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In a landmark 2018 court ruling, Jews became a protected "race" under American law. This judgement was divisive. The case, in which a Catholic convert had been denied a job beause of his Jewish bloodline, should have been a victory for victims of anti-Semitism. Instead, many Jews saw its result as short-sighted. They argue that formalising racial distinctions legitimises racism. And that this approach is in the same genre of identity politics as the Holocaust. Others claim that categorising Jews as a minority ethnic group helps protect them against discrimination. Are Jews white?

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When "white" is used to categorise people within our society, it includes social, political, and historical dimensions that Jews are disconnected from.
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White identity is Christian Identity

Historically, "white" as a category has been used as a shorthand for Christian Identity. That is an anti-Semitic perspective of race that claims only those of Germanic, Anglo-Saxon, Celtic, Nordic, and Aryan origin are white.

The Argument

Christian Identity movement originated from nineteenth-century British-Israelism. According to the movement, the Anglo-Saxon, Celtic, Germanic, Nordic, and Aryan populations of Europe were the real Lost Tribes of Israel and God’s chosen people. Christian Identity adherents accuse Jews of pretending to be the descendants of the ancient Israelites and consider them as imposters.[1] There are different theories within the Identity regarding the ancestry of Jews. One theory of the Identity asserts that Jews descended from an Asian people known as the Khazars. The Khazar Empire was a Jewish state that mainly consisted of Turks. It settled near the Black Sea during the Middle Ages. Hence, Jews were “false” Israelites.[2] On the other hand, the most extreme “two seedline” theory of the Identity argues that Jews are the children of Satan. According to the theory, the seduction of Eve by the Serpent in Eden was sexual. Their sexual affair produced Cain, who was "a Mongrel, a Hybrid, a Non-Race." Cain's brother Abel was the offspring of Eve with the pure, white Adam. Cain's murder of Abel started the war between the Satanic forces of "Jewry" and the pure white race born of Adam.[3] An alternative to the "two seedline" theory is the "one seedline" theory. Identity's one-seed believers suggest that Jews descended from Jacob's brother Esau. Esau cursed God and married outside the Israelite race. His actions resulted in God's hatred upon him and his descendants, also called the Jews. One-seed believers argue that Israel's identity belongs solely to the Anglo-Saxon, Celtic, Germanic, Nordic, and Aryan people.[4] Overall, the Christian Identity movement claims that the true holders of white identity are the Anglo-Saxon, Celtic, Germanic, Nordic, and Aryan people. Jews are not white; they stole Israel's identity.

Counter arguments

One counter-argument is that the Christian Identity theories serve to further the anti-Semitic agenda without any real evidence from the Bible. Linda Schearing, a biblical scholar at Gonzaga University, argues that the Christian Identity theories are an abuse of the Bible to promote white supremacy and anti-Semitism. She says that the evidence for such theories do not exist in the Bible. There is no reason to believe that the Serpent was a male, that Eve and the Serpent had a sexual relationship, or that the text concerns itself with the question of race. John Helgeland, a religion professor at North Dakota State University in Fargo, considers the “two seedline” theory to be mythic, not literal, history.[5] The Christian Identity belief system was also condemned by the National Council of Churches because it has no basis in the Bible.[6] In addition, Christian Identity has no central authority or ecclesiastical structure. It is not connected with any specific Christian denominations. Small congregations which consist of white-supremacist authors and individuals practice the Identity. Mail-order ministries and speeches given from a variety of rostrums promulgate its teachings. Therefore, the Identity is not a credible source to claim that Jews are not white.[7]

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  1. https://journals.colorado.edu/index.php/next/article/view/121/107
  2. https://apps.dtic.mil/dtic/tr/fulltext/u2/a484154.pdf
  3. https://www.adl.org/resources/backgrounders/christian-identity
  4. https://www.researchgate.net/publication/332996172_Christian_Identity_An_American_Heresy/link/5cd59fe1299bf14d95893aa9/download
  5. https://www.spokesman.com/stories/1996/may/05/false-with-god-christian-identity-movement-twists/
  6. https://www.nytimes.com/1996/04/12/us/creed-of-hate-called-christian-identity-is-the-heart-of-the-freemen-s-beliefs.html?auth=login-google
  7. https://www.splcenter.org/fighting-hate/intelligence-report/1998/christian-identity-movement-spreads-race-hate

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