from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Hostility toward or prejudice against Jews or Judaism.
- n. Discrimination against Jews.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. Prejudice, discrimination or hostility directed against Jews; anti-Jewism (anti-Jewishness).
- n. Prejudice, discrimination or hostility directed against any other Semitic people (ancient or modern), such as Samaritans, Palestinians, Arabs or Assyrians; anti-Samaritanism, anti-Palestinianism, anti-Arabism, anti-Assyrianism.
Consider Wilhelm Marr, the German journalist, who coined in 1879 the term anti-Semitism.
The term anti-Semitism derives from the late nineteenth century, and research into ancient anti-Judaic sentiment dates from the same period.
The term anti-Semitism had not been coined yet, so it is best to call it what it was: raw and implacable Jew hatred.
It is not the result of the wickedness or follies of the Gentiles which we call anti-Semitism.
134 Wilhelm Marr, the inventor of the word anti-Semitism, agreed.
Someone might point out to Krauthammer that a charge of anti-Semitism, that is as thinly disguised as it is baseless, is a scurrilous slur, not an argument.
Etgar Lefkovits, “Obama fails to name anti-Semitism envoy,” Jerusalem Post, July 30, 2009.
One non-Jewish author, Hermann Bahr, called anti-Semitism “a new madness.”
He put civil rights on the agenda in a state with a long history of bigotry and anti-Semitism.
Film historian Neal Gabler, author of An Empire of Their Own: How the Jews Invented Hollywood, has described the anti-Semitism of Hollywood Jews in the 1930s in terms of a cultural holocaust: “Above all things, they wanted to be regarded as Americans, not Jews; they wanted to reinvent themselves here as new men.”
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