(JTA) – The New York Times has updated its style guide and now prefers to use the spelling “anti-Semitism” over “anti-Semitism”.
The change was made in August but was not announced publicly at the time. Jewish insider reported the change on Tuesday.
The spelling of the term has been discussed for years. One of the loudest voices for omitting the hyphen was Deborah Lipstadt, the historian recently nominated by the Biden Administration as Foreign Ministry Envoy for Anti-Semitism. Lipstadt has argued that keeping the hyphen and the capital letter “S” implies the existence of a racial category called “Semite” that obscures the actual hatred of Jews. The International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance and the Anti-Defamation League also support the version without hyphens.
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Earlier this year, the Associated Press updated its style guide, used by media outlets around the world, including this one, to incorporate the hyphenated version of the word. The Jewish Telegraphic Agency followed suit and The Times accepted the change in August, which they announced in a memo to the newspaper’s editors.
“We’ll remove the hyphen and lowercase the S, which is now The Associated Press style and preferred by many academics and other experts. Those advocating anti-Semitism argue that the hyphenated form with the capital letter S may inadvertently add credibility to the discredited notion of Jews as a separate race, ”the memo reads.