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WHY THE JEWS?
According to Historians and Sociologists there are 6 major theories why there is recurrent pattern of antipathy towards the Jews.


ECONOMIC THEORY


One theory why the Jews are victimised is because they possess too much wealth and power.

We call this the Economic Theory of Anti-Semitism. It postulates that Jewish wealth and power arouses the envy of other groups, and this in turn leads to anti-Semitism.




CHOSEN PEOPLE THEORY

Another theory is that people get jealous because they feel the Jews arrogantly claim they are the chosen people.
Knowledge of Jewish "choseness" is undeniably widespread.

Example:


Several years ago, the University of California conducted a study of anti-Semitism. Non-Jewish Americans were presented with eighteen unfavorable statements about Jews, and asked whether they believed any of them. Fifty-nine per cent responded that they believed the Jews consider themselves to be G-d’s chosen people. This was by far the most widely-held belief among those surveyed.



THE SCAPEGOAT THEORY

Jews are a convenient group to single out and blame for our troubles. The Scapegoat Theory is cited frequently as a cause of anti-Semitism. Some historians use it to account for the emergence of German anti-Semitism in the late 1930’s.



Their reasoning is as follows:

Hitler, like many totalitarian dictators before him, needed to divert blame for his nation’s problems by ascribing them to an innocent victim. He randomly selected the Jews as his scapegoat and launched a massive defamatory campaign against them to alienate them from mainstream German society. He succeeded in his efforts, and as a result, the overwhelming majority of Germans came to hate Jews.

The Scapegoat Theory gives rise to a time-worn question: Which came first? The chicken, or the egg?

Does a group become hated as a consequence of being singled out as a scapegoat, or is it selected as a scapegoat because it is hated?




THE KILLERS-OF-JESUS THEORY

Christians have long claimed that the Jews killed Jesus, and that is why they hate Jews.

Is this claim the real cause for their hatred? If it is, why were Christians not angry at Jews 2,000 years ago, at the time the Jews supposedly killed Jesus?

The main points to explore this claim are:

Jesus said: "Forgive them..."



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