During the Middle Ages political and religious leaders were not principled in their treatment of Jews. Rather than being known for principle, they were often known for plunder and persecution and prosecution, even pogroms of innocent people. And, of course, their mistreatment was not representative of genuine Christianity. Jews were forced to convert to Christianity in Constantinople (of course it takes faith not force or fraud to produce a Christian), were forced out of Italy, and were driven from what is now Belgium. They could only return if they contritely confessed their guilt for killing Christ.
Of course, the Crusades were a dark, dismal, and decadent episode that ostensibly was to take Jerusalem and the Holy Land away from the “Muslim infidels,” but the “Christian” crusaders butchered thousands of Jews during their extended Holy Land tour. The Catholic Church tried to drive infidel Muslims and Jews into Heaven with a bloody sword; however, force never made a real convert–only faith does that.
France sure increased their “bottom line” in the 12th century when they expelled all Jews from the land and confiscated their land and houses. They were “kind” enough to permit them to sell anything that was moveable. England seized Jewish possessions and some of their homes were burned.
Another dark period began in 1229 when the Spanish Inquisition was authorized by Pope Innocent (!) IV permitting torture of Jews and non-Roman Catholic Christians. Later, 16,000 Jews were banished from England.
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At the beginning of the 14th century, France forced 100,000 Jews from the nation (after expelling them about 300 years earlier then permitting them to emigrate again. The “Christian” leaders of France permitted the Jews to take food for one day and the clothes on their backs.
When the Black Death lashed the face of Europe, Jews were accused of spreading the plague by poisoning drinking wells; consequently more than 5,000 Jews were burned at the stake. As the night sky was ablaze in European cities the plague continued to ravage nation after nation.
In 1492, Jews in Spain were given three choices by “Christian” Ferdinand and Isabella: they could be baptized, banished, or butchered. About 300,000 Jews fled the nation without a peso in their pockets. Hatred and bigotry flowed through the streets of European cities like hot lava.
Another dark time in history came with the religious and political success of Martin Luther. He was one of the most courageous, committed men in history yet he became more anti-Semitic as he aged. He wrote a booklet titled, On Jews and Their Lies that asked the question, “What shall we do with this rejected and condemned people, the Jews?” He suggested that Jewish homes be “razed and destroyed,” and their religious books burned. Only God knows how much negative influence Luther had on Hitler and his development of the “Jewish solution.” Luther had pulled out of the state sponsored Roman Catholic Church only to start another state church in Germany. He “came out” but not far enough and brought some of the tyranny with him. He should have left it in Rome.
In the early 20th century, about 600,000 Jews were force marched from the border of Russia into the interior resulting in the starvation and exposure deaths of 100,000.
When Hitler gained control in 1933, he started restricting Jews from attending universities and working in the professions. In 1938, German mobs burned 2,000 synagogues, destroyed 7,500 Jewish businesses, and 30,000 Jews were sent to concentration camps on what is now called “The Night of Broken Glass” (Kristallnacht). The Roman Catholic Church never excommunicated Adolph Hitler and other vicious Jew-hating dictators. Of course God took care of him. Hitler’s acolytes are active in Europe today.
In late 1941 the Odessa massacre scarred the world’s conscience when Romanian and German troops killed about 100,000 Jews. Some say it was closer to 115,000 Jews and 15,000 Gypsies.
Hatred of Jews came to a repulsive climax when Hitler sent them to concentration camps where many were killed simply for being Jews. Even now there is a huge number of people who honor Hitler and his cadre of criminals who paraded in jackboots forcing Jews and genuine Christians into submission.
The Jewish people have not always done right as any reader of the Old Testament knows; however, they were chosen by God and Christ was a Jew. They are a miracle people having survived thousands of years although plundered, persecuted, and prosecuted. And all Muslim nations want to drive Israel into the sea yet Israelis still negotiate with them, even giving them much of their land. That proves that very smart people do some very stupid things at times.
Muslims hate Jews (and everyone else) because the Koran teaches them to do so. And the incredible success of the Jews is a slap in the face to every Muslim, the nation of Israel being an excellent example. It’s easier to hate and kill Jews than to excel in science and other professions.
One general measure of success, especially in science, is being awarded the Nobel Prize for science. Two hundred Jews have won the Nobel Prize in science with only 16 million total Jews in the world. Of the 1.7 billion Muslims in the world, only eight Muslims have been so honored. Do the math.
I rest my case: Jews are hated because they are a special people. God is watching.
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