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Antisemitism
Antisemitism
Learning Objectives
  • To discuss the use of the term ‘Judeophobia’
  • To present a brief summary of the history of antisemitism
  • To identify the different expressions of antisemitism
  • To explore issues relating to antisemitism in educational establishments

We pointed out at the beginning of this book (in Chapter 1) that due to the biblical origin of the word ‘antisemitism’, this word is perceived by some as applying to other groups of people in addition to Jews. This provides one reason why the term ‘Judeophobia’ is often preferred, as it is unambiguous and explicit as to whom the word is targeted at. First coined in an essay to his fellow Jews, entitled Auto-Emancipation (1882), Leon Pinsker wrote that ‘Judeophobia … is not peculiar to particular races but is common to ...

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