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Submitted by Duncan (Canada), Jan 15, 2009 at 21:50

His use of the Merchant of Venice to show Shakespeare was antisemetic is simply foolish. He has obviously either misunderstood the play or more probably never read it. Shylock's speech is perhaps the most famous anti-racist statement in the english language. (Act 3 Scene 1) "I am a Jew. Hath not a Jew eyes? Hath not a Jew hands, organs, dimensions, senses, affections, passion, fed with the same food, hurt with the same weapons, subject to the same diseases, healed by the same means, warmed and cooled by the same winter and summer, as a Christian is. If you prick us, do we not bleed? If you tickle us, do we not laugh? If you poison us, do we not die? If we are like you in the rest, we will resemble you in that. If a Jew wrong a Christian, what is his humility? Revenge etc.

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