Re: Why memeoids?

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    >From: Jeremy Bradley <>
    >Subject: Re: Why memeoids?
    >Date: Fri, 01 Mar 2002 16:21:48 +1100
    >At 10:46 PM 28/02/02 -0500, you wrote:
    > >BTW I have read some issues of the _Washington Report on Middle East
    > >Affairs_ and can find a degree of sympathy for the Palestinians. Probably
    > >not enough to please you though.
    > >
    >Hi Scott
    >At least we are still communicating. I want to make myself clear on this
    >matter. I am not pro or anti any nation or race (yep not even USAnia!!) but
    >I abhor thieving, lying, selfish hypocrites whether they are individuals or
    >nations. I admit to my pedantry on the meanings of words and was aware of
    >the modern connotation of the term 'anti-Semitic'. I do however find it
    >amusing when used, as you did, to indicate that pro-Arab is anti-Semitic.
    >Tell us more about the Washington Report on Middle East Affairs. Who is the
    >author, who publishes it, is it on-line. You should know that propagandists
    >are active and full of self-interest in this area.


    I checked the Compact OED and the anti-Semitism definition specifies Jews.
    According to Richard Lerner's _Final Solutions_ (1992. Pennsylvania State
    University Press, University Park, Pennsylvania, p. 27) , the term
    originated in Germany as "Antisemitismus" in 1879. The first entry
    pertaining to word usage in the OED is 1881 and refers to Anti-Semitic
    literature in Germany. Interestingly one OED entry is Julian Huxley's use of
    the term anti-Semitism in his _Uniqueness of Man_ (1941).

    _The Complete Idiots Guide to Middle East Conflict_ (Mitchell Bard. 1999.
    Alpha Books, Indianapolis, Indiana) gives the date of 1879 and says (p 53)
    "anti-Semitism refers specifically to Jew-hatred".

    I can see how if one wanted to get technical about Jews and Arabs being
    Semites in the general sense of the word, but the word anti-Semitism evolved
    apparently within a certain narrow context. Technically, one who is
    anti-Arab could probably be considered an anti-Semite.

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