William Shakespeare called Jews "IEWEs" over 400 years ago. In his first printing of his work entitled "The Merchant of Venice" published 1600 CE, he said, "[I]n converting IEWES to Christians, you raise the price of pork". He also named a main character Shylock the Jew, "Shylocke the IEWE". Shakespeare spoke Early Modern English. The letter W in Modern, Middle and Old English was said as [ooh]. This is exactly the same sound as the Ancient Hebrew letter named UU [ooh-ooh] (aka vav). IEWE is a shortened version (with the DaL [aka daleth] missing), of the tribal name IEUDE (aka Judah). Many English words end in the letter E, but this is not the only reason why there is an E at the end of IEW. Many Ancient Hebrew words had E at the end too, including IEUDE. Thus English is an ISHaRaALite (Israelite), OBaRI (Hebrew) and SHaMitic (Semitic) language.
The images below are facsimiles in photo-lithography of pages from Shakespere's Merchant of Venice: the First Quarto, 1600. They show the words for Jew (IEWE) and Jews (IEWEs). To view the entire quarto see http://www.archive.org/stream/shaksperesmerch00griggoog#page/n50/mo...
Detail of illustration showing Shylock. From Samuel Weller Singer's The Dramatic Works of William Shakespeare, vol. III1826.
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