Posts Tagged ‘Shlomo Sand’
“The Invention of the Jewish People”, has been a best selling book in Israel, it is written by an Israeli professor, and chronicles how most of the people today who regard themselves as Jews are actually descendents of people who converted (often en masse via their rulers) to Judaism.
Arthur Koestler’s book: “The 13th Tribe” was the first book on the subject (now out of print), after publishing the book he and his wife were found dead, while labeled ‘suicides’, there have been many an accusatory finger at suspicious deaths.
An expert on European history at Tel Aviv University, Sand drew on extensive historical and archaeological research to support not only this claim but several more — all equally controversial. Source
A little background info:
TEL AVIV // No one is more surprised than Shlomo Sand that his latest academic work has spent 19 weeks on Israel’s bestseller list – and that success has come to the history professor despite his book challenging Israel’s biggest taboo.
Dr Sand argues that the idea of a Jewish nation – whose need for a safe haven was originally used to justify the founding of the state of Israel – is a myth invented little more than a century ago. Source
Thursday, October 09, 2008
The myth of the ‘Jewish people’
Jonathan Cook describes (or here) the Israeli best seller When and How Was the Jewish People Invented? There does not appear to have been any serious attempt to refute the main points made by its author, Shlomo Sand (who waited until he was a professor to publish the book, as “There is a price to be paid in Israeli academia for expressing views of this sort.”):
- the idea that Jews existed as a people separate from their religion is completely new, with no basis in Jewish thought, and was created by Zionist ideologues in the nineteenth centur[...]
- the kingdoms of David and Solomon are legends;
- there never was an exile as the Romans did not exile people and all evidence shows that the Jews stayed on their lands[...]
- the idea of exile may have come from early Christians, [...]
- the modern Zionist idea of Jews being obligated to return from exile to the Promised Land was entirely alien to Judaism,[...]
- most of today’s Jews have no historical connection to Israel;
“It is not taught in Israeli schools but most of the early Zionist leaders, including David Ben Gurion [Israel's first prime minister], believed that the Palestinians were the descendants of the area’s original Jews.