Shetar

AZL flag holder TransparentThe Shetar is a weapon of socio-economic power that tore apart the fabric of English feudal society and established the current cycle of debt and control of liquid wealth in place of land holding. Before the Law of the Jews became the Law of the Land the obligation of knight service under Anglo-Saxon law barred a land transfer that would have imposed a new tenant (and therefore a different knight owing service) upon the lord. Personal feudal loyalties also forbade the attachment of land in satisfaction of debt; only the debtor’s chattels could be seized. These rules kept feudal obligations intact and assured that the lord would continue to be served by his own knights. However, in Jewish law debts against ethnic Europeans can be recovered against a loan secured on “all property, movable and immovable”. Stealthily manipulated into the English legal system, the written credit agreement – shetar, or starr, as it appears in English documents is basically a lien on all property (including realty) that has been traced as a source of the modern mortgage. Under Jewish law, the shetar permits a creditor (the Jew) to proceed against all the goods and land of the defaulting debtor (European).

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