Wistrich`s New Book On Anti-Semitism: It`s Not The Right, It`s The (Muslim) Immigrants

Robert S. Wistrich`s A Lethal Obsession: Anti-Semitism from Antiquity to the Global Jihad

is a
new study of an old subject. While the author
characterizes the massive account as
"from antiquity
to the

global jihad
, his emphasis is on

Jew-hatred. This book is a welcome
change from other studies of anti-Semitism. For the
first time, a
mainstream Jewish historian
post-Holocaust anti-Semitism ("the
new anti-Semitism"
) as a Muslim and leftist

Wistrich, a professor of modern
European history at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem
emerges as a fierce critic of both Islam and the Left.
Of course, he engages in the standard Politically
Correct denunciations of the
roots of anti-Semitism
and of

far right European politicians for being

He dwells too much on anti-Semitism in countries like
Russia, Poland, and Hungary, where it is really confined
to gangs of

vodka-sodden skinheads
and marginal crackpot
priests. In European countries without a significant
Muslim or Black population, anti-Semitic violence is
nearly non-existent. But chapters with names like
"The Red-Green
"Welcome to Eurabia"
make it clear whom

Wistrich blames for the current wave of anti-Semitism.

The author shows that Muslim
anti-Semitism comes directly from the
and from the life and teachings of the

warlord Mohammed
. Wistrich has no patience for those
that blame the Mohammedans` strident hatred of Jews on
the Arab-Israeli conflict and the

question. He uses examples like
Pakistan—a country

that never had a Jewish community
and never had any
sort of conflict with Israel. But anti-Semitism is rife
and strident in Pakistan and government officials
routinely make openly anti-Jewish comments.

There was also pre-20th
century Persia, the home of the oldest Diaspora Jewish
community that existed for

over a thousand years

Mohammed invented Islam.
Persian Jews were a very
traditional community of merchants and artisans with
little connection to European Jewry and no interest in

. This did not prevent the Shiite clergy that
held sway before the 20th century from
imposing an especially stringent form of
dhimmitude on the Jews,
whom they considered
"the most unclean
of the human race"
"the leprosy of
. This

obsession with ritual purity led to the
prohibition of Jews from touching the food and drink of
Muslims. Jews were banned from many Persian marketplaces
until the early 1900s and had to stay indoor when it
snowed or rained to avoid
the Muslims. This brutal oppression, which often spilled
into bloody pogroms, existed and flourished well before
the word
was even known.

Wistrich documents the long and
bloody history of Muslim anti-Semitism throughout the 20th
century. Wistrich describes the

Arabs` infatuation with Nazis
and then their
adoption of

Communist anti-Semitism
. The hardest hitting
passages of the book describe the current wave of

Muslim Jew-hatred in Western Europe
that is aided
and abetted by the Left—including leftist Jews.

France is a prime example of what
will happen to the Jews in Eurabia. Various anti-Jewish
outrages were perpetrated by Muslims and Blacks in
France during the last decade. In 2004, Adel
Boumedienne, a French-born Muslim of Algerian descent
butchered his childhood friend and neighbor, the
Sephardic Jew Sebastien Sellam, a successful Paris disc
jockey. Boumedienne attacked Sellam in an underground
parking garage with a kitchen knife and fork. The victim
was stabbed and slashed so brutally that his face was
disfigured beyond recognition. Right after the murder,

Boumedienne called his mother
I killed my first Jew. I did what God commanded me. I
had to do it"

The French media and even the
Jewish community quickly swept this outrage under the
rug. Boumedienne was declared insane and committed. The
French authorities decided that murder in the name of
Allah is a mere medical disorder that could be treated.

Two years later, another brutal
murder of a young French Jew finally got the country`s

Ilan Halimi
was kidnapped and

tortured to death over the period of three weeks
a Black-Muslim gang called
"les barbares"—the
Barbarians—that extorted money for his release from his
family and Jewish community leaders. The Barbarians
stabbed, cut, burned and beat Halimi in an apartment on
the outskirts of
. The Black and Muslim
residents of the building knew and

even participated in the torture.
Not one neighbor
called the authorities. Halimi was found tied to a tree
terribly burned and died on the way to the hospital.

The gang was led by

Youssouf Fofana,
a Muslim whose parents came from
the Ivory Coast. He fled there soon after the murder but
was extradited and sentenced to life. Fofana`s
lieutenant and the kidnapping mastermind was an
immigrant from Martinique. Other members of the gang
include an Iranian Muslim girl who lured Halimi to his
death and several young Black and Arab men.

The Salem and Halimi murders are
only the tip of the iceberg. Thousands of instances of
assault, harassment, vandalism, and arson have been
perpetrated by Muslims and Blacks against French Jews.

Suburbs of Paris
with large Black and Muslim
populations have been effectively made
through concerted intimidation campaigns.

Jean-Marie Le Pen

described the Halimi murder as

"a consequence of
forty years of uncontrolled immigration"
Intellectuals denied or downplayed the fact that the
murder was anti-Semitic. As Wistrich writes:

"Apparently, only Jewish leftist intellectuals in France could be blind
enough to believe that the relentless physical cruelty
perpetrated against Ilan Halimi was unrelated to his

In a stunning

, French Jewish

Esther Benbassa argued that
"labeling the
crime as anti-Semitic would aggravate relations between
Jews and Arabs in France".

The French Left has long been a
source of virulent anti-Semitism, often hidden behind a
veneer of anti-Zionism and solidarity with the
. The leading Holocaust revisionists in
France were products of the Left:

Paul Rassinier,
the communist godfather of Holocaust
revisionism who denied that the Nazis ever planned to
exterminate the Jews and

Roger Garaudy,
an ex-Protestant Trotskyite convert
to Islam and the darling of the Mohammedan world.

In contrast, Wistrich`s work shows
that far Right anti-Semitism in Western Europe is mild
at best. It must also be noted that in recent years,
far right
has not been implicated in any anti-Jewish
violence in Western Europe while Muslim anti-Semitism is
violent and is in effect the extension of worldwide

Le Pen`s

remarks about Israel and the Holocaust,
the support
of some far Rightists for the Palestinians and their
flirtation with Holocaust revisionism, are nothing
compared to the

pogroms perpetrated by Blacks and Muslims
excused away by their leftist collaborators.

Wistrich shows that many of these
leftist collaborators are of Jewish descent. His work
serves as an outraged indictment of both leftist
anti-Semitism and leftist Jews.

The roots of this secular, leftist
anti-Semitism are in the Enlightenment. Famous
Enlightenment figures like



Baron D`Holbach,

were virulently anti-Semitic and no
traditionalist Catholic Judeophobe could match them in
shrillness and violence. Further, for leftist
Jew-haters, a Jew`s conversion to Catholicism was not an
option—the Jews had to either be expelled or
exterminated. Anarcho-socialist philosopher
Pierre-Joseph Proudhon favored the extermination of the
Jews in

, almost fifty years before Hitler`s birth:
"The Jew is the
enemy of the human race. One must send this race back to
Asia or exterminate it"

Nominally or ex-Jewish leftists
were not far behind. Karl Marx, the son of a German
Jewish convert to Lutheranism

"loan-mongering Jews"
and called for
"the emancipation
of mankind from Judaism"
. Russian Jewish
revolutionaries expressed disgust and embarrassment
about their origins and vehemently denied being Jewish
or having any sympathy for the Jewish people.

In more recent times, a prime
example of a self-hating leftist Jew was Austrian
socialist chancellor Bruno Kreisky—"the
(marginal Jew)"
according to

[1911-1990] was compulsively

and had a history of genuflecting before
ex-SS officers and others whose roles under Hitler were
highly questionable. He also decried any notion of
Jewish ethnicity as
"inverted racism"
and acidly remarked:

"If the Jews are a people, then they are a repulsive
in an interview with
Der Spiegel.
Rightist Gentiles are made to run through a
politically-correct gauntlet for comparatively benign
comments, but there was no outrage about a Socialist Jew
viciously denigrating his own people.

In France,
Jews like the Trotskyite Michel Warschavski, the
communist Dominique Vidal, and the pro-Arab Israeli
expatriate Eyal Sivan either deny that Muslims and
Blacks could be anti-Semitic (they`re the designated
oppressed minorities, after all) or blame only Israel
with its
and the French Jewish leaders with
their unenlightened and reactionary
for the Muslims` Jew-hatred.

Needless to say, these same
intellectuals denigrate and despise the West as a whole.
They view Islam as a progressive force that will
liberate Europe from its racism and intolerance, just as
they formerly looked to their beloved Soviet Union.

Wistrich`s work shows that the

biggest threat to the future of European Jewry
Muslim anti-Semitism made possible by uncontrolled
immigration and abetted by European leftists, many of
them from Jewish backgrounds.

In my view, Jews must draw a lesson
from all this: only an alliance with, and support for,
hard right anti-immigration parties like the

Vlaams Belang,
Front National,
and the
will ensure their survival in Europe.

I have

that I see signs of a related rethinking among American
Jews. In Europe, I can hope that this alliance takes
place before it is too late.

Eugene irin
him] immigrated legally from the Republic of Moldova in
1994 at the age of 10. He has been published by

Front Page Magazine
, and
currently writes at

Alternative Right.