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Sun Feb 26, 2012, 06:30 AM

Antisemitism has a long history in Britain

Antisemitism in the British isles has a long and inglorious history, preceding the expulsion of Jews from Britain in 1290.

Anthony Julius, a London-based lawyer, has immersed himself in this age-old topic and written a weighty tome on it. In Trials of the Diaspora: A History of Antisemitism in England (Oxford University Press), he explores this phenomenon by examining four varieties of Jew hatred.

The first variety, the antisemitism of defamation, expropriation, murder and expulsion, climaxed in the medieval era.

The second kind, literary antisemitism, reeks in the pages of literature down through the ages.

The modern antisemitism of insult and partial exclusion has been experienced by Jews since their readmission to Britain in the mid-17th century.


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Reply Antisemitism has a long history in Britain (Original post)
Behind the Aegis Feb 2012 OP
Democrat18 Feb 2012 #1
dballance Feb 2012 #5
dballance Feb 2012 #2
ChairmanAgnostic Feb 2012 #3
Behind the Aegis Feb 2012 #4
ChairmanAgnostic Feb 2012 #6
Behind the Aegis Feb 2012 #7
ChairmanAgnostic Feb 2012 #9
Behind the Aegis Feb 2012 #10
ChairmanAgnostic Feb 2012 #11
no_hypocrisy Feb 2012 #8
Mass Feb 2012 #12
libinnyandia Feb 2012 #13
LeftishBrit Feb 2012 #14
Behind the Aegis Feb 2012 #16
Odin2005 Feb 2012 #15

Response to Behind the Aegis (Original post)

Sun Feb 26, 2012, 06:38 AM

1. From the Article

 

Benjamin Disraeli, a convert to Christianity and the first person of Jewish descent to become prime minister, faced taunts throughout his distinguished career. In attacking him, some antisemites referred to his “crypto-Judaism” and “Judaic feeling.”


The shit never goes away, just changes, so yesterday's "Judiac feeling" is today's "Kenyan anti-Colonialism"

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Response to Democrat18 (Reply #1)

Sun Feb 26, 2012, 06:57 AM

5. When will we change??

 

It is 2012 and so many people in the US still want to live in 1950.

I'm going to paraphrase MLK Jr. and not get the quotes correct but:

When will we judge the character of a man based on his deeds and not the color of his skin?

So when will we judge a PERSON based on their deeds and actions and not the color of their skin, their sexual orientation, their country of origin or their religion?

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Response to Behind the Aegis (Original post)

Sun Feb 26, 2012, 06:42 AM

2. Thank You for the Education

 

I did not know this history. So it was enlightening for me to read the article.

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Response to Behind the Aegis (Original post)

Sun Feb 26, 2012, 06:48 AM

3. Tell me about this Disraeli dude.

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Response to ChairmanAgnostic (Reply #3)

Sun Feb 26, 2012, 06:52 AM

4. Benjamin Disraeli

Benjamin Disraeli's biographers believe he was descended from Italian Sephardic Jews. He claimed Portuguese ancestry, possibly referring to an earlier origin of his family heritage in Iberia prior to the expulsion of Jews in 1492. After this event many Jews emigrated, in two waves; some fled to the Muslim lands of the Ottoman Empire, but many also went to Christian Europe, first to northern Italy, then to the Netherlands, and later to England.[2] One modern historian has seen him as essentially a marrano.[3][4]

He was the second child and eldest son of Isaac D'Israeli, a literary critic and historian, and Maria Basevi. Benjamin changed the spelling in the 1820s by dropping the apostrophe.[5] His siblings included Sarah (1802–1859), Naphtali (1807), Ralph (1809–1898), and James (1813–1868).[6] Benjamin at first attended a small school, the Reverend John Potticary's school at Blackheath.[7] His father had Benjamin baptised in July 1817 following a dispute with their synagogue. The elder D'Israeli was content to remain outside organised religion. From 1817, Benjamin attended a school at Higham Hill, in Walthamstow, under Eliezer Cogan.[8] His younger brothers, in contrast, attended the superior Winchester College.[9]

His father groomed him for a career in law, and Disraeli was articled to a solicitor in 1821. In 1824, Disraeli toured Belgium and the Rhine Valley with his father and later wrote that it was while travelling on the Rhine that he decided to abandon the law: "I determined when descending those magical waters that I would not be a lawyer."[10] He visited the towns of Oppenheim and Speyer, both of which have notable Jewish communities. On his return to England he speculated on the stock exchange on various South American mining companies. The recognition of the new South American republics on the recommendation of George Canning had led to a considerable boom, encouraged by various promoters. In this connection, Disraeli became involved with the financier J. D. Powles, one such booster. In the course of 1825, Disraeli wrote three anonymous pamphlets for Powles, promoting the companies.[11]

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Benjamin_Disraeli

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Response to Behind the Aegis (Reply #4)

Sun Feb 26, 2012, 07:02 AM

6. And one of the finest political minds ever to run England.

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Response to ChairmanAgnostic (Reply #6)

Sun Feb 26, 2012, 07:07 AM

7. And yet still hounded for being a Jew.

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Response to Behind the Aegis (Reply #7)

Sun Feb 26, 2012, 07:31 AM

9. Yeah, there was that.

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Response to ChairmanAgnostic (Reply #9)

Sun Feb 26, 2012, 07:35 AM

10. Such a pity.

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Response to Behind the Aegis (Reply #10)

Sun Feb 26, 2012, 09:41 AM

11. I forget the author, but I read a brilliant biography of him.

Fascinating guy. What a life he led.

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Response to Behind the Aegis (Original post)

Sun Feb 26, 2012, 07:24 AM

8. I really want to read this book and then at a later time return to Shakespeare's

Merchant of Venice to re-analyze his take on antisemitism in Tudor England.

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Response to Behind the Aegis (Original post)

Sun Feb 26, 2012, 12:12 PM

12. I was stunned by the blatantly antisemitic remarks in some of Agatha Christie's books!!!

So, it does not surprise me at all. Great Britain was not spared by antisemitism (neither are the US).

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Response to Mass (Reply #12)

Sun Feb 26, 2012, 12:22 PM

13. It is sickening to hear how Jewish refugees from Europe after WWII were treared in New York.

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Response to Behind the Aegis (Original post)

Sun Feb 26, 2012, 06:33 PM

14. George Orwell wrote an interesting article about it in the 1940s.

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Response to LeftishBrit (Reply #14)

Sun Feb 26, 2012, 10:19 PM

16. WOW!

Intelligent woman, on being offered a book dealing with antisemitism and German atrocities: “Don't show it me, please don't show it to me. It'll only make me hate the Jews more than ever.”

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Response to Behind the Aegis (Original post)

Sun Feb 26, 2012, 07:42 PM

15. Antisemitism has a long history EVERYWHERE.

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