On Words: Antisemitism

Here is an excellent, concise but thorough analysis of antisemitism, from the original coining of the term through to today’s antisemitism disguised as “only” anti-Zionism from the left, and neo-Nazis on the right.

Elise Ronan often comments here on my blog. Her blog is well-worth reading too.

Read on:

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Antisemitism. It is a word that conjures up the oldest bigotry known in human history. You may even think that there is a consensus about the meaning of this word. However, you would be wrong. In fact, there is more controversy about this word today, then when it was first coined in the late 19th century. (By the way, the first sign you are an antisemite is if you decide that antisemitism means Arabs can’t be antisemites, because they like Jews are semites.)

Now if you go to the dictionary here is the definition of antisemitism:

If you want to actually break it down, this is how it would look:
Anti = hatred
Semit = Jews/Judaism (it actually had to do with the facial theories that were prevalent in Europe at the end of the 19th…

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