears in the Gospel of John—is
one of the oldest forms of anti-Semitism, dating back 1500
years to the formation of the Holy Roman Empire and
enduring well into this century. This form of
anti-Semitism has been the cause of countless pogroms
—organized massacres of Jews, often on Easter (when
the Gospel of John is traditionally read). Jews have also
been persecuted for their refusal to believe in Jesus as
the Messiah. During the Spanish Inquisition, Jews were
burned alive for their refusal to embrace Christianity.
Hatred of Jews based on their occupations, wealth, or political activities. Stereotypes such as Shakespeare’s "Shylock" or of the Jewish banker (which the Nazis used extensively) have long been used to stir up popular hatred of Jews. The contradictory stereotypes of Jews as rich capitalists who control the government and as Communists or union organizers who are opposed to it, have both been used to whip up anti-Semitic passions. One of the most insidious and enduring manifestations of this form of Jew-hatred is the "Protocols of the Elders of Zion"—a document produced by the Russian Czarist police in 1905 alleging an "international Jewish/Zionist conspiracy"—which was used to whip up popular hatred against the large Jewish community in Russia, with disastrous results. In the U.S. , the "Protocols" have been distributed by groups as diverse as the Ku Klux Klan, the Ford Motor Company, and the Nation of Islam.
The belief that
Jews constitute a separate and inferior race provided the
ideological foundation for the German National Socialist
(Nazi) Party’s genocide of the Jews during World War II.
The Nazis also considered Blacks and "Gypsies"
to be inferior races. In fact, Jews come from many racial
backgrounds including Semites (of Middle Eastern origin),
Caucasian, Asian, and African-American.
and other symbols of hatred
Originally a Hindu symbol, the swastika was
adopted by the German National Socialist (Nazi) Party as
their emblem. It has since come to symbolize the profound
anti-Semitism which found expression in the Nazis’
"Final Solution"—their nearly-successful
attempt to annihilate all the Jews of Europe.
used hate graphics and racist acronyms of
hate based organizations:
When a speaker such as Minister Louis Farakkhan
singles out Jews for their role in the slave trade—which
pales beside the vastly more important role of Dutch,
British, French and even African slave traders—such
singular and targeted criticism, or "scape-goating,"
has the effect, and no doubt also the intent, of stirring
up animosity toward Jews. Therefore it’s not surprising
that the Nation of Islam is one of the few organizations
(other than the Ku Klux Klan or neo-Nazi groups) which
continues to distribute the virulently anti-Semitic Protocols
of the Elders of Zion (a 1905 forgery by the Russian
Czarist police, purporting to prove the existence of an
"international Jewish conspiracy").
Criticizing Israel (and only Israel)
The singular criticism of Israel for its government’s policies constitutes a form of anti-Semitism which is difficult to comprehend and even more difficult to respond to. Israel ’s military occupation of the West Bank and Gaza , and the countless deaths on both sides, are serious issues requiring critical discussion. But often a double standard is applied, which focuses on Israel while ignoring, for example, the Serbian genocide of Bosnian Muslims in the early 1990’s, or the genocidal violence in Rwanda (where more than half a million Tutsis were murdered in 1994 followed by the forced exile of nearly two million Hutus). This double standard has been prevalent in the "Developing Nations" and "Multicultural Affairs" pages of the Collegian—where, until this semester, massive attacks on Israel and Zionism had appeared with numbing regularity (sometimes weekly). Over the same period, articles addressing the tragic events then taking place in Bosnia and Rwanda were conspicuously absent.
better understand the cause of such obvious and
shameful bias against the Jews and Israel please see
our article: Spiritual
Root of Hatred Toward Jews