BERLIN (AP) — The leading dictionary of standard German has changed its definition of Jew, or “Jude” in German, after a recent update caused an uproar in the country’s Jewish community
The Duden dictionary had recently added an explanation to its online edition saying that “occasionally, the term Jew is perceived as discriminatory because of the memory of the National Socialist use of language. In these cases, formulations such as Jewish people, Jewish fellow citizens or people of the Jewish faith are usually chosen.”
This explanation led to an outcry from leading Jewish groups and individuals who stressed that identifying themselves or being called Jews is not discriminatory, in contrast to what Duden’s definition implied.
The head of the Central Council of Jews in Germany, Joseph Schuster, said last week that for him the word “Jew” is neither a swear word nor discriminatory.
“Even if ‘Jew’ is used pejoratively in schoolyards or only hesitantly by some people, and the Duden editors are certainly well-meaning in pointing out this context, everything should be done to avoid solidifying the term as discriminatory,” Schuster said.
The executive director of the Central Council of Jews, Daniel Botmann, wrote on Twitter “Is it okay to say Jew? Yes! Please don’t say ‘Jewish fellow citizens’ or ‘people of the Jewish faith’. Just JEWS. Thank you!”
The publisher of Duden reacted to the criticism and updated its definition again Monday to reflect the Jewish community’s input.
Does this mean Jews will now definitively stop calling anti-Jewishness “anti-Semitism”, since they supposedly have no problem with being identified as Jews? Not a chance; literally in the very next paragraph:
“Because of their antisemitic use in history and in the present, especially during the Nazi era, the words Jew/Jewess have been debated … for decades,” the entry on the dictionary’s website now says. “At the same time, the words are widely used as a matter of course and are not perceived as problematic. The Central Council of Jews in Germany, which has the term itself in its name, is in favor of its use.”
In short, so long as the context is positive/neutral, they are Jews, but as soon as the context is negative, they are suddenly “Semites” (even if they are not actual Semites). Which is exactly as I was saying here:
Why is it always “proudly Jewish” (never “proudly Semitic”), but then always “anti-Semitic” (never “anti-Jewish”)? What is going on with this switching of self-identifier depending on context? Specifically, why do Jews self-identify as Jews when taking credit, but as “Semites” (not even the narrower “Hebrews” who are at least overwhelmingly Jewish (Hebrew being the official language of Israel), but the much broader “Semites” among whom Jews are a small minority) when complaining about being attacked (including, absurdly, when the attackers are Semites)?
Anyway, I will definitely not be saying “Jewish fellow citizens” because Jews (like all tribalists) should not be allowed to be citizens of any country, as tribalists who are trusted with citizenship will sooner or later end up acquiring and then retaining exclusively for their fellow tribe members all the positions of statal power. This has been proven computationally:
Nor will I be saying “people of the Jewish faith” because Jewishness is ultimately about bloodline. Atheist Jews are still Jews. In fact, atheist Jews still worship Yahweh:
As for “Jewish people”, it is unwieldy. I recommend the old term “Jewry” instead when referring to Jews as a collective.
Amazingly, Jews constantly try to call Hitler’s anti-Jewishness “anti-Semitism”, but not once have they ever tried to call Hitler’s anti-Jewishness “anti-Turanism” even though that would be a far more accurate description of Hitler’s attitude:
Why not? The simple answer is that anti-Turanism, just like anti-Jewishness, is in fact an ethical duty as part of anti-racism:
And of course Jews do not want us to remember that they themselves are in fact Turanians:
After Israel, the top countries in terms of significant Ashkenazi Jewish ethnicity were Hungary and Russia