Jewish History, Jewish Religion: The Weight of Three Thousand Yearsby Israel Shahak
Israel Shahak, an Israeli Jew, born in Poland, incarcerated in Belsen and a resident in Israel for over 40 years, has produced an intriguing and controversial study of the extent to which the secular state of Israel has been shaped by religious orthodoxies of a potentially dangerous nature. While Muslim fundamentalism is vilified in the West, Jewish fundamentalism goes largely unremarked. Shahak claims that classical Judaism is used to justify policies that are as bad as some of the worst excesses of anti-Semitism.
'Shahak is a very brave man who should be honored for his services to humanity ... One of the most remarkable individuals in the contemporary Middle East.' Edward Said 'Shahak subjects the whole history of Orthodoxy ... to a hilarious and scrupulous critique.' --Christopher Hitchens
'The future of the Palestinian people would have looked much brighter if there had been more Israelis like Shahak ... An outstanding personality.' The Jerusalem Times 'Dr Shahak's courage in speaking out against the very foundations of the state of Israel, and his kindly, humane personality, have won him influential friends.' --Al Hayat
'Deserves a wide readership, not only among Jews, but among Christians who seek a fuller understanding both of historical Judaism and of modern-day Israel.’ --Catholic New Times
‘His message gets to the heart of U.S.-Israeli relations. It is not only Jews who should read Jewish History, Jewish Religion, but Christians as well.’ --Middle East Policy
Meet 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 Jewish History, Jewish Religion (Pluto Press 1994).
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