Lead:  The term anti-Semitism was coined in 1879, but the idea and practices of anti-Jewish bigotry and prejudice date back many generations and have stained many nations.

Intro.: A Moment in Time with Dan Roberts.

Content:  The word Semite emerged from religious discourse and was used to describe people from southwestern Asia descending from Shem, one of the sons of Noah – an ethnic group which included both Hebrews and Arabs. Despite this, the term anti-Semitism came to exclusively refer to those who hated Jews. An anti-Semite displays hostile attitudes and behavior toward Jews simply because they are Jews. For the last two thousand years anti-Semitism as it emerged could be found to influence social norms and provoke racial rejection, oppression, governmental policy and in its most extreme form pogroms, outright persecution.

 

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