New Book: The Sons of Pigs and Apes
“THE SONS OF PIGS AND APES”
Muslim Antisemitism and the Conspiracy of Silence
By Neil J. Kressel
Potomac Books, Inc. |ISBN13: 978-59797-702-9 | 288 Pages | November 15, 2012 | $29.95
From 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. He provides a huge amount of documentation, much of which is shocking.
Moreover, and contrary to conventional wisdom, the hostility that Kressel exposes is as much a cause as an effect of the Arab-Israeli conflict. The roots of anti-Jewish hatred go far back into Muslim theology and history.
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 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. He also calls attention to those relative few in the Muslim world who are genuinely concerned about fighting antisemitism.
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.
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