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Jewish People Were Forced To Become Moneylenders

By Gregory Myers on Sunday, November 2, 2014


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Banks are the temples of America. This is a holy war. Our economy is our religion
. Giannina Braschi
In A Nutshell
The conspiracies about Jewish bankers go back a long way and are so ingrained th
at even many people who are not anti-Semitic buy into the theory. Historically,
there have been many Jewish people involved in banking, but it was never a consp
iracy. In actuality, due to usury laws prescribed by the Jewish scriptures, the
Jewish people were considered the logical choice to handle the moneylending. To
make matters worse, many Jewish people were barred from other occupations, so th
ey had to take what they could get.
The Whole Bushel
Many people still claim that there is an international banking conspiracy run by
a shadowy group of Jewish men who control . . . literally everything in the wor
ld. Now, it is true that there are a lot of big Jewish family names in banking a
nd that many of them go back a very long way. But there is no conspiracy. The Je
wish people never planned to take over anything or become the banking force that
many of them still are today. In fact, when they first started to transform int
o the forerunners of the modern bankers we see today, they basically had no othe
r choice when it came to a profession.
In medieval Europe and Asia, Christianity and Islam held sway and the Jewish peo
ple were without a real home. Almost everywhere they went, they were faced with
some form of persecution or discrimination. In many cases, they were allowed to
live peacefully but wouldn t be allowed to own land, join the labor guilds, or any
thing of the sort. Essentially, they had to find some niche to work their way in
to.
As it turned out, the world was starting to change new forms of currency and econo
mic practices were emerging. Soon, the economy of the world had a need for money
lenders. The problem was that according to the prevalent Catholic interpretation
of biblical law, Christian lenders weren t allowed to charge interest on loans (a
lthough they could apply fees and other costs). This was because a loan was not
really considered a banking matter but something nice you did to help someone ou
t; it wasn t meant to earn you money.
However, the world was increasingly becoming a place where this was necessary more
lending was needed, and with the increased volume of lending, it became an occu
pation. Those performing it needed to make a living to feed their families. Luck
ily, the Jewish usury laws were a bit less strict and only forbade charging inte
rest to other Jewish people. This meant that working as middlemen, bankers, and
other forms of go-between business became some of the only viable occupations fo
r a nomadic people that were treated with hostility practically everywhere they
went.
The Jewish moneylenders quickly became invaluable to the Christian empire. They
helped finance new churches and loaned the Christians the money they needed in t
he ill-fated Crusades in the Middle East. Unfortunately though, despite being so
rely needed, the Jews (who were already looked down upon) were being loathed wit
h even more passion than before. The Jewish lenders often had trouble with peopl
e not wanting to pay up later, so they charged high interest rates to recoup som
e of their losses. Before long, many people were very upset with the Jewish peop
le, feeling that their lending practices were unfair. At times, this led to viol
ent attacks against Jewish communities, and oftentimes they found their roles in
society relegated basically to the status of slave bankers.

They existed to perform an important role but were often given as few rights as
possible. To make matters worse, they were used as scapegoats by the government
so people would be angry at the Jewish people for moneylending practices, instea
d of being angry at their government for high taxes and poor standards of living
. And while the Jewish people do not run a secret cabal that controls the world,
they did contribute greatly contribute to our modern banking system and laid the
foundation for the future economy.
Show Me The Proof
Barbarians of Wealth: Protecting Yourself from Today s Financial Attilas, by Sandy
Franks, Sara Nunnally
Nothing Sacred: The Truth About Judaism, by Douglas Rushkoff
A History of Credit and Power in the Western World, by Scott B. MacDonald, Alber
t L. Gastmann