Hatred, Lies, and Violence in the World of Islam examines the torrential flood of anti-Israeli, anti-Jewish, and anti-Zionist propaganda that permeates many Muslim societies. Raphael Israeli locates the source of this anti-Semitic sentiment in the inadequacies and insecurities of Muslim states. By demonizing and delegitimizing Israel and Jews, they seek to eliminate a successful counterexample of their own failures, thus putting an end to their own "humiliation."
Beyond mapping the distribution of anti-Israel and anti-Jewish propaganda in the Arab and Islamic worlds, Israeli uses case-studies to illustrate the premises of this study: the Palestinians, who have a direct stake in battling Israel; Turkey, which now claims leadership of the Arab and Sunni Muslim worlds; and Shi'ite Iran, which provides a more extreme example of both hatred and disregard for fact and history while threatening to destroy Israel.
Israeli documents the worldwide collaboration between Jew-haters of all sorts, explaining the exponential growth of Jew-hatred on the Internet, with thousands of new hate sites added every year, outpacing Jew-hatred in the traditional media. He places anti-Semitism in a broader tradition of political lies and political deceit. In the final chapter, Israeli considers the possibility of reversing anti-Jewish agitation in Muslim countries, which he finds unlikely because so many of the region's regimes are built on foundations of anti-Semitism.
Table of Contents
Introduction: The Nature of Lies: Hoaxes, Wishful Thinking, Envy, Denial, Self-Righteousness, and Conspiracy Theories
1 Lies Generated by Hatred: Political and Religious Sources
2 Truth-Bending Propensities of Politics and Political Ideologies
3 A Sample of Manufactured Libel against the Jews in the Arab and Muslim Media
4 The Distribution of Lies and Hatred: Mosques, Education, the Media, Internet, Poetry, and Folk Songs
5 Distribution of Libel, in Defense of Lies
6 The Palestinians as the Arab Prototype of Lie Manufacturing
7 Iran: The Extremist Shiite Example
8 Turkey: The Non-Arab Muslims Entering the Fray
Conclusion: Are Hatred and Lie Propagation Reversible?: Summary Reflections