Anti-Semitism Essay

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Anti-Semitism has existed from Biblical times to the present-it began due to the theological difference but in the last several hundred years anti-Semitism has been largely due to the factors of economic power, Jew inferiority, Jewish insularity, and Jewish customs. The Jews have gone through tremendous obstacles to become the community it is today. These obstacle include being used as scapegoats, their distinction in religion, and success in financial studies.

The Jewish community has been known to be very successful in the business department, therefore, discriminating them from the general body of people. In the medieval period there were legal restrictions imposed on occupations and professions of Jews. Jews ,for a long period of time, were restricted to working with money as a banker for an occupation and nothing else. Because of all the Jews being force fed to work as bankers, the experience and skill for that occupation had begun to increase, making it obvious that the Jews generally would be better at business. Stereotypes like these, have motivated economic behavior and governmental action targeting Jews. The idea that the Jewish population had a higher percentage of successful business associates compared to any other group of people caused the Anti-Defamation League to conduct a poll in Europe in 2007. They were asking respondents if they agreed with the statement that “Jews have too much power in international financial market.” Fifty one percent of Europeans who answered this question, agreeing with this stereotype. For a majority of Europeans who took this survey to agree with this stereotype, shows that there are still major amounts of Anti-Semitism in the world today.

Jews, throughout history have been thought of as inferrer to other religions and the general body of people. this inferiority has led to restrictions, deaths, and foul treatment directed towards this group of people. Here are two examples of Jewish inferiority throughout history. Germany was going through the Great Depression, but most Jews were doing better financially and so
Adolf Hitler brainwashed the depressed Germans that it was the Jews fault that they were suffering, when the truth was that it was actually because of World War I. In a period of 1,700 years, the Jews have experienced more than eighty expulsions from various countries in Europe, such as England, France, Austria, Germany, Spain, Portugal, and various other countries. The only explanations of this inferiority is of Economics, Scapegoats, and History. The Jews have constantly been chastised because they have been extremely successful in the business department, because of that success they have also been used as scapegoats for world problems. There is also religious…