As explained in the editorial reviews, Gabriel Schoenfeld analyzes resurgent antisemitism and presents an interesting thesis about it.
THESIS part 1: As is well known, in the 19th century, European antisemitism underwent a radical shift, from a religious and economic basis to a racial and pseudo-scientific one. Conspiracy theories abounded. Schoenfeld argues that the new European antisemitism of the 19th century migrated to the Middle East and blended with pre-existing Judeophobia (which was not as virulent as the European variant). Compounded with the growing Palestine conflict and Arab frustration at losing out in the process of modernization, Arab peoples looked for a scapegoat. Here is where the imported European antisemitism comes in. Rather than blame themselves for falling behind the West in terms of economic and scientific progress, it was easier for Arab elites to blame "the Jews" or "the West" controlled by a Jewish conspiracy. Religious leaders and authoritarian political leaders (such as Nassar) resented that the Jews thrived in the West and that Israel became a successful, wealthy, democratic state while Arab states grew ever more poor.
THESIS part 2: The Muslim Middle East distilled racial and conspiracy theories and -- in the post-Holocaust world -- reimported them to Europe. Why do Europeans buy them? There are some radical right-wing antisemites left in Europe, and their nationalism and xenophobia merges with antisemitism. This is particularly true in eastern Europe, Germany, and England. *However*, more dangerous is the fact that antisemitism has found favor with many on the political Left. The generation of 1968 (anti-war demonstrators, envionmentalists, Greens, etc.) is now in power in Europe. Many of its members have not abandoned their anti-Americanism and excessive admiration for so-called Third World liberation movements, the PLO included. They distrust America; they resent America's support for Israel; they perceive Israel to be an apartheid state or genocidal regime; and they claim that American Jews control the policy of the US government. Anti-Zionism becomes antisemitism. Hatred of Israel and its policies translates into dislike of Jews in Europe. Another important factor is the very large Muslim population in contemporary Europe. Jews make up a minuscule percentage of Europe's population, but countries like France are 10% Muslim, and that percentage is increasing. That's a lot of voters in the future. For now, however, Muslim Europeans are disproportionately unemployed and resentful. Their frustration and anti-Israeli sentiment has led to numerous attacks on European Jews.
STRENGTH: Schoenfeld's catalogue of incidents is not exhaustive, but it is very thorough. Moreover, his thesis seems to be very compelling. That European antisemitism migrated to the Middle East, has returned, and mixed with preexisting attitudes on the far Right and not-so-far Left is certainly food for thought. This reader found his thesis quite convincing overall.
WEAKNESS: This reader, who is a professional academic, found Schoenfeld's documentation to be disappointing. An example: "in one recent novel, the antihero, a Jewish entrepreneur, is presented sipping champagne while contemplating a plan to take the blood and organs of healthy [Russians] and to sell them to medical centers in Israel" (p. 75). While this sentence is footnoted, the note refers to a report in which the novel is mentioned, not to the novel itself. I wanted to know the name of the novel and the author, not the name of some EU or WJC report on antisemitism. Unfortunately, the book is full of such citations. Often, one does not find the original item, but rather secondary literature about it. Schoenfeld has certainly done his research, but it seems that he has trolled Associate Press reports, newspaper articles, websites, and NGO reports rather than archives and academic sociological studies. This may not bother the casual reader, but an academic would demand more rigorous documentation. (Hence, only four stars.)
CAVEAT: Some readers will not agree with Schoenfeld's personal politics or views on the West Bank/Gaza question, but I think that one may overlook these aspects of his book and still learn a lot, regardless of one's political persuasion.