ia. wear a yellow Star of David as identifica-
• Jews were not granted civil equality
1391 A.D. Jewish persecutions began tion. A few hundred thousand Jews were
with Christians or Pagans
in Seville and 70 other Jewish communities allowed to leave Germany only after they
• The government impounded money
throughout Spain. Jews were cruelly mas- turned over all of their assets to the govern-
sent to Jews in Palestine
sacred and their bodies dismembered. ment. Kristallnacht marked a turning point
• Jews barred from official positions
1453 A.D. The Franciscan monk, Cap- in Hitler’s campaign against the Jews. This
and public office
istrano, persuaded the King of Poland to escalation of violence was considered the
• Jerusalem became off limits to Jews
withdraw all rights of citizenship for Jewish beginning of the horrors of World War II.
on pain of death
people. 1939 The Holocaust began. Today, the
• Jews were forbidden to celebrate
1492 A.D. “Columbus sailed the ocean word Holocaust has come to refer specifi-
Passover, Holy Days, Feasts/Festivals and
blue” commissioned by King Ferdinand II cally to the methodic elimination of Euro-
even the Sabbath in some places
and Queen Isabella of Spain (looking to pean Jewry by the Nazi Third Reich, which
344 A.D.—407 A.D. John Chrysostom,
make Spain a purely Catholic country). did not end until 1945 with the conclusion
the “golden-mouth orator”—a Bishop and
Jews were given the choice of being bap- of World War II. Six million Jews, including
canonized saint by the Roman Catholic
tized as Christians or be banished from 1.5 million children, were systematically
Church, blamed the entire Jewish race for
Spain; 300,000 left Spain penniless. and savagely exterminated.
the death of Jesus and sought to separate
1497 A.D. Jews banished from Portu- It seems impossible that such acts
Christianity from its Jewish roots.
gal; 20,000 Jews left the country rather than could have been committed in the name of
589 A.D. The Third Council of Toledo
be baptized as Christians, others became Christianity. But these are actual historical
in Spain ordered children born of marriage
slaves. accounts and examples of tragedies that
between Jews and Christians be baptized
1543 A.D. Martin Luther published a can and have occurred when so-called
pamphlet entitled, On Jews and Their Lies. Christians fanatically follow leaders who
613 A.D. Jews given the option of leav-
He recommended that houses of Jews be do not follow the teachings of Jesus and the
ing Spain or converting to Christianity.
“razed and destroyed,” and their religious Bible.
722 A.D. Jews forced to convert to
books burned. This pamphlet and his later Presently, Anti-Semitism is again on
Christianity in Constantinople.
anti-Semitic writings called Annuls of the the rise. In Europe and Russia, for example,
1096 A.D. The “Crusades” begin, tens
Jews, paved the way theologically for Hitler anti-Semitic hate crimes are at an all time
of thousands of Jewish people killed in
and the Nazis in Germany. high since WWII. Jewish synagogues and
“Holy Wars.” The persecution and slaugh-
1794 A.D. Restriction of Jews in Russia, cemeteries have been desecrated and Jews
ter continued until 1272.
Jewish men were forced to serve 25 years in have been beaten and even murdered.
1121 A.D. Jews were driven out of Flan-
the Russian military Then, of course, we have the continued
ders (now part of Belgium) until they
1846 A.D. Pope Pius the Ninth restored threat of world terrorism by radical Muslim
repented the guilt of killing Jesus Christ.
all former restrictions against the Jews in extremists who hate the Jews and are deter-
1146 A.D. Renewed persecution of the
the Vatican State. mined to completely destroy the nation of
Jews in Germany at the beginning of the
1933 Hitler rises to Chancellor of Ger- Israel and bring about world domination
second crusade, the French Monk Rudolf
many. And the Nazi Era begins. Virulent under the Muslim faith.
called for the destruction of the Jews.
anti-Semitic propaganda and the ground- The horrors of the past cannot be
1215 A.D. Pope Innocent the Third set
work for Judenrein, meaning, “cleansed of undone, but we can stand with the Jewish
cannons affecting the Jews - Baptized Jews
Jews,” begins. People and speak out against any and all
were forbidden to practice Jewish customs,
1934 Various racial laws against the forms of anti-Semitism. We can work tire-
Jews were forced to wear humiliating dress
Jews were enacted in Germany forcing Jews lessly to reach out to the Jewish People with
or badges of shame for identification.
out of schools and professions. the love of God and let them know that
1225 to 1274 A.D. St. Thomas Aqui-
1938 Kristallnacht called “The Night Yeshua came as their Messiah—and that He
nas, Italian Dominican Monk, considered
of Broken Glass” took place on Nov. 9th loves and cares for them. And, His love is
the Jew in this way, “the Jew is nothing
and 10th—during this government-spon- one of the fruit of the spirit along with joy,
more than an animal, and it would be legal
sored program, the Nazi’s shattered the peace, long-suffering, gentleness, goodness,
according to custom to hold Jews because
windows of more than 1,000 synagogues in faith, meekness and temperance that the
of their crime, in perpetual servitude or
Germany, desecrating Torah Scrolls and Jewish community need be shown now as
burning Prayer Books. 2,000 synagogues ever.
1229 A.D. The Spanish Inquisition
were burned; 7,500 Jewish businesses Edmund Burke once said, “The only
destroyed. Ninety-one Jews were murdered thing necessary for the triumph of evil is
1252 A.D. Pope Innocent the Fourth
and 30,000 were arrested and sent to con-
for good men to do nothing.”
authorizes the use of torture by the Inquisi-
centration camps. Hitler reinstated the cen-
tors against Jews and other apostates.
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tury-old Church law, ordering all Jews to
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1290 A.D. Edward the First banished
the Jews from England. 16,000 Jews were Messianic Rabbi Gil Kaplan, with his wife Brenda are co-founders of Builders of Unity
forced to leave the country.
Ministries International, in Phoenix, AZ. Rabbi Gil is one of the sons of Jewish Voice founder,
1348 – 1350 A.D. Jews blamed for
Louis Kaplan. His daily radio broadcast, “Builders of Unity,” can be heard on the web on KXEG am
causing the “black death” plague in Europe
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by poisoning wells and rivers. As a result,
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