Anti-semitic, anti-immigrant

Katha Pollitt kpollitt at
Fri Nov 19 16:16:31 PST 1999

I believe "Philistine" as a pejorative comes from Matthew Arnold, not the bible or Jewish tradition. Arnold used it to mean a bourgeois person who is uncultured and happy to be so. It is not an ethnic slur that would be addressed to a Palestinian person, as "n-word" would be addressed to a black person, of "kike" to a Jew.


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