The spate of hatred perpetuated against Asian Americans recently, as well as the discrimination against LGBTQ, Black, Latino, Indian and Jewish Americans, highlights the persecution of minorities everywhere. Blacks and American Indians in the U.S. have experienced this over the past 300 years. Other minorities in the world have been subjected to persecution and discrimination, and all of the wars in the world have had an element of hatred within them.

Jews in the world, especially in Europe, have been persecuted over the millennia and experienced the largest genocidal massacre of all time. The Holocaust in the 1930s and 1940s perpetrated by Nazi Germany and the Nazi leaders (who amazingly claimed to be devout Christians), along with the acquiescence of the vast majority of the German people, exemplified the European hatred of the Jews.

An Anti-Defamation League study in 2019 documented widespread anti-Jewish behavior persisted against a miniscule Jewish population of 0.2% of the total European population. Greece was at 67% of the population being anti-Jewish, despite Jews being only 0.05% of the Greek population. Poland was at 48%, Ukraine at 46%, Hungary at 42%, Russia at 31%, Spain at 28%, Austria at 20%, Italy at 18%, France at 17% and Germany at 15%. The United Kingdom, Netherlands, Belgium, Denmark, Norway, Sweden and Finland were all 5% to 15%. In comparison, the U.S. was at 14%, but attacks here are increasing by neo-Nazis and Muslims. Muslim countries in the Middle East and North Africa were at a 74% level of Jew hatred.

Muslim persecution of Christians was recently documented in Open Doors’ World Watch List of 2021. The report documents that every day in certain Muslim countries 13 Christians are killed, 12 are arrested or imprisoned and five are abducted, while 12 churches are attacked.

The U.S. has seen a number of Muslim attacks on Christians and Jews, including 9/11 and numerous attacks by individuals over the decades. Some strides have been made in reducing the persecution of people, but there remains a long way to go to overcome the convulsiveness of hatred and violence in the world perpetrated against people who are typically very intelligent, educated and successful.



DONALD MOSKOWITZ

ELIZABETH (JONES) MOSKOWITZ

Londonderry, N.H.

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