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Jewish History, Jewish Religion

Jewish History, Jewish Religion

Jewish History, Jewish Religion: The Weight of Three Thousand Years
Author: Israel Shahak (2008, New Edition)
This book is part of Pluto's 21st birthday series "Get Political", which brings essential political writing in a range of fields to a new audience. Israel Shahak is a remarkable man. Born in the Warsaw ghetto and a survivor of Belsen, Shahak arrived in Israel in 1945. Brought up under Jewish Orthodoxy and Hebrew culture, he has consistently opposed the expansion of the borders of Israel from 1967.
In this extraordinary and highly acclaimed book, Shahak embarks on a provocative study of the extent to which the secular state of Israel has been shaped by religious orthodoxies of an invidious and potentially lethal nature. Drawing on the Talmud and rabbinical laws, Shahak argues that the roots of Jewish chauvinism and religious fanaticism must be understood before it is too late. Written from a humanitarian viewpoint by a Jewish scholar, this is a rare and highly controversial criticism of Israel that will both excite and disturb readers worldwide.
New Edition includes Foreword to the first edition by Gore Vidal; Foreword to the 1997 edition by Edward Said; Foreword to the 2002 edition by Norton Mezvinsky; Foreword to the new edition by Ilan Pappe.
About the author

Israel Shahak was a resident of the Warsaw Ghetto and a survivor of Bergen-Belsen. He arrived in Palestine in 1945 and lived there until his death in 2001. He was an outspoken critic of the state of Israel and a human rights activist. He was also the author of the highly acclaimed Jewish Fundamentalism in Israel (Pluto Press 1999) and Open Secrets: Israeli Nuclear and Foreign Policies (Pluto Press 1997). 

  • Paperback: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Pluto Press (2008)
  • Language: English


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