What are the roots of antisemitism?

Michael DeMartino, Graphic Designer

  1. Society tends to be Christian based.

    Regardless as to how you try and rationalize the issue, Christianity has been a huge excuse for fucking over the Jews throughout history. The Christian Bible effectively puts the full blame of Christ’s death on the Jewish people. You also have the reality that Christianity never managed to convince the vast majority of the Jewish people that their religion was correct and that Christ was the Mashiach (Messiah). This bred resentment as the very existence of the Jewish people delegitimizes the Christian faith. If Christ was legit, why wouldn’t the people who made it their mission to wait for the Mashiach accept Christ? So for a very long time in Jewish history, Christianity would target the Jews for being Jewish.

    One of the most famous examples of the Catholic Church organizing against the Jewish people was with the passage of the Alhambra Decree. This effectively This effectively forced all of the Jews living within Spain and the Spanish territories to leave.

  2. The same thing occurred during the Protestant Reformation with their founder, Martin Luther, writing a book which he titled…On The Jews and Their Lies.

    In the treatise, he argues that Jewish synagogues and be set on fire, their prayer books destroyed, rabbis forbidden to preach, homes burned, and property and money confiscated. They should be shown no mercy or kindness, afforded no legal protection, and these “poisonous envenomed worms” should be drafted into forced labor or expelled for all time.He also seems to advocate their murder, writing “[W]e are at fault in not slaying them”.

    2. The nature of the Jewish faith tends to create a question of “loyalty”

    Judaism teaches that the Jews as a whole are “The Nation/House of Israel” and we repeat this multiple times during religious practice and throughout our lives. Because the Jews always referred to themselves as a “nation” and because we existed in countries during various political revolutions (France, Russia, Germany, etc.) there has always been a question about whether we could be trusted as equal citizens.

    This situation came to a head with the creation of the modern State of Israel. Suddenly, the Jews had a country for themselves and now there was a question regarding whether a Jew could actually be trustworthy to support their country over Israel. This topic comes up a lot in the media today.

    Brazil Scribe Slammed for Questioning Jewish Loyalty in Diplomatic Row

    The Iran deal and unfair accusations of dual loyalty

    Almost half of Britons hold antisemitic view, poll suggests (1 in 5 believed their loyalty to Israel made British Jews less loyal to the UK )

    3. Some Jews being successful and the publication of antisemitic writings helped fuel this paranoia about Jews attempting to rule the world.

  3. During the early 1900s, there was a book published which was titled The Protocols of the Elders of Zion
  4. The book was a fabricated text which claimed to have uncovered a Jewish conspiracy. They created this imaginary group of Jewish overlords known as “The Elders of Zion” and then claimed that this group was conspiring among the most powerful leaders of politics and industry to help stage a takeover of the world.

    This is actually the source material behind all modern beliefs about Jews having a hand in world events. It’s an antisemitic conspiracy theory which has been thoroughly debunked by scholars and historians.

    I could literally sit here for the next four hours and just touch upon various ideas and beliefs which tie into the overall concept of antisemitism. The above tend to be the main ones.

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