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Anti-Semitism vs. Anti-Americanism.

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Roumyana Mihailova 11/2 7th December 2003 Anti-Semitism vs. Anti-Americanism At first sight it seems that anti-Semitism and anti-Americanism are too different to be compared. According to the Torah, Jews are a nation that shares the same religion and history (Tracey npag). For more than two thousand years Jews have been spread all over the world and still have kept their identity (Stefanov npag). On the other hand, America incorporates people of different religions and races and is one of the world powers. So, if anti-Semitism is an attitude against a nation, anti-Americanism is hatred of a prosperous country. However, it turns out that both Americans and Jews have been subjects of disdain. Furthermore, they both have been accused of a determination to dominate the world. The last common element of anti-Semitism and anti-Americanism is religious hatred. The term anti-Semitism originated in 1879 as a result of a theory, stating that Jews are inferior to people of the Aryan race (Glatzer npag). However, discrimination of Jews existed long before 1879. ...read more.

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Before the Great War Europe was a leading industrial power. And suddenly, after the First World War, this position was taken by the USA. Once lost their domination in world industry, Europeans instinctively try to keep at least the feeling of cultural supremacy over Americans. Furthermore - they bend even the economical success of the USA, by saying that "Americans are highly materialistic consumers" or " a subcivilized mass, whose function is to be obedient consumers in a system run by big business" (Johnson, npag). Europeans try to prove that Americans are inferior and in this way to keep their own self-confidence. Both Americans and Jews have been accused of an attempt to dominate the world. In 1905 an anti-Semitic book, called Protocols of the Elders of Zion was published in Russia (Glatzer npag). It "purported to reveal details of an international Jewish conspiracy to dominate the world" (Glatzer npag). Such propaganda was widespread. In the 1920s USA, a prosperous American automobile manufacturer, Henry Ford, "reprinted the discredited Protocols of the Elders of Zion in his newspaper Dearborn Independent" (Glatzer npag). ...read more.

Conclusion

and their allies--civilians and military--is an individual duty for every Muslim who can do it in any country in which it is possible to do it" ( Ben Laden, npag). An outburst of Arab hatred was the attack on The World Trade Center on 11th September 2001 in which a lot of innocent people were killed. Arab aggression against Jews and Americans has taken many victims, Although anti-Semitism and anti-Americanism have many common features, there are some main differences. When Jews were persecuted in the 1930s, they were helpless, while America is among the greatest military powers in the world and can defend itself. Anti-Semitism is expressed mainly by persecutions and discrimination of Jews. Anti-Americanism is more of an attitude widespread among people of other nations, born out of envy. Anti-Semitism is much older. It is a dislike of Judaism, while anti-Americanism is mainly a disagreement with US foreign policy. In conclusion, both anti-Americanism and anti-Semitism are global phenomena. They are incited by different factors, but are similar in their very nature. Both anti-Americanism and anti-Semitism have lead to mass killing of innocent people. ...read more.

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