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5.0 out of 5 stars Illuminating window into the resurgance of the world's oldest hatred,
In this highly informative and fascinating book, Gabriel Schoenfeld traces the various currents that have led to the endemic proportions of neo-Anti-Semitism today in the form of an implacable and bottomless Israel-hatred, that is endemic in the world today.
He points out that the most likely place to find anti-Semitism in Western countries is among the elite...
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1.0 out of 5 stars Disturbing
I have read Schoenfeld's book in an attempt to understand where and how anti-semitism sits within today's society, as part of some research work I have been conducting.

To be honest the book has disapointed me greatly. I have found the book full of half truths, missing counter points, which I feel completely insults the intelligence of the reader, assuming they...
Published on 7 Aug. 2006 by stuart


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5.0 out of 5 stars Illuminating window into the resurgance of the world's oldest hatred,, 15 May 2008
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In this highly informative and fascinating book, Gabriel Schoenfeld traces the various currents that have led to the endemic proportions of neo-Anti-Semitism today in the form of an implacable and bottomless Israel-hatred, that is endemic in the world today.
He points out that the most likely place to find anti-Semitism in Western countries is among the elite opinion-makers among academia, the arts and the media. The author also points out that paradoxically, because Jews are so heavily overepresented in the Left, one finds a large contingent of Jews who themselves are nakedly anti-Semitic/violently anti-Israel.
The second chapter of the book is about the Islamic strain of anti-Semitism, traces this phenomenon form Malaysia and Pakistan to Iran and the Arab world.
The Tehran times of 2001, in a dispatch typical of thousands reported "There is no documentary evidence for the gassing of even one human being in a German camp".
In the words of an Iranian government official " As long as Israel is not burned and wholly destroyed peace and tranquility will never prevail in the region".
Iran's supreme leader Ayatollah ali Khamenei 'Israel is a cancerous tumour" that must be excised.
Now you ask yourself who are the aggressors in this conflict?
According to the regular columnist of the popular Egyptian government-sponsored daily Al Akhbar, Fatma Abdallah Mahmoud: " With regard to the fraud of the Holocaust...many French studies have proven that this is no more than a fabrication, a lie and a fraud!! That is, it is a scenario, the plot of which was carefully tailored, using several faked photos completely unconnected to the truth. Yes, it is a film, no more and no less. Hitler himself, who they accuse of Nazism, is in my eyes no more than a modest "pupil" in the world of murder and bloodshed. He is completely innocent of the charges of frying them in the hell of this false Holocaust!!
"But I, personally, and in the light of this imaginary tale, complain to Hitler, even saying to him from the bottom of my heart, "If only if you had done it, brother, if only it had really happened., so that the world could sigh in relief without their evil and sin".
Or the vitriolic Ahmad Ragab in Al Akhbar: "Jews are the most vile criminals on the face of the earth. Let us give thanks to Hitler of blessed memory for taking revenge against the Jews, although Muslims do have a complaint against him (Hitler) that his revenge was not enough."
Schoenfeld highlights the reason for the venomous and obsessive Arab hatred of Israel, including envy of Israel's economic success, resentment that Jews who have always suffered from a 'dhimmi' status- "The Jews are our dogs"- have established equality for themselves through sovereignty, fear by despotic Arab rulers that the equality and democracy in Israel will be demanded by their own subjects and rage at the military defeats suffered by the despised Jews whenever Israel has defended herself, starting with the "Nakba" suffered by the combined invading forces of Egypt, Iraq, Syria and Jordan at the hands of the less well armed and heavily outnumbered Jews in 1948.

The author also deals with the glorification of murder in Palestinian culture such as the popular display in a museum in the West Bank city of Nablus celebrating and recreating the Arab homicide bombing of the Sbarro pizza family restaurant in which fifteen Israelis died (including women and children) and dozens more injured. The display was complete with fake body parts and pizza piece strewn all over, and thoroughly enjoyed by thousands of Palestinian visitors.

He points out the central difference between the Nazis and the Palestinians (aside from capability) is that the Nazis kept their extermination of Jews a closely guarded secret. They never chose to advertise their mass murder of men , women ands children. By contrast the Palestinians trumpet their murderous intentions on airwaves, in the classroom and in the street and have massive celebration celebrating their successes in killing Jews, especially children.

But outside the Islamic world the anchor of anti-Semitism today is on the Left and is no less vicious and unrelenting than the Muslim variety (the two are closely aligned).
After a year of massive terrorist attacks in Israel mainly on women and children by the Palestinian terror groups, culminating in the massacre at Netanya at a passover Seder which killed 29 Israeli civilians, Israel retaliated by mounting an operation to destroy bomb factories, arrest the masterminds of the attacks and seize illegal weapons from the terrorists.

This led to massive attacks across Europe on Jews, and a massive media and academic blitz against Israel's existence.

Israeli books have been banned from Oxford university bookstores and Israeli academics banned from universities across the world. No other country has been singled out like this, including those with far worse human rights than Israel. Of course the Satanic comparison of Israelis to the Nazis is the staple of the Leftist academic and media propaganda.
Schoenberg warns that such violent propaganda, if not stopped, could easily lead to genocide as Nazi propaganda led to the Holocaust.
At "anti-war" and anti-Israel demonstrations across American universities Jewish students have been spat on and physically assaulted and slogans chanted calling for the killing Of Israel and physical destruction of Israel chanted as well as other claiming "Hitler did not finish the job".
The International Solidarity Movement, a Marxist and anarchist group that bring student and youth from Western countries to Israel to help Arab terrorists attack Jewish targets, has praised "armed struggle" and described Israeli children as "fair game" for murder.
The author provides some revealing material against violent Israel-haters of Jewish birth on the Left, such as Norman Finkelstein who has praised Hezbullah and Hamas "resistance", and Tony Judt who has called for an end to their state of Israel as it is an embarrassment to diaspora Jews, knowing full well that this would mean the physical elimination of five million Jews.
The bottom line pointed out by the author is this "Israel a democratic country victimized by terrorism is singled out from all the nations of the world, many of them viciously oppressive tyrannies and accused of terrorism. The Jews having suffered the most determined and thoroughgoing genocide in history are accused of perpetrating genocide. The language in which such accusation are leveled is extravagantly hateful, drawn from the vocabulary of World War II and the Holocaust but grotesquely inverted with the Jews portrayed as Nazis and their Arab tormentors cast in the role of helpless Jews. Anti-Semitism is the only word for an anti-Zionism so one sided, so eager to indict Israel while exculpating those bent on Israel's destruction, so adroit in the use of moral double standards, so quick to issue false and baseless charges, and so disposed to paint Israelis and Jews as evil incarnate".
This book is fascinating and illuminating but it is also harrowing and disturbing to read of the depth and venom of the hatred for Israelis and Jews, by both the Muslims and the International Left.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant examination of the resurgence of the longest hatred, 23 May 2008
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Schoenfeld investigates the resurgence of the ancient hatred by surveying its latest sources, carriers and ways of dissemination. Identifying the Islamic world as one of the largest hosts today, he uncovers its ancient roots in that culture, looks at the reasons why a particularly malignant strain is flourishing there and how it is being transmitted to Europe and the Americas. Unfortunately a European native variety is on the rise as well whilst some or other mutation has taken root on college campuses in the USA. A complex pathogen, antisemitism's latest manifestation is composed of many strains, ancient and modern, religious and racialist, rightwing and leftist. Like Phyllis Chesler in The New Anti-Semitism and Bernard Harrison in The Resurgence of Anti-semitism, the author argues that today the greatest danger comes from the left, from a tradition rooted in the Enlightenment.

In the Middle East where the plague is driven by state-sanctioned media, it is a blend of the indigenous with a variety imported from Europe. And it has spread beyond that region throughout the Islamic sphere to places like Malaysia. Most noteworthy about this type is the blatant lack of distinction between antisemitism and anti-Zionism. Schoenfeld provides many examples from countries like Egypt, Iran, Syria, Saudi Arabia and the Palestinian Authority. Further evidence is available in Peace: The Arabian Caricature of Anti-Semitic Imagery by Arieh Stav. Holocaust denial is rife and the infamous forgery The Protocols of the Elders of Zion is popular throughout the region. From there, it is exported by oil-rich states to the Muslim communities in Europe. In both the Islamic and Western worlds the virus is propagated by the intelligentsia, mainly those in government, the media, the academic community and religious structures, but in the Arab world it has captivated all levels of the population.

In the West a significant shift has taken place, so that the phenomenon is now widespread on the Left amongst antiglobalists, environmentalists, anarchists, feminists and churches of that ideology, although it still exists on the far right too. In fact, a three-way diabolical convergence is taking place in an unholy alliance between Leftists and Islamists, and where the Far Left and the Far Right meet. Even more alarming is its prevalence in liberal circles where intellectuals are responsible for saturating media like the New York Times, LA Times, BBC, The New Statesman, The Guardian and The Independent with anti-Israel tropes equating Zionism with racism, colonialism & imperialism. These people of course indignantly deny that they are antisemitic. The liberal Abraham Foxman who in Never Again? underestimates the threat from this side, considers 1998 the year of the plague's rebirth. But William Nicholls recognized the danger long ago, identifying anti-Zionism as the typical expression of the new antisemitism in his 1993 book Christian Anti-Semitism.

The disease first emerges as enmity to Israel, then the haters start targeting Jewish organizations and individuals with an arsenal of smears and insinuations. These include ascribing vast and sinister influence to them and questioning their allegiance to the country in question. The aforementioned British media are notorious for their bias and dishonest reporting on the ME conflict, as Robin Aitken reveals so well in Can We Trust the BBC? In the UK, some prominent personalities include the author AN Wilson and a clique of Anglican clergy with ties to the Sabeel Ecumenical Centre, whilst the USA is afflicted by the famous Pol Pot fan Noam Chomsky, academics like Walt & Mearsheimer and Jimmy Carter. Most of these enemies of Israel exhibit a peculiar sanctimony and a distorted morality characterized by extreme selectivity, arbitrariness and immunity to facts. Futile as it may seem, on behalf of those not yet infected it is important to reiterate facts like: 20% of Israeli citizens are Arabs who are represented by 3 parties in the Knesset, Jewish Israelis are composed of all races including Asians and Africans and that those who flee the horror in Darfur find refuge in Israel.

Mutual hatred serves as a strong attractor. As if the aforementioned foes weren't a strange lot, the obsession is also shared by large numbers of nutcase conspiracy theorists and religious cults that deny the Hebrew descent of the Jewish people, claiming that European nations are the true children of Israel. Genetic and DNA evidence has finally disproved the claim of the descent of Europeans from the so-called lost ten tribes. What bizarre bedfellows these cults make with the liberal protestant denominations that display the same hostility in their divestment drives! And with those theologians trying to revive replacement theology who are so brilliantly exposed by Barry Horner in Future Israel: Why Christian Anti-Judaism Must Be Challenged. The intention is always to undermine the legitimacy of the State of Israel as well as Jewish history, especially the Jewish connection to the land and the Temple Mount.

Schoenfeld's book is short compared to the aforementioned works of Chesler, Foxman and Harrison, but he makes the case very well with compelling arguments in words of great impact. The book includes bibliographic notes and concludes with an index. The most illuminating work on the causes of the phenomenon is Why the Jews? by Dennis Prager & Joseph Telushkin which considers all aspects, including the spiritual. Antisemitism never remains just a Jewish problem; it inevitably brings terrible suffering to all societies under its spell. But there are effective ways of counteracting it. Yoram Hazony's book The Dawn: Political Teachings of the Book of Esther, draws on ancient wisdom which reveals ways of destroying it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Disturbing. Required Reading !!!, 8 Feb. 2004
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I purchased this exceptionally, well written, in-depth study further to my own research into anti-Semitism (hatred of the Jews) spanning many years.
Replete with specific references, the text of this work provides a compelling and deeply disturbing investigation as to how, virtually unnoticed by large elements of the International community, a lethal hatred of the Jews has once more come to the fore and depicts how it has been so influential in manipulating public attitudes through the media & also it's influence within political realms pertaining to circumstances in the International arena.
At the outset, the book declares that to anyone even modestly acquainted with current events, it is readily apparent that the Islamic World is today the epicentre of what is cited as a particularly virulent brand of anti-Semitic hatred.
The reader is shown how throughout the Islamic world, Israel has been allegedly transformed from a country into a malignant force, cited as embodying every possible negative attribute - aggressor, usurper, occupier, corrupter, infidel, murderer and barbarian, with the Israelis themselves being allegedly viewed as foot-soldiers of the same dark force instead of human beings, parents, students, civilians, women & children. The book demonstrating how this hatred depicts the Jews themselves as constituting what is described as the sinister force behind almost every significant event in the World.
Through a seemingly endless, inexhaustible supply of material, the historic and underlying causes of this irrational hatred are discussed. Individual readers must make up their own minds upon the many aspects of this investigation, some aspects of which may be seen as controversial by some. One issue examined is how Islamic anti-Semitism perhaps draws and meshes seamlessly with it's Christian and Nazi "cousins" in Europe where similar patterns of anti-Jewish hatred were practised, taught & richly developed for centuries in some areas of Europe.
Further discussed is how such teachings may have found an entrance corridor and a sympathetic audience amongst the Arab/Islamic world surrounding the re-birth of Israel in 1948. Nazism's ideology cited as having been defeated on the battlefield but the book showing how named Arab leaders had already been thoroughly steeped in it's doctrines and eager to embrace it's ideological package in relation to the Jews. The study declaring that the Arab world's hatred of the Jews now equals that of Nazi Germany at it's peak and discusses how that seldom will you find anyone opposing or discrediting anti-Semitism in the Islamic world or even amongst it's supporters.
References are also provided of the dissemination of hatred through official Arabic Government channels and publications where Jews are depicted as "apes and pigs" and the "worms of the entire World". In one example, tthe book illustrates how what are described as Iranian anti-Semitic propagandists, erase all distinctions among Israel, Zionism and the Jews. These sources cited as describing the State of Israel as being not merely Zionist but a "bunch of Jews" and that the ridding the World of this "bunch of Jews" is a prime Muslim obligation. Israel being further described by Iranian leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei as a "cancerous tumour that must be excised".
In relation to the Palestinian-Israeli issue, the reader is shown clearly that central to the signing of the Oslo Accords was an agreement to cease the propagation of hatred towards the Jews, but that the hate has instead been constant and unceasing through the official Palestinian media as well as the schools and the entire Palestinian education system where an implacable hatred of Israel & the Jews is shown to be included in many school books. Alongside this, the reader is shown how the doctrine of Holocaust denial has been ever present reality. Something which the book reveals to have been reinforced by the recent Palestinian Prime Minister Mahmoud Abbas, (cited as being portrayed by the West as a moderate & a suitable ‘peace partner' for Israel), who is shown to have written a doctorate on Holocaust denial & the alleged secret relationship between Nazism and Zionism.
The book illustrates whenever reference is made in the Islamic world to the Holocaust, it is nearly always in the context of the "final solution" not being final enough or that the Holocaust never occurred at all. The book, in no uncertain terms, declares that these passions in the Islamic World are not the end of the matter, with anti-Semitism also reawakening dramatically in Europe whilst also making unprecedented headway in the United States. Anti-Semitism cited as now finding ready acceptance on many college campuses and among the "opinion makers" of the media elite. Even a significant contingent of Jews are themselves shown to be promoting what are cited here as nakedly anti-Semitic ideas.
The book declares that it is foolish to dismiss the potential of this new anti-Semitism outlining that few observers comprehended the depth of Hitler's obsession with this hatred of the Jews until the World was confronted with a catastrophe of unprecedented dimensions. It being further illustrated that the modern day champions of this hatred either possess or are working assiduously to obtain weapons of mass destruction whilst simultaneously proclaiming their desire to murder Jews and destroy their State. Seldom has a book had such a profound effect upon me in recent years. Highly recommended. Five stars is not enough.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Disturbing, 7 Aug. 2006
I have read Schoenfeld's book in an attempt to understand where and how anti-semitism sits within today's society, as part of some research work I have been conducting.

To be honest the book has disapointed me greatly. I have found the book full of half truths, missing counter points, which I feel completely insults the intelligence of the reader, assuming they have never performed any winder reading on the subject of the position of judaism and israel within today's world. In fact Schoenfeld takes the un forgivable position of actually wanting us to confuse anti-semitism with feeling against israel's political position.

For example, on page 29 Sheonfeld tells us, without any references that Palestine was nothing but sand and swap before the arrival of israel (already he is asking to consider anti-semitism along side the issue of palestine and israel). We just need to look at the poster of franz krauz or look at books such as "Before their diaspora: A photographic history of the Palestinians, 1876-1948 (Unknown Binding) by Walid Khalidi" to see this is just not true.

Nowhere in the book does Sheonfeld address the anger people have towards the way israel has acted to it's neighbours, or the propoganda machine that tries to deny and rebrand the 1996 massacre at the Qana UN post. In fact it seems he doesnt care about exaplaining the reason why people may be ant-semtic/anti israeli, he just wants to cite incidents of it.

This book seems to address more the rise of anti-arabism, and seeks to promote it. I would recommend this book only to people wishing to journey into worrying fantasies.
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