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Anti-Semitism is a form of racial prejudice which relates to any political social and economic discrimination directed against Jews Anti Semitic attitudes consider all people of Jewish heritage despite their individual religious practices Anti Semitic attitudes and practices have evolved over time and are spread throughout the world The twentieth century has seen several episodes of anti Semitism the most well known of these being the Holocaust of World War Two Throughout this century society has been shaped by events such as wars which have changed the roles and values held by almost every imaginable social group in society As a direct result of this and several other factors attitudes towards discrimination of any kind have evolved to a point where prejudice if it has not diminished is far more hidden as the century draws to a close This is true of any group which traditionally faced oppression such as women people of African or indigenous descent and Jews Anti Semitic values are thought to have developed in Germany in the middle of the 19th century Jews were considered to be inferior to peoples Aryan descent This theory gained worldwide support and only little objection from ethnologists of the time Some of the earliest roots for this anti Semitism are considered to be in the Roman Empire where Jewish religious practices were reasons for discrimination by the Roman society The Bible states that Jesus Christ was a Jew however his life led to the development of the Christian Church Throughout time Christians then considered the Jews as the killers of Christ As the Christian faith is far more widespread than Judaism persecution of the Jews for this anti Semitic attitude at its base level evolved the world over Anti-Semitism Microsoft Encarta 1994 At the beginning of the twentieth century Anti-Semitism was a very strong and widespread practice In Russia the beginning of the century saw several massacres of Jewish communities
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