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Introduction Surely one of the greatest ironies of human condition is that color and culture source of our greatest pride are also traits that so often foment hatred and propel us into war There are different causes for discrimination upon different races and biological-ethnical differences In many cases the main point for the discrimination is a number of people of this kind in the society Usually majority has treated the minority The extremist treatment has deviant form One of these forms is called Anti-Semitism Everywhere except in the State of Israel Jews live as members of a minority among members of other faith groups ethnic groups and majorities of varying kinds They have suffered considerably from Anti-Semitism at various points and places culminating in the destruction of six million of Europes Jewry in Holocaust between 1939 and 1945 The word Semitic was originally applied to all descendants of Shem the eldest son of the biblical patriarch Noah and it refers to a group of peoples of southwestern Asia including both Jews and Arabs In later usage it has come to be associated specifically with Jewish people The word Anti-Semitism was coined around 1880 to denote hostility towards Jews only What is Anti-Semitism By definition Anti-Semitism political social and economic hatred agitation and activities directed against Jewish people The term is used to include speech and behavior that is derogatory to people of Jewish origin whether or not they follow the Jewish religion Judaism Many explanations of the phenomenon of Anti-Semitism have been advanced One theory widely accepted by social scientists suggests that Anti-Semitism and racism generally is nurtured in periods of social and economic instability and crisis such as those existing in Germany in the 1880s and in the era preceding World War II Anti-Jewish agitation has existed for several thousand years In the ancient Roman Empire for example the devotion of Jews to their religion and
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