Paul Bennett wrote: > On Sun, 11 Apr 2004 22:31:49 +0200, Andreas Johansson <[log in to unmask]> > wrote: > >> Quoting Paul Bennett <[log in to unmask]>: >> >>> On Sun, 11 Apr 2004 14:35:05 -0400, John Cowan <[log in to unmask]> wrote: >>> >>> > For this reason, some people (including me) use the spelling >>> > "Antisemitism" >>> > in English as well, to indicate that it is an indecomposable term: >>> there >>> > is after all no "pro-Semitism" to which it could be opposed as a >>> coherent >>> > philosophy, though the term "philo-Semitism" is occasionally found >>> > meaning simply "person who likes Jews as a group". >>> >>> Beg to differ. There are people (this is not the whole Jewish >>> population, >>> nor is it an exclusively Jewish group) who believe almost fanatically >>> that >>> the Jewish state has done no wrong, can do no wrong and will never do >>> wrong. I'd call them pro-Semites, without hesitating. >> >> >> I'd call them "pro-Israelis", rather. > > > Probably, but in the context of a discussion where the word > "anti-Semitism" was being used in it's modern narrow sense, I wouldn't > hesitate to use "pro-Semitism" to identify the polar opposite set of > opinions. See, I don't see that there is a modern narrow sense. Sometimes people who disagree with the policies of Israel are called anti-semites, but that is rarely what the term is defined to mean - rather, it is a broad brushstroke at attempting to discredit the opponents.