In Pakistan, anti-Semitism manifests itself in the form of claims that the terrorist attacks in Mumbai last year were staged by India and Zionists. This belief in Zionist or Jewish perfidy also shows itself in a widely held belief, not only in Pakistan but throughout the Middle East, that the Mossad was behind the 9- 11 attacks. Still other Jihadists depict the Holocaust as “divine punishment,” and advocate the extermination of the Jews.
Focusing on the spread of Islam in Europe, Wistrich faults European supporters of multiculturalism for acquiescing to the kind of “separate development” demanded by radical Muslim leaders, as the influx of immigrants from Middle East countries threatens to turn Europe into “Eurabia.” For Wistrich, terrorist exultation over violence and death is intimately connected to the “annihilationist” character of Jihadi anti-Semitism. Recent events in Great Britain, states Wistrich, have shown that terrorism and anti-Semitism can thrive more easily in self-segregated Muslim enclaves, wherein the “culture of hatred” continues to dehumanize Jews. In this weighty and indispensable book (980 pages of text alone) Wistrich leaves the reader with the unsettling conclusion that the defeat of Nazi Germany did not discredit the ideology that made the Holocaust possible. Rather, the same hatred that led to the murder of six million Jews is, unfortunately, alive and thriving not only in Iran, but throughout the Middle East, and in many parts of Europe.