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Illuminating window into the resurgance of the world's oldest hatred,,
This review is from: The Return of Anti-semitism (Hardcover)
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.