As I've been discussing with some Jewish friends on Facebook, I find this whole debate about whether "Anti-Semite" also means "Anti-Zionist" or whatever (both directions), too confusing. 

Because whereas I know what "Jewish" means (it's a world religion, one of several), the "Semite" meme traces to myths and various dubious shades of meaning involving genetic strains.

"Semite" has a holdover eugenics flavor, not unlike "Aryan". 

I consider myself pro Jewish and celebrate Planet Zion (so a zionist?), our Promised Land (the only one we're given, to treasure or to trash).

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In the context of the word "antisemite," yes, it definitely is a synonym for Jewish. My understanding is that the word "antisemitic" was coined by the Nazis to describe themselves.

Thanks for jumping in Mackenzie. I can see where the word "anti-semite" would appeal to Nazis, as they were all about racial theories ("Aryans") and "semite" as a concept seems mixed up with genetics.

I prefer to focus on languages versus dna. Some languages are semitic and some people speak and/or study semitic languages.

If there were no possibility of a Jew not also being semitic, and vice versa, that would argue for these being synonyms.  Dictionary definitions and common usage (which a dictionary is supposed to reflect) enter into these debates about semantics.

Within the Jewish community, a lot of intelligent debate goes on around the terms "semite" and "anti-semite".
https://www.tikkun.org/who-gets-to-define-anti-semitism

"We’d replace such terms with simple concepts that express clear and distinct meanings: Concepts such as anti-Jewish, anti-Arab, and anti-Islam come to mind. Of course, we have no illusions: Our wish will not be granted. "

I'm glad these debates are going on and I am choosing to participate.


Mackenzie said:

In the context of the word "antisemite," yes, it definitely is a synonym for Jewish. My understanding is that the word "antisemitic" was coined by the Nazis to describe themselves.

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