IntroductionJews have been subjected to clear incidents of persecution throughout history,from the times of the Pharaohs of Egypt to the Nazi of Germany. But before we gothrough their history of persecution lets first delve into the origin of their nation andtheir cult.The name Israel derives from the name given to Prophet Jacob (Genesis 32:28).His 12 sons were set the seeds of different tribes that later developed into theJewish nation. As for the name Jew, it‟s a derivative of Yehuda (Judah) one of the12 sons of Jacob (Reuben, Shimon, Levi, Juda, Dan, Naphtali, Gad, Asher,Yisachar, Zebulun, Joseph, Binjamin)(Exodus 1:1).So, the names Israel, Israeli or Jewish refer to people of the same origin,themselves descendant of the Semite race from which Muslims originated.After 40 years of their bewilderment in the Sinai desert, Moses led the Children ofIsrael to the Land of Canaan, that is cited in The Bible as the land promised by
Introduction (continued- 1)When the punishment or sentence was lifted, the Jews were permitted into Palestinewith the leadership of Joshua. The Jews maintained presence in the land previouslyknown as Canaan, for the past 3,300 years, and the rule of Israelites there starts withthe conquests of Joshua (ca. 1250 BCE).“A line of stewards, or chiefs, known as „‟judges” succeeded Joshua and were laterthemseles followed by a succession of kings. The first three kings were Talit, Dawud,and Sulaiman, many the be blessed. The kingdom was later divided into two parts, Israeland Judea, due to civil war and a succession crisis. In the sixth century B.C. theBabylnians invaded the land and exiled the Jews to Babylon. The rightous King, Cyrusthe Great (Dhul Quarnain?) eventually allowed them to return. But in 70 A.D. an invadingRoman army expelled the Jews again, as punishment for their submitting to Rome.“ (Howto Tell Others about Islam by Yahya Emerick).
Introduction (continued-2)Following centuries witnessed a new phase of bewilderment of the Jews (Jews of theDiaspora) in Europe, the Middle East and Africa. Those who settled in Europe were the onesamongst which the dream of a separate homeland sprouted, for they were widely prejudicedagainst and hated. Whereas in the Middle East, Jews enjoyed considerable freedoms,excelling in Phylosophy, politics and arts. In the 19th century the aspirations of the EuropeanJews of a new separate Homeland translated into the first Zionist movement, the politicalprogram supporting an all Jewish state.European nations shipped Jews off their lands to a land that would witness theirconcentration and their future home away from their lands, hoping this would make up fortheir persecution against them, giving them a free hand to kill, mayhem and annihilate theoriginal inhabitants of those lands to establish their own home- A genocide againstPalestinians, who inhabited that lands for a few centuries took place.The outcome of all this was the creation of nation of Israel.
Timeline Name Date RemarksTimeline (A) ① Roman Destruction of 70 A.D. The Roman army invaded Jerusalem Jerusalem, expelled the Jews. ② Kitos War 73 A.D. The First Roman-Jewish War- ③ The Bar-Kokhba Revolt (132-135 C.E.) A revolt against the Roman Empire that witnessed great expectations for Jews and ended with violent despair. ④ Edict of Milan 313 A.D. Issued by the Roman Emperor Constantine, it made Christianity the primary religion of the Roman Empire ⑤ Serious Persecution of 134 CE Rabbinical literature alludes Jews at the hands of to the Hadrianic persecution Emperor Hadrian of Jews that caused fear and apostasy. The Jews now passed through a period of bitter persecution; Sabbaths, festivals, the study of the Torah, and circumcision were banned.
Timeline (continued- 1) ⑥ Emperor 379- 395 The Emperor permittedTimeline (B) Theodosius the destruction of permitted the synagogues if it served destruction of a religious purpose. Synagogues ⑨ Burning of Milan 380 A.D. Ambrose, the patron Synagogue saint of Milan, was considered a Jewish enemy. He had hoped to become a martyr by the destruction of a synagogue. ⑩ Expelling Jews from 415 In Alexandria, through Egypt the bishop Cyril, hostility broke out between the Jews and the Christians, and Cyril expelled the Jews from the city-- (Socrates, "Hist. Eccl." vii. 15; Theophanes, l.c. p. 223).
Timeline (continued-2) 11 Emperor Justine‟s 528 A.D. Emperor JustinianTimeline (C) persecution of issued the Justinian Jews Code, banning Jews from building synagogues, reading the Bible in Hebrew, assembling in public, celebrating Passover before Easter, or testifying against Christians in court. 12 Ferreol, Bishop of 558 A.D. Ferreol ordered the Uzès expelled Jews of his diocese to Jews meet in the Church of St. Theodoric, and preached to them a baptismal sermon. Some Jews abjured their faith; he forbade the others to remain in the city, and expelled them from his diocese (558)
Timeline (continued-3) 13 First Persecution of 613 A.D. King Sisebut ordered theTimeline (D) Jews in Spain first persecution of Jews in Spain. Whether he was influenced by Emperor Heraclius, or whether the clergy brought it about, is unknown, but he ordered that within a year all Jews should either submit to baptism or leave the kingdom forever. 14 Exile of Jews from 855 A.D. Emperor Ludwig II. (855- Italy 75) is said to have issued an edict in 855 ordering all Italian Jews to leave the country before the 1st of October of that year.
Timeline (continued-4) 15 Crusades‟ targeted 1096 The Crusaders huntedTimeline (E) Jews in Cologne the Jews of Cologne out of the villages… 16 Crusades‟ slaying of 1096 Expeditions from Jews western Europe to recover Jerusalem and the holy sepulcher from the control of the infidel. The undisciplined mobs accompanying the first three Crusades attacked the Jews in Germany, France, and England, and put many of them to death.
Timeline (continued-4) 17 The Second Crusade- 1146 The inflammatory sermonsTimeline (F) A French Monk, of the French monk Rudolph, called for the Rudolph caused the destruction of the populace throughout the Jews. Rhine provinces to attack the Jews, and torture and kill such of them as would not accept baptism. 18 King of France, Philip 1180 Philip Augustus shoed anti- Augustus usurped Jewish hostility, and in Jewish properties and 1180, he ordered the persecuted them. imprisonment of all the Jews in his kingdom, their release being conditioned on the payment of the sum of 15,000 silver marks. In the spring of 1181 he banished them all, confiscated their lands and dwellings, and annulled four-fifths of their claims against the Christians, exacting the remainder for himself.
Timeline (continued-4) 19 The Crusade 1189- 1189 At the coronation ofTimeline (G) 1190 Richard I.- on Sept. 3, 1189, and before he started for the Third Crusade, a severe riot broke out, and after he had left the country the crusaders who were preparing to follow him attacked, with the aid of the populace, the Jews at Lynn, Stamford (March 7), Bury St. Edmunds (March 18), Colchester, Thetford, and Ospringe. In York on the night of March 16, 1190, 150 Jews, headed by Rabbi Yom-Tob of Joigny, immolated themselves to escape slaughter or forced baptism.
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The HolocaustIn 1933, Adolph Hitler was appointed the Chancellor of Germany. Under his rule, the nationgrew increasingly prejudiced against the Jews and gradually their rights faded with strictAdopted to limit their control and influence in the country, educing them to second-classcitizens with no right to vote, hold office, works in prestigious posts or marry non-Jews.Moving in Eastern Europe in 1939, Hitler gained control over Jews in Poland, Hungary andCzechoslovakia, indigenous inhabitants of these nations cooperated largely with the Naziforces, in hope of controlling the Jews.By then millions of Jews were said to have been trapped in European countries, andbecame a burden for those nations. And one of two solutions had to be pursued, Eitherdeport them to concentration camps in occupied countries. And indeed thousands of Jewswere shipped to Eastern Europe where they worked till they died. The second solution wasbrought a long in 1941, and was led by the Nazi, Hitler.
The Holocaust (continued)Jews were biologically exterminated, using Zyklon B Gas- it was the cheapest methodsought by the Nazi and his aids. Jews were grouped into gas chambers, where allvaluables and possessions taken away from them, even gold teeth, before they weretrapped till asphyxiation.The Germans called the Holocaust “the final solution to the Jewish question.” The wordHolocaust itself is derived from the Greek holokauston, a translation of the Hebrew wordʿolah,which means a burnt sacrifice offered whole to God. (according to Encyclopedia Britannica)The Holocaust has long been the cause of much controversy, over its acceptance as ahistorical fact, denial of its existence, the number of Jews persecuted and the truemotives that drove the Nazi, the leader of a nation that‟s credited for many artistic,philosophical and scientific breakthroughs, commit such heinous crime.
The Holocaust (continued)While some put the number of those killed in the mass extermination of Jews at thehands of the Nazis at 6 million (and that is the most accepted statistics), someexaggerate the number, and others deny the incident altogether.To conclude this part about the Holocaust, let me quote this valuable research paperthat was prepared on the sidelines of The Tehran Conference on The Holocaust-inDecember 2006, with the prime aim of refuting the story about 6,000,000 Jews beingexterminated or killed during World War II,“the huge Second World War in all its tragedy should be analyzed as a whole. Nodoubt, hundreds of thousands of Jews must have perished because of the war, and agreat part of them where killed intentionally out of prejudiced reasons. But it cant be fairto extract the Jews as one single minority and concentrate all attention just on them. Letus instead face this horrible past as a whole, and together.”- Stockholm October, 31st, 2006Jan Bernhoff
ConclusionThe reason why the persecution of Jews was that successful throughout history issimply because none stood up to stop it, Germany was then a superpower and nocountry would stand between the Nazi persecutors and the persecuted.But one notable remark that has to be made to conclude the presentation here isthat Jews have been subject to persecution mainly at the hands of Christians, thetimeline and historical review presented here showed scarce or strictly no Muslimpersecution to Jews.Jews were shipped out of European lands that witnessed the early immigration ofJews, the Middle East was a save haven for Jews where they lived peacefully forgenerations. And while Western nations preached anti-Jews hatred and prejudice,rejecting their culture and beliefs, persecution against Jews was prohibited in Araband Muslim states.
Conclusion (Continued)Today, nobody would dare speak a word against – let alone persecute –Jews and anything related to their culture, practices or motives- Anddenying the Holocaust can send you to jail. Speaking against Israel isanti-Semite and rejecting the persisting and illegal occupation ofPalestine can make an entire nation suffer, from superpowersthemselves supportive of the nation of Israel.Christians and Muslims, among many other cults and cultures had longbeen severely persecuted and wronged, yet none‟s cries had been asloud and as shrewdly manipulated as the Jews, expectedly for politicalmotives exploited to rule the world.Barbarism and persecution of human beings is surely regrettable andprohibited, but what‟s more abhorrent is to have such accepted for onenation and rejected for the other- human dignity and sanctity of human
① How to Tell Others about Islam, By Yahya Emerick② The Jewish Encyclopedia: http://www.jewishencyclopedia.com/③ The Ancient History Encyclopedia④ Religions of The World⑤ Holy Bible, International New Version⑥ Encyclopedia Britannica⑦ Ontario Consultants on Religious Tolerance (www.religioustolerance.org)⑧ Al Balagh (www.albalagh.org)⑨ http://www.ancient.eu.com/cyrene/⑩ Holocaust Demography, Paper prepared for The Tehran Conference on The Holocaust December 2006