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ROOTS OF ANTI-SEMITISM Discrimination and prejudice have been in our world for as long as humans have themselves Discrimination has caused problems in societies all throughout history But despite all of the terrible things that have happened because of prejudice and discrimination it continues to live on in our world today Anti-Semitism prejudice against Jews is a form of discrimination that has caused perhaps the most problems throughout history Many people describe anti-Semitism as more than simply prejudice or discrimination against Jews It is often the result of hatred and despise of the Jews resulting in persecution and destruction Anti-Semitism can often occur because a religious group is trying to make itself look better Anti-JudaismAnti-Semitism Jealousy and envy are also major causes of anti-Semitism A study on anti-Semitism found that people who are anti-Semitic are likely to also have negative feelings about African-Americans Immigrants gays and lesbians illegal aliens and women JCRC - Anti-Semitism As have all prejudices anti-Semitism has been around a long time It has been around since the time of Christ One of the first events that gave rise to anti-Semitism was the Crucifixion of Jesus Christ Mrs Hahns Notes Jews were considered the murderers of Christ Because of this hatred towards Jews Jerusalem was destroyed killing over 1 million Jews who resided there A Calendar of Jewish Persecution Jews were also persecuted extensively throughout the Roman Empire In 135 AD Roman Emperor Hadrian declared Jerusalem a pagan city He forbade Jews to practice circumcision the reading of the Law eating of unleavened bread at Passover or any Jewish festival In 315 Constantine the Great established Christianity as the official religion throughout the Roman Empire He also created many anti-Jewish laws Later between 379 and 395 Theodosius the Great made even more anti-Jewish laws such as prohibiting them from serving in office He also permitted the destruction of their synagogues if it served some religious purpose A Calendar of Jewish Persecution The
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