A little late for Chanukah, but just in time for Christmas…


Muslim Antisemitism and the Conspiracy of Silence

By Neil J. Kressel



video56From the 1950s through the 1990s, antisemitism everywhere seemed to be on the wane. But as Neil Kressel documents in this startling book, the Muslim world has resurrected in recent decades almost every diatribe that more than two millennia of European hostility produced against the Jews, and it has introduced many homegrown and novel modes of attack.  Though it is impossible to determine precisely how many of the world’s billion-plus Muslims hold anti-Jewish beliefs, Kressel finds that much bigotry comes from the highest levels of religious and political leadership.


Shocking examples are seen in the widespread antisemitic political articles and images published frequently in government-run media throughout the Muslim world.  In addition, Saudi Arabia continues to spend millions of dollars publishing and distributing antisemitic textbooks globally despite pressure from the U.S. State Department.


  The Palestinian media regularly target children with antisemitic programming including “Tomorrow’s Pioneers” which features actors dressed as beloved Western cartoon characters.  They talk about killing Jews and attaining martyrdom.  When the Mickey Mouse clone and Bugs Bunny clone were ultimately killed by the Jews, it was hard to calibrate the impact on the minds of the next generation.  But the show – a big hit – continues. 


And the danger goes far beyond media attacks.  For example, the Iranian leadership – steeped in a culture of Holocaust denial – is bent on using whatever means they can acquire to destroy the millions of inhabitants of the Jewish state.  Moreover, and contrary to conventional wisdom, the hostility that Kressel documents is as much a cause as an effect of the Arab-Israeli conflict with its roots going far back into theology and history. 


And most recently, worldwide attention was focused on an Egyptian reality television program called, “Alhokm Baad Almozawla,” or Judgment After a Prank, based on the American program Candid Camera features popular Egyptian celebrities unwittingly being pranked—they are told that they are on an Israeli-Jewish program and films their reactions which resulted in violence against the host and producers.  “I hate the Jews to death,” said one guest, Egyptian actor Mahmoud Abdel Ghaffar, after slapping and violently shaking the interviewer. 


Compounding the problem, as Kressel demonstrates, many in the West refuse to recognize this issue. The growing epidemic of hate has been largely ignored, misunderstood, or downplayed, Kressel reveals, because of apathy, ignorance, confusion, bigotry, ideology, purported pragmatism, and misguided multiculturalism. Those who value human rights ignore antisemitism at their own risk, he cautions, noting that no antisemitic regime or movement has ever been otherwise reasonable or progressive.


Kressel argues convincingly that Muslim antisemitism provides an acid test of the seriousness of Western liberalism. If the West fails to stem this growing tide, as now seems likely, future affairs will not go well for the true proponents of democracy. Kressel moves beyond sounding the alarm to explore the diverse religious, political, social, and psychological forces that have created and nurtured the new hostility to Jews in the Muslim world; he concludes with a bold and clear plan for what must be done to confront this hostility.


About the Author

NEIL J. KRESSEL, who holds a PhD in social psychology from Harvard University, has taught at Harvard, New York University, and elsewhere. Currently, he directs the Honors Program in the Social Sciences at William Paterson University. In 2008 he was visiting associate professor at the Yale Initiative for the Interdisciplinary Study of Antisemitism. He is the author of three previously published books, including Mass Hate: The Global Rise of Genocide and Terror, Revised and Updated (Westview Press, 2002). Kressel lives in northern New Jersey. 


“A lucid, compelling, and much-needed account of how the crucial issue of antisemitism in the Muslim world is currently being minimized, downplayed, obfuscated, and in many cases completely ignored in much of the Western world. This book should be required reading for decision makers, opinion molders, and not least ‘experts’ in academia, who have been particularly complicit in this policy of silence.”—ROBERT S. WISTRICH, director of the Vidal Sassoon International Center for the Study of Antisemitism and author of A Lethal Obsession and From Ambivalence to Betrayal 

 “Kressel handles one of the hottest topics in the world carefully, calmly, and coolly. He explains the dangers of Muslim antisemitism while destroying the many excuses for it that are so often offered—and shaming those in the Muslim world or in the West who downplay these modern forms of the oldest, and one of the bloodiest, hatreds in world history.”—ELLIOTT ABRAMS, senior fellow for Middle Eastern Studies, Council on Foreign Relations 

“Kressel presents undeniable and yet long-denied information about the pervasive and insidious nature of Islamic antisemitism—and he does so with a pained sensitivity that is both admirable and heartbreaking. Reasonable, patient, and nonemotional, Kressel is antiparanoid and utterly fact-driven.”—PHYLLIS CHESLER, emerita professor of psychology and women’s studies, City University of New York, and author of The New Anti-Semitism

“While parts of this book make me uncomfortable, I must admit that it represents, rather sadly, what many of my coreligionists think.”—KHALEEL MOHAMMED, Center for Islamic and Arabic Studies, San Diego State University 

“All religions and cultures suffer from sources that preach hate against the ‘other.’ Throughout history some have, tragically, practiced what their sources preached, while some have sought to dismiss or even counteract the hateful words of their sources. In this book, Neil Kressel shows how extremists within Islam, many in leadership roles, have exploited some of their hateful sources to preach and practice a virulent form of antisemitism. Read this book and judge for yourself.”—ALAN M. DERSHOWITZ, Felix Frankfurter Professor of Law at Harvard Law School and author of The Trials of Zion






14 comments on “A little late for Chanukah, but just in time for Christmas…

  1. there is a lot of yap about islamic antisemitism. it serves no purpose. israeli jews know the truth about islam, yet even they are fools enough to think that if they just give in to one more demand, islam will let them live in peace. american jews, on the other hand, share responsibility for giving us a vile muslim sympathizing, america hating racist for president. this crime is shared by many groups and individuals, but the jews, of all people, should have known better than to elect a muslim, the sworn and deadly enemy of jews in particular, and infidels in general. islam is a dire threat to all of western civilization, but there is sufficient latent antisemitism in the population that a crusade to save the jews from islam is not likely to succeed. what is needed is for all infidels to rise up against our treacherous governments and expel all of islam from our countries. we must do this to save ourselves, not jews. it is a measure of the neutering of the citizens of infideldom that we are so cowed by multiculturalism, liberalism, and political correctness that we do not have the nerve to protest anti-infidelism, which is dedicated to our own subjugation, enslavement, and genocide. instead we must substitute antisemitism for what is really going on, which is the murder of the entire world population of people who do not worship an evil god, or revere his arch-criminal prophet, peace be upon him.

  2. We are well down the slippery slope of ignoring the rethoric and abusive, threatening slurs that the savage muslims do and say about Isreal, Jews and Christians. We hear it so much that we hardly think anything of it as we do when Imanutjob from Iran speaks at the UN. We need to listen and to take seriously when the savages of islam threaten to destroy all Jews and Christians. Islam is a curse and an evil cult and we need to work to expose the evils of the coran at every opportunity.

  3. The response to this degeneracy and evil by Muslims? Obama at the UN: The future must not belong to those who offend the prophet of Islam. End of quote. A DEATH THREAT by Obama?

    Obama, Clinton, and other G-d haters and EU ruling elites have NO problem with Muslims at street demos, in mosques, media and public education calling for the barbaric murders of Jews, other non-Muslims and homosexuals.

  4. Muslims Angry Over Spanish Citizenship for Jews
    December 21, 2012
    Muslims are now demanding reciprocity, demanding that the Spanish government grant automatic citizenship to millions of descendants of Muslims who were also expelled from Spain in the Middle Ages…
    Al-Ahmar calls for a “full legal and historical investigation of the war crimes that were perpetrated on the Muslim population…

    The many millions of Muslims from other countries that Islam is demanding are given Spanish residency and citizenship in Spain are the DESCENDANTS of CRUEL Muslim CONQUERORS!

  5. Besides being filthy, degenerate, perverted, satanic, profoundly EVIL, and anti-God, Islamic teachings are NOT intelligent.

  6. Yet there seems to be many, a large percentage it looks like to me, of Jews that have NO problem with muslums or what they say. They even side with muslums. Explain that if you can.

      • Anything to cover their eyes to the horrendous truth go away. This way they don’t have to deal with it. People walk, live and sleep in fear. This is why people of both Judean/ Christian faiths make shit up to cloud their minds, all to escape the nasty truth.
        The left is great at making things up. So reality never enters their minds.
        These are not the DROIDS you are looking for.

  7. No, no, no, no, it is not the West, in general, “that ignors severity of AntiSemitism in the muslim world”. It is the general consenses of most thinking and educated peoples of the West, they understand the who’s involved in this mess the muslim world has created, and those who ignor it, not the people, per say, but it’s leaders, much to the dismay of the people. We understand the “threat” that is islam, we see it eveyday in the video’s they proudly display on the net, in all of it’s gory and horrendise details, we hear of it every day in the so-called media’s, it’s a religion of peace, don’tchaknow that choose to ignor the true intentions of this AntiSemitism. The purpose of their hatred is that of satan’s purpose for the entire world. The destruction of the Judeo-Christian heritage of the sane among all. AntiSemitism is just the prefered target of the opportunity of these satanic worshipers because of the rejection of their tenets, not that of the true God of Nature, of humanity, of the universe. Their goals are clearly stated, for those with the ears that hear, clearly shown to the eyes who see, and clearly REJECTED as truth.

    Prefered target, it’s what all rejectors of the truth seek, blame it on the other guy, because you know we just spread out faith by the sword, not the truth, or love for one another, because after all, it’s the jooooo’s who are the real problem, right. This is the mindset of evil and evil persons, can’t be wrong, mo, mo, mo he was the solution, right!

    What is really being ignored and allowed, it the “deliberate differences” of these truths, religion of peace, well yeah if you are part of the collective, or a brother, sister from their hood, islam, sure peace among the collective, or we keel you, right! But, death and destruction of the people of the true God of Issac, Jacob and Moses, not so much, yeah we get it. Even though Judeo-Christian societal norms were among the walking people of this earth some 600-hundred years before this mutt by the name of mohammad came along a muckn’ mess out of the norms. AntiSemitism is “their prefered Target” for the ill’s that infect them, self made and them along. Who else has come along since with such greivences towards one peoples, who? None other then the so-called religion of pieces. I’d hate to blow this report out of the water so to speak, but “ignorances” is the very reason for the target, it’s that simple, really it is.

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