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Kenneth R. Timmerman
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Oct 2003
Like no book before it, Preachers of Hate uncovers an ancient hatred that threatens the life and livelihood of every American. The “new” anti-Semitism targets not only Jews, but Americans specifically and the West in general. It targets our values, our lifestyle, and our freedoms. It is the single most important issue we face when trying to make sense of the Arab world.

Most Americans will be stunned to discover the depth and extent of anti-Semitic hatred in today’s Middle East and Europe, and that many Muslim leaders are not just encouraging it, but spending a great deal of money to spread the lies that spawned the terrorists responsible for the September 11 attack on America. In Preachers of Hate, bestselling author Kenneth R. Timmerman (who is not Jewish) contends that, besides Islam itself, the core unifying force in the Muslim world is a virulent strain of anti-Semitism that postulates the existence of a Jewish conspiracy to take over the world. From the pulpits of fiery Muslim clerics to the Arab street, and to the highest reaches of government and state-sponsored media, there is a belief that this thousand-year-old conspiracy has already taken hold in America and is now, especially after the war in Iraq, about to do the same in the Middle East and beyond. It is seen as no less than Muslims’ historical destiny to prevent such a takeover, and to do so by any means possible. To misunderstand the ferocity of that belief is to vastly underestimate the resolve of many Muslims to repel America, Israel, and all things Western.

Timmerman explores the roots of this hatred, examining its history, the religious sources upon which it draws, and how it is being transmitted to young people growing up in Arab societies by their leaders, their teachers, and their mosques. He documents how U.S. and European Union money has been used to finance hatred in Palestinian schools. He exposes the double-talk of Arab leaders and their supporters in the West. As it so often was throughout history, this new strain of Jew hatred is really about much more than Jews. They get attacked first, when the enemies of America can’t attack Americans. However, what begins with the Jews never ends with the Jews.

“Is there a conspiracy between America and the Jews?” asks Timmerman. “Indeed there is: A common heritage, a dedication to improving the human condition through compassion and tolerance of differences—a conspiracy of freedom. And that is why they hate us.” As with the Jews throughout history, America has been “unfairly successful.” As have the Jews, Americans have “profited” from the misery and poverty of others. If you hate Jews, you must also hate America. Such is the simple logic of the anti-Semite. Such, increasingly, is the logic of the Middle East. It is a message that is reinforced day in and day out by the official government-sanctioned Arab media, from the streets of Egypt, London, Lebanon, Saudi Arabia, Paris, and Gaza, and in the mosques where impassioned clerics quote verbatim texts like the Protocols of the Elders of Zion, a pillar of anti-Semitic hatred that originated in czarist Russia.

As America reasserts her role in the Middle East and attempts to bring peace between Jews and Arabs, Preachers of Hate is an essential book that reframes a very complicated issue as a matter of life and death.

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  • Hardcover: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Crown Forum; 1 edition (Oct 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1400049016
  • ISBN-13: 978-1400049011
  • Product Dimensions: 24.9 x 15.4 x 3.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 3,143,740 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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2 of 4 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Unpleasant book 22 Jun 2005
I must begin by stating that I do not stand on one side or the other on the Middle East crisis. I am neither an arab nor a jew. However, I would like to understand more about the situation and recently I have begun to read several books about the conflict in order to make myself better informed.
This book is little more than a diatribe of biased reporting. Consistently, throughout the book, Mr. Timmerman takes the side of the Israelis against the arabs. Now, it may well be, that the Israelis are in the right and the rest are in the wrong, however, it would be nice to have a little argument to demonstrate it. Again and again, the arab viewpoint is quite rightly challenged but the Israeli one is presented uncritically.
That is not to say that the book is uninteresting or without value. He provides a very good review of Holocaust denial in the Middle East and the widespread belief in the "Protocols of Zion" - an anti-semitic forgery created in Russia in the Tsarist period. But the case is mudded by the politically biased viewpoint.
As Solzhenitsyn pointed out, the line between good and evil doesn't follow national boundaries, but instead passes right through the human heart. Mr Timmerman seems to disagree with that view.
A book I would recommend instead is "Hatred's Kingdom" by Dore Gold. Mr Gold was previously the Israeli Ambassador to the UN and I suspect stands shoulder to shoulder with Mr Timmerman in most of his views. However, it is a much more scholarly work. DG apparently has a much better understanding of Islam (for example, he does not claim, as Mr Timmerman does, that Khomeini was a follower of Mohammed ibn Abdel-Wahab. As a Khomeini is a Shia, he would have no time for a Sunni writer) and presents a clear historical background for the Middle East. You might also want to read "Islam: a very short introduction" by Malise Ruthven.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Disturbing. 14 Aug 2004
By M. D Roberts VINE VOICE
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This disturbing & gripping book provides the reader with an analysis of what is described herein as "an ancient hatred that threatens the life and livelihood of every American".
This "hatred" being expounded as an alleged "new anti-Semitism" that is described as targeting not only Jews but Americans and the West in general.
This study impresses an urgency upon the reader whilst it investigates the depth of this alleged "hatred" concentrating mostly on the Arab world, the Middle East and Europe but exemplifying the effects that the issue has in relation to American values and lifestyles.
Drawing upon the considerable history of this subject and quoting many religious, secular, educational and media sources, the reader is presented with a chilling scrutiny of how the young people being brought up within such cultures today are allegedly being "brainwashed" and "indoctrinated" with a fervent hatred that is described as even being reinforced by what are cited as the "official government-sanctioned Arab media" distributed throughout the Middle East & the International community as a whole.
References of particular note towards the end of this presentation are the inclusion of what are cited as a Friday sermon broadcast on official Palestinian Authority TV, the Palestinian Hamas Charter and the PLO's "phased plan" to eradicate the Jewish state of Israel. The contents of these references shown in the book to mirror the "hatred" which is at the very core of this study.
Although in excess of 300 pages, this book is extremely well written and very easy to read. The concern of the source permeates the text and a creditable objectivity is obtained. Might I respectfully recommend to interested persons two other books entitled "Peace; The Arabian Caricature" by Arieh Stav and "American Prophecies" by Michael D. Evans. Thank you for your courtesy and time.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A true eye opener. 11 Sep 2004
By I. Pluzhnik - Published on
Kenneth Timmerman has gone to a lot of work to complete this book as can be seen through all his interviews with top Islamic sages, and "moderates" of the Muslim world. Not only will the reader be astounded by the sheer irrationality of the virulent hatred that spreads from these self-professed "intellectuals", but it will also come to be understood how this unfathomable hatred of the Jews and of the U.S (Which is seen as a Bastion of Jewish control)has been indoctrinated to the susceptible minds of Islamic youth.

Although the book is slightly biased against the Islamist world, Timmerman makes it clear on many occasions that true Islam has been hijacked by Islamic fundementalist terror groups - Hamas, Hezbollah, Jammah Islamiah, Al Qaeda, other Wahhabi backed terrorist organizations - whose one goal in mind is to make every citizen of this Earth a Muslim.

Timmerman irrevocably dispells the myth that Jew-hatred in the Middle East is something of a modern day phenomenon. He covers events which occured in Damascus in 1845, in which Jews again were the targets in massive pogrom-like raids, with tens of them being murdered.

For anyone who would like to truely find out for themselves the extent of Jew-hatred among the left and the Islamic world, this is definitely a book for you.
15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Strong Medicine 16 Oct 2004
By Jill Malter - Published on
This book skillfully and thoroughly characterizes anti-Israeli propaganda, not only in the Middle East but also in Europe and the United States. It is an impressive recounting of the author's coming to grips with the nearly surreal racism, irrationality, and hatred he discovered among segments of the Arab world. Everyone ought to read this book to realize what the terror we're at war with is all about. But be prepared: Timmerman does not mince words.

Timmerman reminds us that "war without a victor and a vanquished is still war," as we've seen many times in the past century. One reason we haven't seen the kind of peace that followed World War 2 is that whenever Israel has defeated Arabs in battle, Europe and the United States have made sure to guarantee an inconclusive result. The Arabs, being neither crushed nor forced to apologize nor even forced to stop incitement towards future adventures, would inevitably be encouraged to fight again. Timmerman says that "it is time to reconsider such policies."

It is true that this book emphasizes one side of the war between Israel and the Arabs. However, Timmerman takes the trouble to explain why the two sides are not symmetrical. As he says, visions of an Israeli victory would likely "resemble what we have seen over the past fifty years: Jewish sovereignty over borders defined by Israel as defensible, with full citizenship offered to Arabs who choose to live peacefully within them." On the other hand, today's Arab children are being taught that peace requires the removal of all the region's Jews. Timmerman asks which of these outcomes risks a new "Holocaust." He shows us that under Arab rule, the vanquished Jews would be likely to lose their rights, including their rights to life.
14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Eye Opening 3 April 2006
By Jordan R. Walls - Published on
I'm more than halfway through. I have to stop all the time to tell my family about it. I feel like I've been betrayed by the media and our government and our schools for never mentioning this information.

There is a world of hate that wants to destroy us and we don't even know about it. Islamic countries and their leaders have declared war on us (America and the West) and we don't do anything about it.

I'm not going to run through the info, just suffice to say, if you want to know about Islam and it's goals, actions, funding, workings and far reaching influence, you MUST READ THIS BOOK!
27 of 32 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars ominously revealing! 26 Mar 2004
By "mydogfletcheriscool" - Published on
First, to clear something up. In the review written by (ipcostello from California United States) this book is criticized because of it's incorrect usage of the word "anti-semitism." Timmerman clearly goes into detail about meaning of this word and its' origins. Therefore the above mentioned reviewer either did not read the book, or did not read it carefully.
Now about the book...
It is a frightening (and sad) look at how the rest of the world views America, Israel, and Jews. Specifically, it focuses on the views and actions of the Islamic faith in various parts of the world. Although I was already somewhat aware that not everybody loves us ( I am American, though not a Jew.) I had no idea just how serious the situation is. This book is a major eye-opener. Timmerman goes into subjects such as: Holocost denial, 9-11 conspiricay theories, the corruption in Yassar Arafat's PA, and probably most concerning, the outright openness of the hatred that is being taught in the Arab world (Islam) toward Jews and Americans. The revelations are shocking.
Although this book is thouroughly informative (almost to a fault) I do not feel it deserves five stars for two reasons. First, at parts, it is dreadfully difficult to follow. It reads more like a college thesis than a book published for the masses. Secondly, I wish that Timmerman wrote in a less cerebrial manner and threw in some explanations for the lay-person.
Considering everything, this will not read like that mystery novel you will take on vacation. That does not mean that it isn't worthy of being read. I would recommend it for a couple reasons. I found it to be very informative. I also liked this book because it gave me a better outlook (although not positive) about how certain other cultures see America.
12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Chilling Read About Freedom's Latest Enemy 16 Nov 2004
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Anti-Semitism is on the rise around the world, as experienced political journalist Kenneth Timmerman ("The Selling Out of America"; "The French Betrayal of America") explains in his riveting and at times downright scary examination of modern Islam. Timmerman's book is based upon a journal he kept while traveling in various parts of the world. From it, he explores the roots of Islam's hatred of Western values and freedom by examining the religion's brutal history, historical sources, and how it is being taught to young people in societies around the world--including mosques here in America. Ironically, it is being taught as a benign and misunderstood religion in our own schools by teachers who know little about history or have their own agenda. This is a serious book that deserves a wide audience, especially among young people in Western countries. Highly Recommended.
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