What is antisemitism?

July 7th, 2019

Ex-PM, Gordon Brown, is due to give a speech in an hour at Hampstead synagogue in which he will call for all antisemites to be immediately expelled from the Labour Party, pushing for the policy to be changed at the Autumn Conference. He is also calling for an independent appeals process.⠀ ⠀ What is antisemitism? Here’s more:

Antisemitism, in simple terms, is the hatred of, or prejudice towards Jewish people. A Semite is technically someone who speaks a Semitic language - this includes Arabs, Hebrews and Assyrians among others. However, in the late 1800s when hostility was growing towards Jews in Europe, German politician and writer, Wilhelm Marr, created the term
Antisemitism, in simple terms, is the hatred of, or prejudice towards Jewish people. A Semite is technically someone who speaks a Semitic language - this includes Arabs, Hebrews and Assyrians among others. However, in the late 1800s when hostility was growing towards Jews in Europe, German politician and writer, Wilhelm Marr, created the term "anti-Semitism" to refer to Jews in order to gain political advantage. Since then, it is specifically used to mean hatred of Jews. It depends. If it is directed towards Jews as a racial group then yes. Otherwise it is a form of extreme prejudice. Antisemitism can also take the form of religious antisemitism, which is prejudice against people who practice Judaism, economic antisemitism which is the belief that Jews control the financial world and political antisemitism which is the belief that Jewish people have control of world politics. Most probably not. The Israel-Palestine conflict has spanned several decades and human rights abuses have been committed on both sides. You can be critical of Israeli policy without being antisemitic and without attributing the actions of the government to that of Jewish people in general. Be careful about the information you share online. There is currently a lot of antisemitic, specifically Nazi, propaganda circulating on the internet.

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