Anti Semitism As A Religious, Ethnic, Or Racial Group

1270 Words May 4th, 2015 6 Pages
Anti-Semitism is defined as “hostility toward or discrimination against Jews as a religious, ethnic, or racial group.” The word was given a definite meaning when Hitler rose to power and became chancellor of Germany in 1933 and made certain decisions about Jews. However, this was not the first time that this term was needed. In 1807, Ezekiel Hart was elected to the legislature of Lower Canada but could not take his seat because of his religious beliefs and because the law recommended that he take an oath which as a Jew he was not eligible for. The production of religious and propaganda filled books (written by Goldwin Smith) like “La Vérité », » La Semaine Religieuse », and « L’Action Sociale” also showed severe hatred of Jews. These books circulated through Quebec churches and led the people to believe that Jews were “parasites” and enemies of civilization. One of the most significant acts of violence against Jews happened in 1910 when Joseph Plamondon, a well-known anti-Semitic, gave a speech that encouraged citizens to attack “Jewish storekeepers and damage their businesses”. Even though the Jews launched a “civil action against Plamondon and four years later the court gave them minimal cost”; the hatred and attacks continued throughout the years leading up to World War Two and even after. Anti-Semitism was an issue in Canada before and during World War II because of the rise of fascist leaders and political parties, the use of internment camps and discriminatory…
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