Antisemitism Then and Now

The word “Antisemitism” became a catch phrase in 1879 by the German journalist Wilhelm Marr. Hostility towards the Jewish people can be seen throughout history dating back to the times of the Greeks and Romans. It is believed that the basic tenants of the Jewish faith, monotheism, refusal to intermarry, a Sabbath observance, the practice of circumcision and the haughtiness attributed to there being the “chosen people“. They have been accused persecuting the Christians and the death of Christ. Perhaps there darkest moment in history, and the major cause of most the hatred directed towards them. Through the years the Jewish population in general has been industrious and with much hard work many have become quite affluent. Because of good business practices, even in times of poor economic health they have managed to keep their wealth. In times of economic depression the “Have Nots” have always resented the “Haves“. The Jewish people are usually the Haves. So they usually bear the brunt of all this resentment. Prior to the advent of Nazism and the rise of power of Hitler, the Jewish populations were able to maintain there life styles. They were disliked in general as a people, but they were tolerated. Their property and wealth remained relatively intact. Hitler changed all that, he confiscated all there property, shipped them to labor camps and eventually tried to exterminate the whole race. After the war ended they were given a small stretch of land in the middle east. Prior to 1948 they did not have there on country. They have lived predominately in communities throughout Europe and North American. However, we did not do them any favors by giving them this land. If we tried we probably could not have found a worse place to place the Country of Israel. They now live in some of the most hotly contested land in the world. Three of the major religions of the world can place the origins of there religion there. And to top it off the Muslim people in general despise the Jewish people. Many Muslim people were forced to leave there land so that the Jews displaced during WWII could move there. They have as a result of this hatred been involved in several military engagements. If not for the military support provided by there only ally the United States, they would have most likely been wiped off the face of the earth.

Throughout History the life of the Jewish people has been difficult at best, now unfortunately there “lot in life” has gotten worse. Antisemitism has started to raise its ugly head in the USA, along with a whole slew of other racial issues. The Antifa, BLM (Black Lives Matter) and ADL (Anti-Defamation League) movements have been gaining power in the last several years. Many of the recent riots have targeted Jews. Many of these riots have been called by black leaders like Al Sharpton. They have been fueled by religion, politics, economics and with it have come politicization, polarization, frustration, anger and hate. I our country is going to survive, racism and the practice of religious intolerance has to finally be to rest. We need to unite as a country and work towards a common goal.

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