The honorable Deacon asked me to define antisemitism. I will first define what it is not - antisemitism is not disagreeing with the foreign policy of the state of Israel.
defined in the modern era as the visceral and irrational hatred of Jews for no other reason than that they are Jews, was the
animating force that drove an otherwise decent, industrious country - the same country that gave the world Goethe, Mozart, and Einstein, not to mention her contributions to Christian theology from Luther et. al. - to perfect the machinery of mass murder by unloading groups of several hundred Jews - men, women and children - from a cattle car, stripping them naked, shoving them all into a large underground chamber, murdering them with cyanide gas, and cremating their bodies, in forty-five minutes' time per cattle car.
Antisemitism is objectively evil not because Jews are God (a goofy idea anyway), but because its adoption as the animating attitude of one group of human beings toward another group of human beings led to horrific acts of gross evil - mass murder on a scale never before seen in human history.** That's why I've got a problem with any canon law that is even remotely antisemitic. And yes, the passage from John Chrysostom cited above is also very troubling indeed... Consider also that the Talmud says many much, much worse things about relations with Christians. I recommend Jewish History, Jewish Religion, by the late Israel Shahak. His citations from the Talmud can be checked on line, with some effort
If his citations are correct, I agree: no group gets a pass to promote evil. Jews are as morally obligated to edit their Talmud as we are to edit our canon law.
*However, it is worth noting, given that those (e.g. Hamas) who wish to wipe Israel off the map have openly professed that they love death as much as Jews love life - is it surprising that if one opposes the right of Israel to exist as a free and sovereign state, one risks being labeled - rightly or wrongly - an antisemite? Does that mean that the government of Israel is right 100% of the time? Of course not. No state is right 100% of the time, and those who support Israel's right to exist or her right to defend herself against Islamic terrorism would not argue this.
**Yes of course there were other occasions of mass murder, e.g. Armenian genocide - I do not intend to minimize other atrocities nor argue that Nazi evil was the only evil or greatest evil in history - I am merely arguing that it was the first mass evil to be systematized
- a frightening prospect.