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Jihad and Jew-Hatred: Islamism, Nazism and the Roots of 9/11 1st Edition

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"Heir to the tradition of Critical Theory...Kuentzel's forcefully argued presentation stretches from the origins of twentieth-century Islamism, with the founding of the Muslim Brotherhood in 1928, to the worldwide wave of anti-Semitism that followed the 9/11 attacks....Reading jihadist anti-Semitism through the lens of German history and intellectual traditions, Kuentzel sheds important light on the category of 'Islamofacism.' While he does not dwell on the terminological debate, his treatment is a compelling response to politically correct efforts to prohibit the term....Jihad and Jew-Hatred adds enormously to our understanding of the roots of contemporary terrorism and challenges us to think through the political substance of the contemporary discourse on terror, the war on terror, and the Middle East." --Russell Berman, Telos

"Matthew Kuentzel, a German researcher, tries in Jihad and Jew-Hatred to trace the lineage of current Muslim anti-Semitism and to assess its place in the weltanschauung of contemporary global jihadists. And while a bit thin and sloppy in his research, Kuentzel is grimly illuminating. What he argues is this: To the pristine layer of Muslim anti-Semitism that sprang from the rejection of Muhammad by the Jewish tribes in 7th century Arabia...was added, during the 1930s and the 1940s, a new layer of Jew-hatred rooted in Nazism....Subsequently, there was anti-Semitic cross-fertilization between the Islamists and nationalists.... Israel has for years been at pains to dismiss the 'Palestine' (and anti-Semitic) motivations of global jihadists. But Kuentzel argues that al-Qaida's assault on the West, first announced in 1998, was and is primarily driven by anti-Semitism. Bin Laden identifies the West/America with 'the Jews' and postulates that ,the Jews are determined to achieve world domination'." --Benny Morris, Il Sole 24 Ore

"Kuentzel presents an interpretation of events that differs from the conventional wisdom. His view seems to be the correct one. As opposed to the illusion of the Israeli establishment, which maintains that the 9/11 attack brought about greater understanding of Israel's problems and raised international awareness of terrorism, Kuentzel argues that 9/11 fostered a tsunami of Jew-hatred....Jihad and Jew-Hatred is perhaps the most important work written in the wake of 9/11. One would have expected similar books to appear in Israel, but this did not happen. Therefore, it is imperative that Kuentzel's book be translated into Hebrew and widely distributed as soon as possible so as to extricate Israelis from the collective amnesia regarding both Egypt since the signing of the peace treaties nearly thirty years ago and the PLO and the Palestinians since the Oslo accords of 1993....Whoever wishes to know the future should learn about the past the Kuentzel exposes in Jihad and Jew-Hatred. This book challenges the views of the Western and Israeli elites who are in charge of thought control and molding public opinion." --Amnon Lord, Jewish Political Studies Review

"What animates Mr. Kuentzel's understandable fury is that although Nazi ideology was stamped out in Europe after 1945, it has continued to work its poisonous mission in the Muslim world. He cites Nazi influence on the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt, which transformed that nation from one where Jews were respected and influential to on where they had no place.... Mr. Kuentzel draws a clear line from Nazi Berlin to September 11. If there is any comfort to be gained from this book, it is in its author's righteous indignation, informed as it is by what he has learned from his own nation's ability to reject and try to atone for its terrible past." --Martin Rubin, The Washington Times

"Kuentzel's method is a dialectical masterpiece; he is a social scientist who pursues connections. The suicide attacks of the intifada in Israel are, for Kuentzel, inherently linked to the attacks in America on September 11. That explains his remedy for fighting anti-Semitism: 'Whoever does not want to combat anti-Semitism . . . hasn't the slightest chance of beating Islamism.' Kuentzel is in many ways the modern successor to Paul Merker, a rare voice in Germany, who, like Merker's view of Arab princes as embodying 'reactionary interests,' shifts the terms of the discussion to anti-Jewish ideology as the sine qua non of understanding radical political Islam, its destructive energy and its social and political violence." --Benjamin Weinthal, Haaretz

"The pundits in particular would benefit immensely from reading Jihad and Jew-Hatred: Islamism, Nazism and the Roots of 9/11 by Matthias Kuentzel.... The book definitely dispels the myth that Arab/Muslim anti-Semitism is purely a consequence of the current Middle East conflict with its recounting of the career of Amin al-Husseini, the British appointed grand mufti of Jerusalem.... Kuentzel's book makes a powerful case that irrespective of whatever anger might be justifiable provoked by any specific Israeli (or American) action, it is not the particular instance of 'escalation' that gives rise to anti-Semitism but a preexistent, virulent anti-Semitic ideology that repeatedly escalates the conflict.... Kuentzel's Jihad and Jew-Hatred is a salutary reminder that policymakers and analysts alike would do well to discard any illusions they may have that, by themselves, the right mix of political concessions negotiated by presumably rational statesmen will extinguish the fires of anti-Semitism that have been stoked for so long in certain quarters of the Arab-Muslim world. Only when the full implications of the ideological dimensions of Islamism, including its congenital anti-Semitism, are acknowledged and confronted can one even begin to sketch out a 'road map for peace' that would be realistic in any meaningful way." --J. Peter Pham, American Foreign Policy Interests

"The small, independent Telos Press deserves kudos for publishing this book by a German historian little known in America. Kuentzel takes Islamic theology seriously, which is why his book is so deeply informative. His Jihad and Jew-Hatred is a compelling historical accound of how modern Islamic extremism has been informed by the anti-Semitism of the Third Reich. Better than anyone before him, Kuentzel makes sense the deep and entangling historical ties between European National Socialism and the Muslim Brotherhood." --Fred Siegel, City Journal

"The German scholar Matthias Kuentzel . . . takes anti-Semitism, and in particular its most potent current strain, Muslim anti-Semitism, very seriously indeed. His bracing, even startling, book, Jihad and Jew-Hatred (translated by Colin Meade), reminds us that it is perilous to ignore idiotic ideas if these idiotic ideas are broadly, and fervently, believed. . . . Kuentzel is right to state that we are witnessing a terrible explosion of anti-Jewish hatred in the Middle East, and he is right to be shocked. His invaluable contribution, in fact, is his capacity to be shocked, by the rhetoric of hate and by its consequences. The former Hamas leader Abdel Aziz Rantisi once told me that 'the question is not what the Germans did to the Jews, but what the Jews did to the Germans.' The Jews, he said, deserved their punishment. Kuentzel argues that we should see men like Rantisi for what they are: heirs to the mufti, and heirs to the Nazis." --Jeffrey Goldberg, New York Times

About the Author

Matthias Kuentzel, born in 1955, is a political scientist in Hamburg, Germany. He has served as senior advisor for the German Green Party caucus in the Bundestag, and is currently a Research Associate at the Vidal Sassoon International Center for the Study of Antisemitism at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem as well as a member of the Board of Directors of Scholars for Peace in the Middle East. Kuentzel's essays about Islamism and Antisemitism have been published in The New Republic, Policy Review, The Weekly Standard, The Wall Street Journal, and Telos, and they have been translated into ten languages.

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  • Paperback: 180 pages
  • Publisher: Telos Press Publishing; 1 edition (November 1, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0914386395
  • ISBN-13: 978-0914386391
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 6 x 9 inches
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
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By Seth J. Frantzman HALL OF FAME on January 8, 2008
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This book begins by challenging us to examine the roots of Islamism and its anti-semitism. Most have denied that anti-semitism exists in Islam. But the truth is quite startling. The origins of Islam were full of anti-semitic tractates comparing Jews to dogs and encouring the extermination of the Jewish tribes of Arabia. But then a long lull set in. However with the fall of the Ottoman empire Islamism began blaming 'closet Jews' for creating a secular Turkey and Ataturk was seen as a descendant of Jews who converted to Islam.

In Hitler's Germany the dissemination continued with Mien Kampf translated to Arabic and Nazi propoganda in the Muslim world encouraging Islam to wage 'holy war' against England and Zionism. The Mufti of Jerusalem, Hajj Amin al Husayni, was a collaborator of Hitler and helped raise SS divisions in Muslim Bosnia and Albania. Some of these men also fought against Israel in 1948. But Muslim anti-semitism grew from their as former Nazis found refuge in Syria and Cairo. In BAghdad in 1941 the Arab nationalists had become enthralled with Nazism and the Ba'ath party was based on Nazi ideology.

Later Islamism became entranced with Nazism because it could use this ideology against Israel. Hamas leaders read the Protocols of the Elders of Zionism and while they referred to Israel in the press as a 'nazi state' they also denied the Holocaust.

A fascinating book that deserves to be widely read. The author is a German scholar who has finally connected the dots.

Seth J. Frantzman
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Mathias Kuntzel is one of the world's foremost experts on the Middle East. He has given special attention to the role that Anti- Semitism plays in the irrational ideologies of the Muslim world. In this work he shows how the Nazi Anti- Semitic ideologies have been incorporated into the whole pattern of paranoia that dominates Middle Eastern political thinking. He also shows how the those who have failed in modernization have made antisemitic ideas their means of shifting the blame away from themselves. Kuentzel stresses that for the Middle East to truly modernize it must make a determined effort to combat antisemitism.
Kunentzel argues that using Western modes of reasoning does not provide a sufficient basis for understanding Islamist thought. He suggests the suicide- bomber mentality is one which cannot be contended with by gestures of appeasement but one which must be rejected entirely.
In this he warns against the kind of Change imposed by Fascist Middle Eastern regimes and argues for the kind of change impelled by Western and democratic values.
He in other words makes it clears that the antisemitic regimes of the Middle East, and the Islamist terrorists are not simply the enemies of the Jews and Israel but of the Western world as a whole.
A truly outstanding and important work.
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Kuntzel's work is timely indeed. It is positive that such a work should come from the heart of "old Europe," as most most of us in the "new-world worry about "Eurabia," and the end of European civilisation on Europe proper. I couldn't fault Kuntzel's excellently researched book but was disappointed with the printing errors in the first edition English translation; which is not very professional for a work of this caliber.

Kuntzel almost alone in the non-English speaking world has pointed out the obvious. It was the Arabs (along with the Argentines)that took in Nazi war criminals after WW2 (some probably live to this day in Cairo and Damascus. A fact sadly overlooked by journalists and historians. The Arab and Muslim role in both the Holocaust (with the Palestinian inspired Bosnian SS division) and post-Holocaust anti-Semitism (one only needs to look at the books sold by Iran at the Frankfurt book fair or the words of their president, or the Hamas Charter) has been mostly ignored in the PC West. Kuntzel belongs alongside such intellectual anti-jihadi greats as Charles Johnson and Robert Spencer.

The book is well researched and well translated. It offers a disturbing window into the Islamo-fascist mindset. Muslim fundamentalism is Nazism with "race" replaced with "religion." In this paradigm Muslims' are the "Aryans" and all others are (to these Muslims) "Kaffirs" (Rejecter in Arabic, interestingly -and perhaps appropriately- this is the same word racist white South Africans use about Blacks). Like Nazism Islamism seeks to dominate the world. It divides the world into the "Land of Peace" and the "Land of War." Like in the Nazi worldview Jews are Islam's enemy number one to the likes of Bin Laden.
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Anyone with any skin in the game as far as the future of the world and the middle east needs to read this, otherwise you are plain ignorant when it comes to opinions on Israel, Islam, the middle East and the future of Europe and the US.
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Kuntzel's book brings to English readers for the first time, the extensive work done in the Nazi archives since the War, bringing to light the role of the Third Reich in changing the course of the modern Middle East. How did this extraordinary time warp, in which Nazism is still a living, breathing, dominant ideology in large parts of the Middle East, come to pass? Everyone who wants to understand the Middle East today must read this book.

To the reviewer who threw a fit because this book is focusing on the role of the Third Reich instead of Koranic antisemitism - don't throw out important facts because you have a different emphasis. Kunztel is not talking about ideology but actual history - what happened, when and through whose agency.

Before the Third Reich helped them, the Moslem brotherhood had less than 1,000 members - yes, that is one thousand - tho' they had been spewing their hate-filled messages for a decade. After the Third Reich helped them, they grew to 100,000 members in a few years and a million members by 1948. the Third Reich gave the jihadists (whose hate of Jews was indeed founded on the Koran) money, trained them in modern propaganda techniques, furnished printing presses, bribed and infiltrated the mainstream Egyptian press, organized mass rallies like those in Germany, forced the government to start an antisemitic campaign, trained the Koranic Jew haters in sabotage and armed them, paid and helped organized the riots in Palestine, gave the Nazi Arabs the most powerful tool of all - a radio station that mixed the Koran and Nazism - and influenced an entire generation throughout the Middle East.

Yassir Arafat, Abdel Nasser were personally trained by German Nazis. These are facts of history, not ideology.
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