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By Jerome A. Chanes

Antisemitism: A Reference guide is the 1st reference paintings to give an international survey of antisemitism that is going past its historical past to bare the roots and nature of antisemitism. Exploring how antisemitism has manifested itself in a variety of nations from pre-Christian occasions to cutting-edge ongoing Palestinian Intifada, which has prompted serious reactions in Arab and Muslim groups around the globe, this distinctive paintings strains the historical past of the hatred of Jews worldwide.Approximately 20 biographical sketches profile advocates of antisemitism equivalent to William Marr, who coined the time period "antisemitism," and competitors of antisemitism comparable to St. Anselm and Martin Luther King. during this critical but available quantity, scholars, students, executive officers, and diplomats will become aware of the solutions to such complicated questions as "What is antisemitism?" and "How does antisemitism relate to racism and to workforce prejudice in general?"

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In short, in the contemporary era—especially since the Holocaust— there is a consensus among Jews that the victims of this most vile and ancient hatred need neither apologize for their existence nor emasculate themselves in response to antisemitism but must take action—be that action political, legislative, or judicial—against it. The means of counteraction of antisemitism are many. We identify the most visible and efficacious. Popular among Jewish “defense” agencies has been the use of a variety of prejudice-reduction programs (such as the World of Difference program of the Anti-Defamation League), although there are limited data that such programs result in the diminution of attitudinal antisemitism among members of the broad population.

Thus, the negative picture of the Jew as homeless wanderer—society’s castoff—did not begin with the development of Christian theology. 1 In the third century BCE there 25 26 Historical Narrative and Chronology was a sizable Jewish community in Egypt, centered in Alexandria. Egypt indeed had become the heart of the Diaspora; it was also the center of Hellenization. Alexandria was a second Athens. Jewish refusal to accept common religious and social standards was resented by the strongly Hellenized indigenous Egyptian population.

And this dynamic reinforces itself: the perception that non-Jews are hostile may very well lead Jews to avoid non-Jewish intimacies and associations. In turn, the absence of such contact sustains the negative image of the non-Jew and reinforces Jews’ fear of non-Jews—in a word, of antisemitism. Further, the perception of antisemitism found among many Jews, particularly American Jews, may be a vestige of a time when antisemitism was very real—periods in which large-scale social and economic discrimination against Jews was normative—and when every Jew was insecure vis-à-vis non-Jews.

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