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In Preachers of Hate, author and journalist Kenneth Timmerman examines an ancient hatred that, he contends, has developed into a new, more threatening, and more expansive form. This new hatred, or “new” anti-Semitism, targets not only Jews, but Americans specifically, and Western values, lifestyle, and freedoms in general.
Timmerman explores the roots of this hatred, examining its history, and the religious sources upon which it draws. He documents how U.S. and European Union money has been used to finance hatred in Palestinian schools and he exposes what he sees as the double-talk of Arab leaders and their supporters in the West. He documents the ubiquity and intensity of this new anti-Semitic message as it is conveyed by the official government-sanctioned Arab media, from the streets of Egypt, London, Lebanon, Saudi Arabia, Paris, and Gaza, and in the mosques where impassioned clerics quote verbatim texts like the Protocols of the Elders of Zion, a pillar of anti-Semitic hatred that originated in czarist Russia. As it so often was throughout history, he argues, this new strain of hatred towards Jews is really about much more than Jews, who in essence act as a clear and identifiable proxy for a seemingly invincible and monolithic America.
He contends that, besides Islam itself, the core unifying force in the Muslim world is a virulent strain of anti-Semitism that postulates the existence of a Jewish conspiracy to take over the world. Timmerman warns that to misunderstand the ferocity of that belief is to vastly underestimate the resolve of the Muslim world to repel America, Israel, and all things Western.
As America continues to reassert its role and power in the Middle East, Preachers of Hate is an essential book that reframes student discussions around a very complicated and ever-changing, yet deeply historically-rooted, set of issues.