One of Britain’s leading Holocaust educators has suggested dropping the use of “antisemitism” because students do not understand what it means.
Dame Helen Hyde, a trustee of the National Holocaust Centre and Museum and a vice-president of the Jewish Leadership Council, instead advocated using the phrase “anti-Jewish racism”.
“Even when I talk to students at university, they don’t know what antisemitism is,” she said at a panel discussion on Holocaust education at the JW3 in London on Tuesday evening.
Pointing out that in most state schools there were no Jews, she said, “I was in three schools this week… When I used the word anti-Jewish racism, they understood.”
A JC poll last week found that fewer than half of adults in Britain, 47 per cent, understood what “antisemitism” referred to.
More than half of those aged 18 to 24 when asked to identify antisemitism, said they “don’t know”.
Of course they don’t know what it means. I don’t know what it means either. It was always a nonsense term. For one thing, those accused of being “anti-Semites” are very often Semites:
Being anti-Jewish, on the other hand, is self-explanatory. So I agree 100% that “anti-Jewish” should replace “anti-Semitic” in all usage.
Once that is done, all we have to do is point out that there is no such thing as “anti-Jewish racism”. Anti-Jewishness is anti-racism, because Jewishness is racism. We did not invent Jewishness and impose it upon Jews to mark them as the outgroup; Judaism invented Jewishness to mark non-Jews as the outgroup. Those who understand this trivial logic for “whiteness” (invented by Western civilization to mark “non-whites” as the outgroup) have no excuse not to understand it for Jewishness.
Or if you insist on the For Dummies version commonly displayed on campus noticeboards nowadays: