I keep thinking about this, but someone actually said Jews should stop using the word antisemitism and start using alternatives like “Judeophobia” or “anti-Jewish”. The thing is, those words only refer to a religious hatred.
Antisemitism is never just a religious hatred, it is also an ethnic hatred. An ethnoreligious hatred. The word antisemitism captures that ethnoreligious hatred. That’s what it was created for — to persecute Jews on a level deeper than religion.
I can’t think of another word that would cover both a religious and ethnic hatred. And even if I could, I’m not going to use it just because non-Jewish Arabs want to co-opt our oppression.
There is only one word that describes our oppression and that is antisemitism. It’s not changing. I’m sorry you feel left out, but you can’t just redefine a word because you feel like it.
Antisemitism referring to Jews doesn’t erase Arab identity or the fact that Arabs are Semitic. What would really be erased is the history of our oppression.