posted on Dec, 3 2012 @ 07:52 PM
This thread is really started as an educational piece for myself. Growing up in the 1980's I remember the strife between Israel and the PLO. What I
remember the most is probably all the bombings and violence. Being a child I really didn't understand all the reasons for the violence. Now, as an
adult I realize just how complicated the issues are. I still struggle to understand all the dynamics between Israel, Palestine, Gaza, the West Bank,
etc. In reflection of all the issues I began to consider the amount of anti-semitism. Again, I don't understand the entire issue. You hear a lot of
words like Zionism
, which doesn't mean a whole lot to a ten year old boy growing up in Upstate New York. With America's wars in Iraq and
Afghanistan, it seemed the focus of the violence shifted elsewhere. Now it seems, the PLO is back in the news.
In addition to not completely understanding the religious, ethnic, and cultural components of the struggles in the Middle East, the issue of
anti-semitism arises. The 1947 United Nations partition of Palestine can be directly attributed feelings of anti-semitism, however, less obvious to
me, is the reasons for early causes of anti-semitism. Well I stumbled upon an interesting article regarding anti-semitism and its causes, titled
Why do people hate the jews?
Why has anti-Semitism been so pervasive in so many countries, in so many time periods and for so many reasons? (One begins to wonder. Perhaps
there is something wrong with the Jews and Judaism? After all, there is an old Yiddish saying -- "If one person calls you a donkey, ignore him; if
two people call you a donkey, buy a saddle.")
Between the years 250 CE and 1948 CE - a period of 1,700 years - Jews have experienced more than eighty expulsions from various countries in
Europe - an average of nearly one expulsion every twenty-one years. Jews were expelled from England, France, Austria, Germany, Lithuania, Spain,
Portugal, Bohemia, Moravia and seventy-one other countries.
Historians have classified six explanations as to why people hate the Jews:
(explanations provided on the website)
While the article isn't exactly mind-blowing or particularly intellectual, it is presented from a historical Israeli perspective. It concludes with
Every other hated group is hated for a relatively defined reason. We Jews, however, are hated in paradoxes: Jews are hated for being a lazy
and inferior race - but also for dominating the economy and taking over the world. We are hated for stubbornly maintaining our separateness - and,
when we do assimilate - for posing a threat to racial purity through intermarriages. We are seen as pacifists and as warmongers; as capitalist
exploiters and as revolutionary communists; possessed of a Chosen-People mentality, as well as of an inferiority complex. It seems that we just can't
Why do people hate the Jews?
Now we know what are NOT the reasons for anti-Semitism.
I also found a website that outlines the U.N. partition of 1947, which includes maps and statistics. In addition to the numbers, it also provides
details before and after the '47 partition.
History of Israel