The Merriam-Webster Dictionary describes the word ‘Semite’ as defining: “a member or descendant of ancient south-western Asian people including: Akkadians, Phoenicians, Hebrews and Arabs. Accordingly, a Semite is any person whose native language is one of Semitic origin.”
Encyclopaedia Britannica informs us that the most important Semitic language, in terms of the number of speakers, is Arabic. Standard Arabic is spoken as a first language by more than 200 million people living in a broad area, stretching from the Atlantic coast of northern Africa to western Iran. Because the various Semitic-speaking peoples are so culturally different from each other, they cannot be considered as a race. Indeed, Encyclopaedia Britannica regards such use of the term as “pseudoscientific”.
So why do Israel and its pro-Zionist allies almost never use the term ‘anti-Jewish’ to describe criticism of Israel. The answer is that, just as Zionism aims to remove the Palestinian people from their land, the ideology desperately needs to foster a concept that totally removes Palestinians from the real meaning of the term Semitic. Many Zionists deny the existence of the Palestinian people and Israel is incrementally seizing more and more of their homeland.
Anti-Zionists are defending a Semitic-language speaking people’s right to live in peace, free from contemptuous foreign military occupation. Anti-Zionist Jews tell Israel: “not in our name”. So should we all!