The Corner

Anti-Jew Versus Anti-Semite

We’ve all noticed by now that when Arab Jew-haters are accused of anti-Semitism they say, “We can’t be anti-Semitic! We’re Semites too!” Of course, “anti-Semite” has, over the years, come to mean “anti-Jew,” but technically they are right. Hence they hide behind a linguistic quibble rather than address the fact that they really do hate Jews.

What’s funny about this is that the anti-Jewish Arab press and the intellectuals who appear in it, constantly call Israel “ “racist.” Zionism = racism etc. etc. Well, how does that work? If Arabs can’t be anti-Semitic because they’re Semites, how can Israelis be racist against Arabs if they’re members of the same race? (Never mind that Israel is about as racially diverse as a nation can get). I know it’s dumb to get caught up in these things, but I thought I’d get it off my chest.

Jonah Goldberg — Jonah Goldberg holds the Asness Chair in Applied Liberty at the American Enterprise Institute and is a senior editor of National Review. His new book, The Suicide of The West, is on sale now. @jonahnro

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