How are modern Jews discriminated?How are modern Jews discriminated against? This is for a oral in my Modern History class about Anti-Semitism. Help me, thanks :)

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Lorraine Caplan eNotes educator| Certified Educator

Modern Jews are discriminated against in different ways in different areas of the world, I would say. Much discrimination manifests itself as what are called "hate crimes," such as vandalism in Jewish cemeteries or "hate speech" against Jewish people, in the form of newspaper articles or cartoons portraying Jewish people negatively.  In some countries, for example, Iran, there is an official policy that expresses a desire to wipe Israel off the map.

There are some who distinguish between anti-Semitism and anti-Zionism, Zionism being the advocacy for the continued state of Israel. This is a tricky issue, and one you might want to form your own opinion about.  Is criticism of Israel a form of anti-Semitism or a political matter?

In the United States, of course, there is Federal and state law that prohibits discrimination on the basis of religion in employment, housing, education, and public accommodation.  Generally, I doubt that there is discrimination in these areas that can be proven in most cases, but no doubt there is some discrimination going on. 

I have provided a link to the Anti-Defamation League website for you.  This is an organization that tracks hate speech and hate crimes all over the world, and there is a link on the website for anti-Semitism in particular.

Good luck to you. 

litteacher8 eNotes educator| Certified Educator
People still discriminate against Jews in some ways. Antisemitism is still present in or society. People often make derogatory remarks about Jewish people being money-grubbers or involved in a great Jewish conspiracy. The biggest discrimination is from modern Nazis and Holocaust deniers.
frizzyperm | Student

Israel, the jewish state, receives massive positive discrimination from the American government. Despite repeated serious breaches of human rights, possesion of WMDs and continuous war crimes against the Palestinians, Israel recieves billions of American tax dollars every year and the unquestioning support of the American political system.

Also, any criticism of Israel, legitimate or otherwise, is instantly attacked by Israeli officials as anti-semitism.

Cherryblossom | Student

Thanks very much for all your help, I really appreciate it.