"Final Dawn Over Jerusalem", written by pastor John Hagee, was given to me a few years ago and now that I've gotten around to reading it, I'm glad I did.
The first chapter begins with the June 7, 1981 Israeli bombing on Iraq's $260 million nuclear reactor and all its technical equipment, thwarting Saddam Hussein's ability to build an atomic bomb. Because this was a decade before Hussein's attack on Kuwait, many could not understand the need for this defensive tactic and Prime Minister Menachem Begin was therefore looked upon as being too aggressive. Pastor John Hagee organized a massive public demonstration in support of Israel (now an ongoing annual event called, "A Night To Honor Israel") in spite of threats to his life, while asking, "Why is the world so quick to turn against Israel? Why has Christianity persecuted the Jews for 2,000 years? How logical is it for Christians to praise dead Jews of the past - Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, David, Jesus, and Paul - while cursing the Jewish people of the present?" - questions he attempts to answer within this book.
Written from a religious viewpoint with biblical citations, I found it to be interesting in fact of customs, historical knowledge, research and explanation. If you have never before read one of the many books about the horrors of the Holocaust or other accounts of Jewish persecution that took place around the world, this book's summary in the chapter called, "The Crucifixion of The Jews", might be a shocking one - but also enlightening of the degree and time frame of such persecutions and deliberate murder of more than six million Jews.
Under the subtitle, "Malicious Myths About Jewish People", we find some of them are ignorance and fear (based upon ignorance). Other reasons for prejudice is jealousy and the drive to confiscate property which happened time and time again, until Israel was reborn in 1943 (although the threat of losing land is still a continuing one) - a once barren desert now blooming in fertility and production. Another disturbing reason the Jews have been the most persecuted of people is religious motivation of the Christian of every era (now Islam joins the fray) mostly due to the belief that the Jews killed Jesus.
In "Final Dawn Over Jerusalem" logical explanation is given in order to disprove this assumption. For instance, Herod was Roman and not Jewish. Had Jesus been put to death by Jews, it would have been via stoning, not crucifixion which was the Roman way. (No wonder Christians and Jews see the cross in different ways.) Even the mob scene was an orchestrated plot by Ciaphas (also a Roman and second in command to Herod) and consisted of Pharisees - religious separatists who made up only 1% of the Jewish population at that time, albeit very powerful and influential. Judas was not an ethnic Jew and some believe he was probably a spy for Herod from the beginning of his time with Jesus.
Although I have learned much from "Final Dawn Over Jerusalem", and it went a long way in explaining the constant thriving conditions of anti-Semitism within the hearts of some, I still have found no answers to the questions first asked, unless to accept the postulation of John Hagee and others: "Anti-Semitism is a demonic spirit from the bowels of hell."