From Publishers Weekly
This is the story of how, "virtually unnoticed, and unremarked, a lethal hatred of Jews has once again come to play a large part in world events." Schoenfeld offers a pungent, well-written, argumentative analysis, drawing upon essays he wrote for Commentary (where he is a senior editor) and other right-leaning publications. Schoenfeld divides his methodical analysis into three geopolitical spheres-the Islamic world, with an increase of "a particularly virulent brand of anti-Semitic hatred"; Europe, with the resurgence of a physically violent anti-Semitism; and the U.S., where for the first time anti-Semitism may be finding strong roots "in... the left-wing radicalism that came to the fore in the late 1960s and 1970s." Schoenfeld carefully, if selectively, makes a disturbing, and at times convincing, argument that the past two decades have seen a volatile conflation of generalized anti-Semitic fury with critiques of Israeli policy. Schoenfeld's conservative leanings are evident-he mounts a strong defense of Bush's Iraq policy as a sound counter to Islamic anti-Semitism-and some readers may find some of his arguments flimsy or debatable. In particular, his dismissal of Jewish progressives-such as Rabbi Michael Lerner, Susannah Heschel and Marc Ellisas "a coterie of preening left-wing Jews" who play a "sordid role" in tacitly promoting anti-Semitism with their criticisms of Israeli social and political policy-will rankle his critics. Schoenfeld's book is part of a wave of new critiques of anti-Semitism. While more nuanced than Phyllis Chesler's The New Anti-Semitism, Schoenfeld's work is more polemical and will find a smaller audience than Abraham Foxman's Never Again? The Threat of the New Anti-Semitism.
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"An anti-Semitic contamination is now world-wide. This sad truth is brilliantly evoked in Gabriel Schoenfeld's important study. Necessary reading." -- Elie Wiesel
"Anyone wishing to understand the problems in the relationship between Europe and America today should read this book." -- Francis Fukuyama
"Gabriel Schoenfeld's scrupulously documented chronicle of the contemporary rise of an old disease invites urgent attention and honest introspection." -- Cynthia Ozick