The quote you trotted out talks about the Emperor Justinian NOT the Emperor Constantine. Constantine was a sun worshiper that converted to Christianity because it suited his political needs. Actually the Byzantine emperors provided state funding and support to ALL religious sects in the empire up until the reign of JUSTINIAN. The emperor Justinian was the first Byzantine emperor to adopt Christianity as the sole religion of the Byzantine Empire and to actively promote the destruction of non-Christian places of worship and their replacement with Christian churches (he did this in order to re-unify the East and West Byzantine Empires under a single political and religious system). He enacted these laws against ALL non-Christian religions, not just the Jews.rory wrote:I love Nemo "the Jews left in A.D. 70" like it was a stroll, the Judaeans (and historically use this term) were defeated by the Romans and a large part of the population enslaved. And yes there was a diaspora.
Actually Judaeans were equal citizens under the law during the Roman Empire until Constantine I the first Christian emperor came to the throne. Here is a nice paragraph from Fordham University in NY (Jesuit Institution)
The real significance of Roman law for the Jew and his history is that it exerted a profound influence on subsequent Christian and even Muslim legislation. The second-class status of citizenship of the Jew, as crystallized in the Justinian code, was thus entrenched in the medieval world, and under the influence of the Church the disabilities imposed upon him received religious sanction and relegated him even to lower levels.
As for the Semites, well, you do realise that Palestinians are Semites too? Right? The state of Israel is anti-Semitic because it works actively against the needs of all Semitic people in order to benefit its political and economic elites. To be opposed to the current mode of functioning of the state of Israel is to be pro-Semitic.