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Anti-Semitism expresses what it is taken to mean. This holds good for the present and certainly for the ancient world. The word suggests a racial distinction which is disputable. The coupling of intellectual to physical characteristics results in the postulation of all sorts of dilettantish contentions bereft of any scholastic foundation whatsoever and worth little or no serious consideration, were it not that they have already contributed to those explosions of destructive madness which have cost the lives of millions. The term Semites encompasses, moreover, other peoples as well as the Jews. It is not surprising, therefore, that the grand mufti of Jerusalem once complained to Alfred Rosenberg about the use of the term anti-Semitism, because he considered it towards some Semites. The objection to the use of this term applies to the ancient world. Babylonians and Arabs are just as Semitic as the Jews.

Keywords: ancient world; anti-semitism; Arabs; Babylonians; Jerusalem; Jews

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