a guest post by Mr. Cohen
Quick historical quotes about about anti-Semitism that many
people forgot, listed in approximate chronological order.
Lest we forget why Jews need their own land, and army, and state.
the year 700 CE], the Jews [in Spain] were not permitted to own land.”
[Ferdinand] Martinez [confessor of the Queen, and administrator of
the archdiocese of Seville, and a sworn enemy of the Jews] called for
the destruction of 23 synagogues in the city.
only yielded to popular demand, we do not know.
In any case, on June 4, 1391, the Jewish community of Seville
was destroyed by a mob that stormed the Jewish sectors and
burned the synagogues.
“Moreover, if it was piety and deep religious conviction which
motivated the men of the Inquisition, it was a religious faith
that paid handsomely. Every conviction meant not simply
heretics punished or reconciled but fortunes confiscated.
And the proceeds filled not only the coffers of the state
but the treasures of the Grand Inquisitors as well.
of so many Marranos were not merely undertaken for religious
purification of these supposed heretics. The income derived
from the judgment, whether the sentence was death or the
result reconciliation, was enormous.
Many multimillionaires, even by today’s standards,
either died at the stake or in the dungeons.
Others were released with minor punishment.
a foregone conclusion. The accused all left the high tribunal
as beggars. Perhaps this explains why the Inquisition, called
out of the past in the 1480s, maintained itself well into the 19th century.”
“In [year] 1670 [CE], because the Queen of Austria suffered several
miscarriages, the whole Jewish community was expelled.”
“In a glass case [in the home of Franz von Mendelssohn] were the famous
white porcelain monkeys which every Jew had been forced to buy at exorbitant
prices in the middle of the 18th century to finance the Prussian porcelain industry
then being established by Frederick the Great [born 1712, died 1782].”
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