Anti-Semitism In The Jewish Community

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Anti-Semitism is malicious behaviour that persecutes Jewish individuals Throughout history the Jewish community have been persecuted and tortured by other faiths for no justified reason. The first instances of Anti-semitism towards the Jews dates back to biblical times where they were captured as slaves in Egypt. Most of the time Jews were criticised for not fitting in with the rest of society, they separated themselves and refused to accept the ways of lives of non Jewish communities. The ‘Black Death’ plague in 1347, is a devastating example of Anti-Semitism. During this period of time many Jews were slaughtered, tortured and put to death because of their religious differences. Unfortunately Antisemitism still exists today and Jews still …show more content…
When they arrived many sailors where found dead or ill as they had a disease which caused severe fever, pain and awful black boils on their skin that oozed pus and blood. They were ordered to leave although unfortunately the disease had already spread resulting in more than 20 million people in Europe dying over the following five years. The heavily Christian population did not understand the cause of the disease so they initially believed it was punishment from God for allowing the Jewish people to live amongst their community. According to the Christians, the Jewish people were believed to be connected with the devil and where out to harm the Christians. They held the Jewish people responsible for the crucifixion of Jesus, and were considered outcasts as they refused to interact with the rest of society. As a result of the Christians blaming the Jews for the cause of the plague, they were going to ‘save’ the community from the plague by either converting, exiling or murdering the Jewish population. The Jewish communities were wiped out almost completely in France, Germany and England. By the 1400s not even 10 Jews remained in Frankfurt as over 19,000 were exiled. Burning them alive, stabbing and murdering any Jew in sight was all part of the torture they …show more content…
As of yet there has been no major incidences of Anti-Semitism around the world, but that is not to say that is does not exist in society. It is not common to still hear about massacres of burning Jews alive, however Anti-Semitism is targeted in forms of vandalism of synagogues, graffiti of Anti-Jew insults as well as physical and verbal abuse towards the Jewish people. For example on February 2, 2015 the town of Villa Crespo in Argentina were filled with posters reading “A good Jews is a dead Jew”. In France on March 13, 2015 a noticeably Jewish boy was physically attacked and robbed of his belongings. These incidences may be small in comparison to the massacres in the 1300s however suggest that Anti-Semitism is still around in todays society. There are still many Christians out there today who believe the Jews were responsible for the death of Jesus, as well as disliked the Jews for believing that were the superior religion. Another example of Jewish discrimination was when twenty intoxicated men and women attacked Jews in a local synagogue and shouted offensive remarks about the Jews in London on the 21st March 2015. According to dosomething.org it was recently reported that Jews made up less than 1% of the population yet experience some sort of discrimination in 85 countries. Sadly, Anti-Semitism is present in Australia today particularly being shown in younger people. In May this year

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