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Anti-semitism and Sartre In Sartres Anti-Semite and Jew he makes reference to the notion that anti-Semitism arises not against individual Jews but against the idea of the Jew That is to say that the Jew is recognized only as a member of a group associated with fear and disgust not as an individual capable of being anything but the stereotype of the Jew I agree with Sartres theory as I have seen first hand the disgust associated with being Jewish The Jew is judged not by his action or words but simply by the fact that he is a Jew and the preconceived idea of what this means As discussed in class Jews have been used as scapegoats throughout history They have been blamed for countless economical and social problems simply because of the predisposition towards anti-Semitism that most have To understand this predisposition is easy It has come from years of unwillingness to assimilate by the Jews Because of this unwillingness the Jews have come to be recognized as different and therefore bad because as discussed in class most identify easiest with what is different with the automatic assumption that it is bad I think another reason for this assumption is the fact that it is easier to judge people than to understand them as we can clearly see gentiles have done continuously throughout history to the Jews Consequently throughout history the anti-Semite has come to adopt an idea of the Jew of his nature and of his role in society As Sartre explains the Jew whom the anti-Semite wishes to lay hands upon is not a schematic being defined solely by his function as under administrative law or by status or acts as under the Code He is a Jew the son of a Jew recognizable by his physique by the colour of his hair by his clothing perhaps and so they say by his character To the anti-Semite
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