Why are the Israelite Jews hated in the last 2,000 years?
Rooted in envy, prejudice, and racism, hatred for God’s chosen people continues. The Jewish Israelites have been looted and massacred through the centuries. Instead of blaming their tormentors, they looked out for each other and on God’s promise to return them to their land. Today, they occupy a small portion of ancient Israel, yet they are still hated for their mere presence.
Four stages of antisemitism:
1. Romans annihilate Jews in 70 A.D.
In 70 A.D., the pagan Romans destroyed the ancient Jewish State known as the Siege of Jerusalem. Approximately one million Jews were killed. Some survivors were sold into slavery, and a small remnant remained in Jerusalem. The rest relocated and prospered in Europe.
In 590 A.D., the Roman Catholic Empire officially began and, in effect, superseded Judaism. However, the Jews’ refusal to accept Jesus as the Messiah was seen as a threat to the Roman rulers and Christianity. Hence, anti-Jew sentiment began to brew. [ADL]
1 Million Jews were murdered in 70 A.D.
2. Jewish hatred in the middle ages
A new pattern of institutionalized discrimination began in Europe during the middle ages. Jews were envied but were also ill-reputed for how they did business. They were snooty not necessarily because they were prideful but because they lived exclusively. After all, they were “God’s chosen people.” Envy, prejudice, and racism were apparent factors for their antipathy.
Black Death: The Jewish Massacre in the middle ages
The pivotal hatred for the Jews was during the Black Death. An estimated 25 million people were killed, but Jews were somewhat immune from contracting the Marburg virus (an ebola-like virus). Consequently, they were accused of poisoning the water wells to infect their non-Jewish neighbors.
Jews were the ideal suspects
Desperate, non-Jewish people, such as Christians, blamed witches and the Jews for causing death. The brewing hatred exploded into a series of massacres in Toulon, Erfurt, Basel, Aragon, Frankfurt, and Main. They have nearly obliterated them in Europe.
Religious rituals prevent lethal exposure to viruses
Jews isolated themselves (ghettos). Judaism places great importance on toilet habits, as demonstrated in the Torah and later Talmudic literature. Rituals such as washing their hands three times a day (Netilat Yadayim) prevented viruses from spreading within their community.
The Jews didn’t eat pork or crustaceans. They fasted regularly and deeply regarded spiritual and physical purity. In short, hygiene and diet became their immune defense.
3. Nazi antisemitism
The compound word ‘antisemitism’ (Judenhass) means ‘Jew-hatred.’ It was first used (in print) in Germany in 1879. Europe underwent a rapid economic change, and the emancipation of the Jews allowed them to prosper.
Jews started to get rich. They owned lands and entered the civil service. They did so well that Jews began displacing non-Jews in professions—traditionally reserved for Christians. In short, envy was widespread envy because Jews did so well. [USHMM]
From 1939 to May 1945, the Nazis murdered six million Jews in World War 2. Adolf Hitler blamed the Bolsheviks, socialists, and Jews (social democrats) for Germany’s loss in WWI. With growing hatred, Hitler pushed for “ethnic cleansing,” the Final Solution that led to the genocide.
Towards the late 19th century, Jews excelled in banking and finance. They were also into trade, advanced medicine, law, art, literature, and films. Still, antisemitism was persistent.
6 Million Jews were murdered in WW2.
4. Antisemitism today
In 1948, modern Israel settled in a small portion of Palestine. In the ancient world, Palestine was part of the region known as Canaan, where the Kingdoms of a united Israel (Ancient Israel and Judah) were located. Many Ottomans and Arabs who lived in Palestine during this period referred to the area as Southern Syria, not Palestine. [Jewish Library]
The term `Palestine’ was originally designated where the Philistines occupied a tiny part. Philistines and Palestinians are two different groups of people. [Times of Israel]
Today, Jews are seen as “land grabbers.” The war victories that allowed them to reclaim adjacent lands were considered Israeli aggression. Far-left politicians disregard the Hebrew Bible as a historical document and discount archeological evidence for Israel’s rights.
The word “antisemitic” surfaced in Germany in 1879 instead of saying Judenhass or “Jew-hatred.”