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Max Planck Encyclopedia of Public International Law [MPEPIL]

Anti-Semitism

Robbie Sabel

From: Oxford Public International Law (http://opil.ouplaw.com). (c) Oxford University Press, 2023. All Rights Reserved.date: 13 July 2024

Subject(s):
Self-determination — Race — Minorities — Ethnicity

Published under the auspices of the Max Planck Institute for Comparative Public Law and International Law under the direction of Professor Anne Peters (2021–) and Professor Rüdiger Wolfrum (2004–2020). 

1 Anti-Semitism is a form of hatred directed at Jews and the Jewish people. The dissemination of the term anti-Semitism is usually ascribed to a self-declared anti-Semite, the German writer and politician Wilhelm Marr, who used the term in 1879 to describe hatred of Jews based on so-called ‘scientific racial nationalist’ grounds rather than on religious grounds. Theoretically the term anti-Semitism could refer to hatred of all Semitic people but its usage has been restricted to hatred of the Jewish people; hence, many writers spell the words as antisemitism,...
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