While your article does correctly point out that a simplistic reading of history is misguided, it ought perhaps also to include the fact that Jews were a far easier target than many others who permeated Europe, because of their religious stricture against marrying non-Jews. Thus while other groups assimilated over time, the Jewish communities across Europe remained distinct and somewhat hermetically sealed. Inevitably this made them easy targets for popular, as well as official, discontent.

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