What is it, Philosemitism?
There have been several diverse, sometimes even contradictory and negative definitions of “Philosemitism”. Among our accepted sources are several encyclopedic definitions and Wikipedia’s simple and sober one.
But we cultivate and use consequently our own redefined interpretation, we call sometimes ‘co-existential philosemitism’ too, stating that:
all aspects of good coexistence, mutual respect and interest, open communication and useful cooperation
between non-Jews and Jews – past, present, future –
are, actually, Philosemitism.
Of course we do not overlook the Holocaust or deny the existence of Antisemitism; we do not say that Philosemitism is the ruling sentiment anywhere; what we do say is that, we should keep in mind and foster in the right proportions the good sides of coexistence too, because they are also true, and they are the hope.
One of the two opening essays by Endre MOZES in the Hungarian book “Who likes the Jews? The Hungarian Philosemitism” is about this definition-interpretation. It is going to be translated to English too and presented here later.