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Subject:  Re: Paul Has Been Suspended Date:  11/1/2004  1:19 PM
Author:  ghdude Number:  628081 of 2304549

Argue with them:

Anti-Semitism \An`ti-Sem"i*tism\, n. Opposition to, or hatred of, Semites, esp. Jews. -- An`ti-Sem\"ite, n. -- An`ti-Sem*it\"ic, a.

Source: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary, © 1996, 1998 MICRA, Inc.

It can including all Semites.


Again, it's a semantic thing but semitic refers to the descendents of Shem. If you are referring to the Biblical connection, then I suppose you are correct. But there isn't a whole lot of people who believe that's literally what happened. When the phrase was coined it was used specifically in reference to Jews. Today it still is intended to refer to Jews. Why would 19th century Europeans care at all about Palestinians and Arabs to come up with the phrase for them or in reference to them.

Anti-Semitism, political, social, and economic agitation and activities directed against Jews. The term is now used to denote speech and behavior that is derogatory to people of Jewish origin, whether or not they are religious. The word Semitic originally was applied to all descendants of Shem, the eldest son of the biblical patriarch Noah. In later usage, it refers to a group of peoples of southwestern Asia, including both Jews and Arabs. The word anti-Semitism was coined about 1879 to denote hostility toward Jews only.


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