Anti-Semitism

Anti-Semitism (or antisemitism) is hostility toward – or discrimination against – Jews as a religious, ethnic, or racial group.

The Columbia Encyclopedia describes anti-Semitism as a “form of prejudice against Jews, ranging from antipathy to violent hatred.”

Bernie M. Farber, a social activist and the former chief executive officer of the Canadian Jewish Congress, explains: What is Semitism?

The Anti-Defamation League (ADL) has documented that “1.09 billion people in the world today harbor anti-Semitic attitudes.”

The opposite of anti-semitism is Philo-Semitism (or philosemitism) – an interest in or respect for the Jewish people, and the historical significance of Jewish culture.

Note: the publishers of Apologetics Index have a deep love and respect for the Jewish people. We consider any form of anti-Semitism to be not only misguided and unreasonable, but also hateful.

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