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Thursday 19 July 2018



The term “antisemitism” was first coined in the late 1870s. Subsequently, it is used with reference to all types of Jew-hatred both historical and contemporary. The word itself was derived  from the idea that Hebrew belongs to the Semitic language family, and thus Jews must be "Semites." Many other languages also belong to the Semitic language family, such as Arabic and Amharic, and therefore other cultures could also be called "Semites."

 Jew-hatred is not a modern observable fact it may be traced back to ancient times. Traditional antisemitism is based on religious discrimination against the Jews by some Christians. Some Christian doctrines were ingrained with the idea that Jews were responsible for the death of Jesus, and thus deserved to be punished (this is known as the Deicide, or Killing of God, Myth). Another concept that provoked hatred for the Jews amongst Christians was the Supercession Myth, claiming that Christianity had replaced Judaism, due to the Jewish People’s failure in their role as the “Chosen People of God” and thus deserve punishment, specifically by the Christian world.

According to Rabbi Kalman Packouz, “Between 250 CE and 1948, the Jews were annihilated, hunted and expelled from Europe over 80 times. That is, in 1,700 years, people in Europe expelled, killed and exterminated the Jews at the average rate of once every 21 years” just as Biafrans are hunted, killed, expelled, annihilated today in Nigeria.

“Jews were expelled from England, France, Austria, Germany, Lithuania, Spain, Portugal, Bohemia, Moravia and seventy-one other countries. These countries on their own rose up one day to affirm that they were weary of hosting Jews,  tolerating their behaviours and accepting their attitude with the Jews claiming that whatever land they lived in was no man’s land just  as it is today in Nigeria. These Europeans claimed they were more superior, hard-working, tolerant, charitable, hospitable, accommodating and generous to the Jews than any other nationality, but the Jews battered it. They demanded that all Jews should  leave or be vanquished and no amount of plea could change that decision.

Over the centuries various stereotypes about Jews developed. Individual Jews were not judged based on their personal achievements or merits, but rather were seen on the whole as greedy, devilish, standoffish, lazy, money-grubbing, and over-sexed. At some points, Jews were even falsely accused of using the blood of Christian children as part of the Passover holiday ritual (known as the Blood Libel).  Historians who have studied the observable fact came up with the accustomed explanations given as the reason why Jews were expelled. The most common reason as expressed in popular quotes used during each eviction, massacre and persecution are:

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."
Deicide -- "We hate Jews because they killed Jesus."
Outsiders, -- "We hate Jews because they are different than us." (The dislike of the unlike.)
Racial Theory -- "We hate Jews because they are an inferior race."
Historians have examined these reasons in order to see if they were the causes of the hatred or the excuses for the hatred. Historians propounded that if there were curses, once the curse is taken away, the hatred will vanish. But if the curse is taken away and the hatred remains, then, it is mere excuse.
On the economic reason which revealed  that the Jews possess too much wealth that causes envy and resentment, historians found out that the Polish and Russian Jews of the 17th -20th century were “dirty poor” yet, they were hated. When the Jews perform excellently well, the myth that they have a plan to rule the world by controlling governments and financial establishments took shape in the fictional work called, The Protocols of the Elders of Zion. Though it has been debunked as fiction, it remains a bestselling book in the world.

On the idea that the Jews were claiming to be the chosen ones, historians noted that the Jews of Germany in the 19th century denied the concept of being the chosen ones. Many of them assimilated with mainstream Germans, abandoning their language and culture and ways of life. Yet, when the holocaust started, it did not save them. And the Larry Kings of America, who changed their names to hide their identities and those who are not practicing Jews like Madam Albright, have not been spared as objects of hate. Surprisingly, in today’s world, it is the Christians and the Muslims who openly claim that they are the ones chosen by God and nobody can get to God except through their intermediaries- Jesus and Muhammad. But they do not attract the kind of hatred that the Jews had.
The hatred meted on the Jews, especially in difficult economic and political times, was not a curse but rather an excuse. To be a  scapegoat, you must first of all hate. Hitler conveniently used Jews as scapegoats because the hatred was already there. It made it easy for Germans to believe that Jews were the reason they lost World War I and why the German economy was fluttering.

The fifth reason, that the Jews killed Jesus, falls flat when the Christian Bible says that the Romans killed Jesus with the help of the Jews but the hatred was reserved for the Jews alone. The Roman Catholic Church, in its Second Vatican Council in 1963, had to officially exonerate the Jews, but the hatred continued. (Pope John Paul II termed antisemitism a sin).
The idea that the Jews were outsiders should have waned with the increase in Jewish assimilation over the years. But it did not, instead, the complaint changed. In Germany, it turned into: "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."
 The final reason is that “we hate the Jews because they are an inferior race.” The Jews are not a race, to begin with.

Obulose Chidiebere N
Family Writer Press

1 comment

  1. Our director #Nnamdi_kanu said
    Tobe A Man:- is that one who
    bear's pains of himself and
    other's. Also not by a day


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