Does Anti-Semitism mean discrimination against Jews?
YES. The definition and intended meaning of Anti-Semitism
is discrimination against Jews. The term SPECIFICALLY refers to
discrimination against Jews and does not apply to any other
religion, ethnic group, or racial group.
Are Arabs Counted Debate:
There is a minority of people who wish to confuse the term with
its linguistic origins. Semites are people of the Middle East
including both Jews and Arabs. Therefore, these individuals will
use their modified definition of Anti-Semitism to claim that Arabs
cannot be Anti-Semitic since they are Semites.
This fails on three counts.
- When the term was coined in 19th century Germany, it was
specifically being applied to hatred of Jews. The first openly
Anti-Semitic writers had nothing to say about Arabs and were openly
disparaging about Jews. Anti-Semites continue to hold these views
as well. The term has not expanded nor have the mainstream of
academics viewed such an expansion proper.
- Just because a person is of a group, does not mean that the
individual cannot be self-hating. There have been Whites who were
ashamed of their racial history and written quite strongly against
their own race. This is aside from the fact that they are a part of
this group. Many religious groups have excommunicated or chastised
members of their supposed faith for particular views that they
disagree with, but this does not remove the religiosity of those
individuals because of such criticism.
- This fails to acknowledge that Jews and Arabs (even in the
Middle East prior to Zionism) saw each other as separate groups and
there was negative sentiment between them. No one makes the absurd
assumption that Koreans and Chinese cannot be Anti-Japanese since
they are both East Asian Races.