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    What's the first thought that comes into your mind when you hear this term?

    I'm a little bit confused. Arabs are also considered Semites so does this term also apply to them if they've been victims of racism? Or just strictly referring to the hatred of Jews alone?

    P.S. as always,post in a civilised manner. No hatred towards Jews or Arabs or inciting hatred in general.
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    Antisemitism is explicitly racism against jews
    Semites may mean arabs technically but when antisemitism is used it is exclusively applied to discimination against jews.
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    Antisemitism = prejudice against Jews
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    The first thing that comes to my head is ignorant racist people - the antisemites that is.
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    Actually most Jews aren't even Semites, though the word antisemitism is used exclusively for anti-Jewish prejudice.
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    (Original post by Hashim123)
    Why?
    I don't know why. It is what people use the term for. I have never heard it being used as anything other than to describe prejudice towards Jews.
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    The terms is silly. Like all other insults used to end arguments. I never use it.
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    First thing? Kristallnacht.
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    (Original post by queen-bee)
    What's the first thought that comes into your mind when you hear this term?

    I'm a little bit confused. Arabs are also considered Semites so does this term also apply to them if they've been victims of racism? Or just strictly referring to the hatred of Jews alone?

    P.S. as always,post in a civilised manner. No hatred towards Jews or Arabs or inciting hatred in general.
    My first thought is people who dislike Jews in Europe due to their disproportionate influence in politics.

    Anti-Semites for me specifically implies Jewish people. That is what most people would define it as I would imagine.
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    (Original post by queen-bee)
    What's the first thought that comes into your mind when you hear this term?

    I'm a little bit confused. Arabs are also considered Semites so does this term also apply to them if they've been victims of racism? Or just strictly referring to the hatred of Jews alone?

    P.S. as always,post in a civilised manner. No hatred towards Jews or Arabs or inciting hatred in general.
    Like most terms it has developed a specific meaning over time that most people accept.

    Just like Islamophobia covers a phobia/dislike of Muslims as people as well as the doctrine of Islam, whereas if you look at the term from a literal standpoint it should technically only encompass a phobia of Islam as an ideology.
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    In my country there is problem, and that problem is the jew.........
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    If you don't trust Wikipedia, any dictionary will say the same thing; it's strictly against Jews
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    Jealousy?
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    (Original post by queen-bee)
    I'm a little bit confused. Arabs are also considered Semites so does this term also apply to them if they've been victims of racism? Or just strictly referring to the hatred of Jews alone?
    If you ever get confused on what a word means I suggest you use a dictionary next time.
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    I am assuming anti-Semitism is used rather than anti-Jewish because technically Judaism is a religion. Nazis were interested in breaking Jews as a race as their kinship ties were held to maintain them as powerful bankers etc etc.

    Then there is anti-Zionist which just means being against a Jewish (re)settler state.

    All in all anti-Semitic expresses hatred for Jews as an ethnic/kinship group.

    The fact that Arabs are also Semitic peoples is merely a part of the equation that I assume was not considered when anti-Semitic gained currency.

    As Islam is a proselytising religion if you want to break its power it is best to set yourself against the religion, racialism is less relevant than it is with Jews. Hence we call those who hate them Islamophobes, not Arabophobes.
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    (Original post by Evening)
    In my country there is problem, and that problem is the jew.........
    And what country would that be?
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    (Original post by i<3milkshake)
    My first thought is people who dislike Jews in Europe due to their disproportionate influence in politics.

    Anti-Semites for me specifically implies Jewish people. That is what most people would define it as I would imagine.
    If that is the reason, then how come anti-Semitism existed in places where Jews were extremely poor and had no involvement in politics or educated society? Anti-Semitism does not have a cause or reason. It has existed regardless of how powerful the Jews were in each society. It is purely ignorance and scapegoating.
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    (Original post by simbasdragon)
    If that is the reason, then how come anti-Semitism existed in places where Jews were extremely poor and had no involvement in politics or educated society? Anti-Semitism does not have a cause or reason. It has existed regardless of how powerful the Jews were in each society. It is purely ignorance and scapegoating.
    The question was;

    "What's the first thought that comes into your mind when you hear this term?"

    My answer was as above-I think of that. That is the reason I think many hold anti-semitic views in the West. Along with the Jews are greedy and Jews are out for their own kind and that is all I think these are the most common reasons people are anti-semitic today.

    Since you dispute that though by all means tell me what reasons people give for it.
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    (Original post by Evening)
    In my country there is problem, and that problem is the jew.........
    Which country is this and what problems do they cause?
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    (Original post by i<3milkshake)
    The question was;

    "What's the first thought that comes into your mind when you hear this term?"

    My answer was as above-I think of that. That is the reason I think many hold anti-semitic views in the West. Along with the Jews are greedy and Jews are out for their own kind and that is all I think these are the most common reasons people are anti-semitic today.

    Since you dispute that though by all means tell me what reasons people give for it.
    I agree that this is what many have been brought up to believe, despite the stereotypes being obviously unfounded. Yet, I challenged you as you seemed to justify anti-Semitism with your statements. Please correct me if that is not the case.
 
 
 
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