To be “semitic” means that one belongs to the peoples who are descendants from Sam (Shem), son of Noah from the Old Testament (Torah). The place of residence of the Semitic peoples is the middle east; our languages are Acadian, Aramaic, Amharic, Arabic, Hebrew. All Arab nations are included among the Semitic peoples. According to biblical lore, we have dark skin because Sam had dark skin. Noah of the Old Testament of the Bible (Torah) is revered as a Prophet in Islam. The Hebrews eventually left the area which became a province of the Roman Empire of their own volition.
The few descendants of the original jews are those who today are known as Sephardic and Mizrahi Jews, who established themselves mainly around the Mediterranean and in the Arabic countries, respectively. These two groups are the only Jews who can be called “Semitic” in any sense of the word. The main line of today’s Jews are the Ashkenazim, who represent about 95% of the Jews of our days. The word “Ashkenazi” means “German Jew” in Yiddish and it denotes European Jews in general. Within the tradition of the Old Testament, the Ashkenazim are not descendants of Sam, but are of the lineage of his brother Japheth, the son of Noah who is the forefather of the peoples of white and yellow skin.
In worldly terms they are descendant of the Khazars, a Turkic nation which resided in the region which is known today as the Caucasus, and which converted to Judaism in about the year 800, hundreds or even thousands of years after the events described the Torah. The Khazars eventually migrated West and mingled with the other European peoples; they became the jews of Europe, the Ashkenazim, who resided mainly in Russia, Poland, Germany and the countries of the former Austro-Hungarian empire, and more recently in North and South America with concentrations in the USA, Canada, Chile and Argentina, and in Australia.
The adjective “Semitic” and the term “anti-Semitic” were first used in relation to (European) Jews in the 1870s in Germany, probably out of ignorance, in literature derogatory to Jews. The incipient zionist movement of the time, conscious that they lacked a legitimate claim to the “holy land”, kept this label in order to contrive a Semitic identity and so imply a fraudulent “right of return” to Palestine. Books which go into more detail about the history of Jews are “The Thirteenth Tribe” by Arthur Köstler and “The Invention of the Jewish People” by Shlomo Sand. The book “The Controversy of Zion” by Douglas Reed is also highly recommended. You can buy the first two books at Amazon.
The people who screech the meaningless slogan of “anti-Semitism” do so because they either have something to gain from using this meaningless pejorative term, or because they do not understand who is a Semite and who is not, and because they are ultimately misled by zionist propaganda.
As a woman who belongs to the Semitic People of the Palestinians I denounce the abuse of our good name, and I forgive anybody who has been called an “anti-Semite”.