Definitions of anti-Semitism

 

 

 

 

 

 

Even though Semites were originally more than just Jews, the term anti-Semite is now one reserved just for the hatred of the Jewish people.  With this in mind I decided to take a look at different definitions of the term in order to see how it is perceived  and to help people honestly identify it when exposed to it.  The definition in the Urban Dictionary, in my opinion at least, covers the most ground, including the connection to the anti-Israel sentiment.

 

Wikipedia

Antisemitism (also spelled anti-semitism or anti-Semitism) is suspicion of, hatred toward, or discrimination against Jews for reasons connected to their Jewish heritage. In a 2005 U.S. governmental report, antisemitism is defined as “hatred toward Jews—individually and as a group—that can be attributed to the Jewish religion and/or ethnicity.”[1] A person who holds such views is called an “antisemite”. Antisemitism may be manifested in many ways, ranging from expressions of hatred of or discrimination against individual Jews to organized violent attacks by mobs, state police, or even military attacks on entire Jewish communities. Extreme instances of persecution include the pogroms which preceded the First Crusade in 1096, the expulsion from England in 1290, the massacres of Spanish Jews in 1391, the persecutions of the Spanish Inquisition, theexpulsion from Spain in 1492, the expulsion from Portugal in 1497, various Russianpogroms, the Dreyfus Affair, and the Final Solution by Hitler’s Germany and official Sovietanti-Jewish policies.

While the term’s etymology might suggest that antisemitism is directed against all Semitic peoples, the term was coined in the late 19th century in Germany as a more scientific-sounding term for Judenhass (“Jew-hatred”),[2] and that has been its normal use since then.

 

Merriam-Webster

Definition of ANTI-SEMITISM

Dictionary.com

an·ti-Sem·i·tism   [an-tee-sem-i-tiz-uhm, an-tahy-] Show IPA       noun

Urban Dictionary
1. Anti-Semite 428 up, 143 down
 
2. Anti-Semite 425 up, 148 down
 
3. Anti-Semite 350 up, 121 down
 
• An Anti- Semite may make mendacious, dehumanizing, demonizing, or stereotypical allegations about Jews as such or the power of Jews as collective – such as, especially but not exclusively, the myth about a world Jewish conspiracy or of Jews controlling the media, economy, government or other societal institutions. 
• An Anti-Semite may accuse Jews as a people of being responsible for real or imagined wrongdoing committed by a single Jewish person or group, or even for acts committed by non­Jews. 
• An Anti-Semite may deny the fact, scope, mechanisms (e.g. gas chambers) or intentionality of the genocide of the Jewish people at the hands of National Socialist Germany and its supporters and accomplices during World War II (the Holocaust). 
•An Anti-Semite may accuse the Jews as a people, or Israel as a state, of inventing or exaggerating the Holocaust. 
•An Anti-Semite may accuse Jewish citizens of being more loyal to Israel, or to the alleged priorities of Jews worldwide, than to the interests of their own nations. 
•An Anti-Semite may use the symbols and images associated with classic antisemitism (e.g., claims of Jews killing Jesus or blood libel) to characterize Israel or Israelis. 
•An Anti-Semite may hold Jews collectively responsible for actions of the state of Israel.

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