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Subject:  Re: Paul Has Been Suspended Date:  11/1/2004  12:42 PM
Author:  ghdude Number:  628038 of 2338020

Paul doesn't like Palestinians??

The word anti-semitism specifically refers to Jews. It was first coined in 19th century Europe by some agitators who felt that Jews were the source of all their problems. At the time, there wasn't a significant Arab population in Europe at all.

Further, it's really a mistake to say that Arabs in general are semitic people. This assumption is based on the fact that Arabic and Hebrew share some very close linguistic similarities. Due to this and some Biblical references, some thought early on that Jews and Arabs were directly related.

What I think is really interesting though is that some studies have been done and apparently Palestinians and Jews are very closely related genetically.

It's a semantic thing I suppose.

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