Jewish Discrimination Essay
The Jewish “race” has been in existence since 1300 B.C. Jews are not even a race, but more of a religious group. They are united under the religion of Judaism. The Jewish identity is a blend of ethnic, national, and religious concepts. The term “Jew” has often been used in a derogatory manner. Many people think that Jews are a dirty, filthy, cheap, miserly race of people. This is completely absurd, because they practice a different type of religion and they have the right to do so.
Jews have often been referred to as “Kikes” which is a disgraceful term for a Jew to be called. Some other terms and phrases that discriminate against the Jewish people are “Jew baby” and “That’s Jewish”, implying Jews are cheap and worthless. About fifty percent of Israeli Jews are not white Europeans, but Oriental Jews. There is often confusion due to the fact that some share the same physical characteristics as their Arab neighbors. They fled the Arab nations to live alongside their European Jewish brethren because they suffered from discrimination and national oppression.
The largest and most horrific form of discrimination
happened during the Holocaust. Adolf Hitler set up concentration camps in 1933 for all Jews, homosexuals, Communists, Gypsies, and others that he did not like. He tortured them and starved them simply because they did not fit the Aryan race, which was his version of the superior race. Hitler’s attempt to eliminate the entire Jewish “race”, also known as genocide, but he failed. He killed millions of innocent people, just because he simply did not like them.
“A common error and persistent modern myth is the designation of the Jews as a ‘race'” (Roth, C., Oxford University Reader in Jewish Studies, 1939- 1964, in: “Jews”, “Collier’s Encyclopedia”, 13: 574, 1991). This statement further explains the definition of “race”.Jews should not be considered a “race”. They have their own set of beliefs that may be different