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Pages   193
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Release Date   May 25, 2005
Publisher   Encounter Books
ISBN  1594030898  
EAN  9781594030895  

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In some quarters of the globe, hatred of Jews has assumed epidemic proportions and is intensifying by the day. In the Muslim world, irrational charges verging on mass psychosis involving allegations of Jews' deceit and bloodthirstiness have assumed the status of "common knowledge." Lurid conspiracy theories-that the Jews orchestrated 9/11 and shifted the blame to Mohammed Atta and his gang is one of the mildest-have spread like a virus. In distant locales where there are almost no Jews at all, as in Pakistan and on the Malay peninsula, the hatred has also taken root and is spreading with astonishing momentum. In Europe-especially France with its growing Muslim population-where anti-Semitism has long been thought to be dormant or even nearly extinct, an unexpected resurgence is under way. Even here in the United States, where anti-Semitism has never found fertile soil, hatred of the Jews has now established an open presence on college campuses and other sectors where it formerly was considered taboo. In his brilliantly written and profoundly disquieting book, Gabriel Schoenfeld explores how and why a murderous anti-Semitic rage has once again come into being and examines its likely trajectory. The Return of Anti Semitism traces the confluence of several lethal currents: the infusion of anti-Semitism into Islamic fundamentalism; the rise of terrorist movements (including al Qaeda) which are motivated in large measure by a pathological hatred of Jews; the deliberate and well-financed export of anti-Semitism from the Muslim world into Europe and from there into the United States; and the reemergence of older anti-Semitic traditions in the West which were thought to have ended along with Nazism. Based on the extensive and penetrating historical research for which its author is renowned, The Return of Anti-Semitism is certain to stir controversy and become essential reading for anyone who wishes to understand the peril today confronting Jews, Israel, and Western democracy as a whole.

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Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Gabriel Schoenfeld is a Senior Fellow at the Hudson Institute in Washington, D.C. and a resident scholar at the Witherspoon Institute in Princeton, New Jersey. His essays on national security and modern history have appeared in leading publications including the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, the Los Angeles Times, the Washington Post, the Weekly Standard, the New Republic, the Atlantic, the National Interest, and Commentary, where he was senior editor from 1994 to 2008. Schoenfeld holds a PhD in political science from Harvard University.

Gabriel Schoenfeld currently resides in New York City, in the state of New York.

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Brilliant analysis of a sinister global trend  May 23, 2008
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 Antisemitism.

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.
Illuminating window into the resurgance of the world's oldest hatred  May 15, 2008
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.
A serious topic not seriously addressed  Sep 12, 2006
I wanted to like this book. I wanted to learn something about the modern rise of anti-semitism. Sometimes, you just don't get what you want.

I read the book, hoping to answer some serious questions: Is anti-Zionism the same as anti-semitism ? Are Jewish anti-Zionists experiencing self-hate ? Is the rise of European anti-semitism a product of long lasting traditions or a by-product of Muslim immigration ? I still have these questions.

The book does attempt to address these issues. It does so by a selectively culling statements, events, and quotes. Where a book of this nature would demand 100's of pages, the author here feels that his cobbled collection of editorials can address these issues with limited research and less than 200 pages. It is tragic that such a serious topic is handled, so casually.

Like many people, I fear a second Holocaust prompted by Iranian nuclear ambitions. What does Schoenfeld think of this issue ? He agrees that such a threat exists, but sees fit to address it in only one paragraph.

What about a solution to the rise of anti-semitism ? The only one I can find, is the belief that a stable democratic Iraq will reduce the phenomena. I don't want to get too political here, but that's a pretty disquieting source of optimism.

There is something here, but there's not quite enough. I don't disagree with the author, but I don't feel that throwing out a collection of individual opinions constitutes a serious analysis of a serious topic.
The disturbing rantings of a very racist mind.  Aug 7, 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). In these remarks he shows either his lack of research, or his desire to lie about the history of Palestine. 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 and fabricate 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 the worrying fantasies of a very racist individual.
Excellent analysis of present- day Anti- Semitism. Plus update   Jun 27, 2005
This book was published in October 2003, and this review is being written in late June 2005. This is important because even though the fundamental picture of Anti- Semitism in the Islamic world, in Europe, and to a lesser degree, the United States is valid there is an element of Schoenfeld's analysis that has already failed to pass the test of time. When he wrote the work there was a great deal of hope that the US effort in Iraq would effect a fundamental transformation throughout the Middle East, toward Democratization, and with this reduction in Terror, and even reduction in anti- Semitism.
But as it appears now the situation in Iraq is a quagmire. Defense Minister Rumsfeld said a few days ago that the Iraqis would have to win it ' by themselves' indicating that the US might leave fairly soon , and with it leave a big mess. This summer there is also planned the Israeli disengagement from Gaza which is being interpreted by all Palestinian groups, and especially the Terror groups as a victory for violence.
In other words the reduction of anti- Semitism hoped for by Schoenfeld in this book does not seem on the way. In opposite the election of a hardliner President in Iran earlier this week, who referred to Israel as an ' illegimate state' only underlines how strong Anti- Semitism in the form of Anti- Zionism is in the
Islamic world.
And here one warning made by Schoenfeld is extremely timely. He shows how many Jewish leaders, including Louis Marshall believed that the Nazis were just a bluff, and would go away of themselves. It seems to me that anyone who thinks a bit about Jewish history should understand that the fundamentalist terrorists who are threatening destructive action to Israel are not just going to go away. It is extremely alarming that when a month ago the leading Islamic clergyman connected with the Palestinian Authority called for ' the genocide' of all the Jews in the world , no one paid attention. There was no outcry. Israel did not even attempt to intervene.
Schoenfeld outlines a situation of increasing danger for the Jews through the actions of anti- Semitism. Since he wrote the book the dangers have only increased. And here I would point out that the greatest dangers are what might be called ' state- anti- Semitism', and especially the state Anti-Semitism, of Iran, Saudi Arabia, Egypt and the Palestinian Authority.
The return and intensification of the one world's oldest ' social diseases' ought to be I want to suggest a source of worry not only for Jews, but for all those who care for human dignity and freedom.
For if the Islamic world succeeds in its goal of destroying the Jewish state this will not simply mean the end of one small democracy in the Middle East. It will be a signal that Terror and Totalitarian violence are on their way to taking over the world.


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