Jerry, zieg..! check this out on anti-semitism... rocky too!
Words can and do mirror popular and perceived public opinion - and mainstream opinion bodes ill for any criticism of Israel's policies, which popularly equates to "anti-semitism" alleged by malefactors like the JDL/Kahanist poster Rocky.
The term "anti-semitic" is a misnomer in that its modern application is associated with identifying someone who "exhibits hostility towards Jews as a religious, ethnic or racial group" but the term is contradictory and prejudicial in that it excludes every other member of the Semitic racial-ethnic group except Ashkenazim (Khazar) and Sephardi Jews.
The very same modern dictionary which defines "anti-Semitism" clearly identifies "Semites" as "a member of any of a number of peoples of ancient southwestern Asia including the Akkadians, Phoenicians, Hebrews and Arabs." (Khazar is not Semitic.)
Despite being Semitic peoples themselves, Arabs are frequently branded anti-Semites, as are the modern day descendents of the Phoenicians [Lebanese] when it comes to identifying negative prejudice towards jews.
In 2004 David Rieff of the New York Times asserted that the "Sharon government claims Arafat is an anti-Semite" which is like saying that an Anglo-Saxon British subject is an Anglophobe.
The fact that Yasser Arafat, the former leader of the PLO, can be labeled as anti-Semitic in America's largest and most influential newspaper (despite the fact that Rieff and the Times editors themselves were well aware of Arafat's Semitic pedigree) characterizes the mis-application of the anti-semitic label.
Indeed Noam Chomsky and Seymour Hersh - both Jews - have been branded anti-Semitic (Hersh by the US Pentagon) in an extraordinary twist of perception which challenges the very nature of reality itself.
The purpose of delving into the application of the word "anti-Semitism" is solely to provide a clearly stated definition of the term's true meaning, and how its meaning has become distorted to the point of excluding an entire racial group, to whom the term should apply. Of course this has everything to do with the significance of the word itself, and the weight it carries politically, socially, and emotionally.
Essentially the question is, should the term "anti-Semitism" continue to be associated with self-proclaimed Jews exclusively, or should it be discarded as meaningless, in that Arabs too are in fact Semites and therefore cannot truly be categorized as anti-Semites?
Unfortunately, "anti-semitic" phobia in the former USA has halted all meaningful debate on the real core issues of US intervention in the Middle East, namely the Israeli-Palestinian conflict - a continuing crisis which guarantees that no solution will be found for the region's problems, and guarantees that the death, destruction and hatred there will continue to escalate.