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>From: Jeremy Bradley <email@example.com>
>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.
>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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