Anti-Semitism is hostility toward - or discrimination against - Jews as a religious or racial group.
The Columbia Encyclopedia describes anti-Semitism as a "form of prejudice against Jews, ranging from antipathy to violent hatred."
"The immediate object of the League is to stop, by appeals to reason and conscience and, if necessary, by appeals to law, the defamation of the Jewish people. Its ultimate purpose is to secure justice and fair treatment to all citizens alike and to put an end forever to unjust and unfair discrimination against and ridicule of any sect or body of citizens." (ADL Charter, October 1913).
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