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  • Taschenbuch: 176 Seiten
  • Verlag: Pluto Press; Auflage: New (20. September 2008)
  • Sprache: Englisch
  • ISBN-10: 0745328407
  • ISBN-13: 978-0745328409
  • Größe und/oder Gewicht: 13,6 x 1,3 x 21,4 cm
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Shahak subjects the whole history of Orthodoxy ... to a hilarious and scrupulous critique. -- Christopher Hitchens, The Nation The voice of reason is alive and well, and in Israel, of all places. Shahak is the latest - if not the last - of the great prophets. -- Gore Vidal 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


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.

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5 von 7 Kunden fanden die folgende Rezension hilfreich Von Lothar Völler am 18. April 2010
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Israel Shahak wurde 1933 in Warschau geboren, überlebte Bergen-Belsen, kam 1945 nach Jerusalem, diente in der Armee, wurde Professor für Biochemie und ein vehementer Kritiker a l l e r israelischen Regierungen .Er war Vorsitzender der "Israeli League for Human and Civil Rights", der Palästinenser und Israelis angehören. Er starb 2001.

Die erste Auflage dieses Buches erschien 1994 mit einem Vorwort von Gore Vidal; die zweite 1997 (Vorw. Edward Said); die dritte 2002 (Vorw. Norton Mezvinski); diese, die vierte 2008 (Vorw. Ilan Pape, alle vorigen). Schon die Vorworte sind - weil inhalts-und lehrreich - sehr lesenswert..Die ethnische Säuberung Palästinas

Israel Shahak hatte es sich zur Aufgabe gemacht, das Ausland - vor allem die USA - über die rassistische, menschenrechtswidrige Politik des Staates Israel zu informieren. Darum schrieb er in Englisch. Er übersetzte auch Zeitungsartikel, amtl. Anweisungen, Briefe, mündl.kritische Äußerungen ...und - was besonders interessant ist - unzensierte , ungeschönte Texte aus Talmud, Torah, Kabbala, Haskalah ...
Gore Vidal: He was a humanist who detested imperialism whether in the name of God of Abraham or of George Bush.

Israel Shahak informiert: Israel ist laut Verfassung ein "jüdischer Staat". Nicht-Juden haben automatisch weniger Rechte, z.B. was Grundbesitz angeht: "The land which belongs to non-Jews is considered to be >unredeemed< .
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RIP Dr. Shahak 19. Dezember 2011
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This is truly a book that if every person on earth read, the world would be a different place.

Were everyone to read "Mein Kompf" I don't think many people would change their opinions on anything.

Dr. Shahak clearly illustrates the insanity of the cult of Talmudism. Religious Judaism is essentially a totalitarian society where every aspect of life is dictated by the Rabbis, many of whom fail to live up to any decent standards of fundamental morality. Dr. Shahak clearly illustrates why this cult thrives so much in closed societies and why the cult constantly desires to recreate closed societies where these Rabbis have absolute control over their followers.

I don't like religious fundamentalism of any stripe, but it seems clear that far too often this sect gets a complete pass.

I encourage everyone to read this book. You will not be disappointed.
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Shahak The New Prophet of Israel 8. Oktober 2010
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I couldn't resist reading this book. My three favorite American intellectuals Noam Chomsky, Edward W. Said and Gore Vidal have in one way or another recommended it. This in itself is high praise.

I find Israel Shahak's book a spring of fresh water in an arid intellectual environment of disinformation, propaganda and outright intellectual intimidation. For me Shahak is in the same mold as Jewish Prophets of old, warning Israel against a new catastrophe.

I do not pretend to the intellectual heights of Shahak. I can only judge the accuracy of the book by comparing it to areas where I do have expertise, namely the history, as it pertains to the Lithuanian, Polish, Russian and Austro-Hungarian Empires. The only portion of the book I found lacking was Shahak's knowledge of Petlura's government of Ukraine during the First World War.

When I sent Shahak a short article about Petlura from a Symposium "Ukrainian & Jews" he responded in a letter to me dated June 1, 1999, quote..."I am sorry for my mistake about the regime of Petlura. Your evidence, especially the translated documents, is very persuasive and I accept it. If possible I will change the next editions" Jewish History, Jewish religion" accordingly."...unquote.

I found Shahak's book made me understand portions of the Bible which I had difficulty understanding. It provided the cultural context for an intellectual conundrum that I had in regard to the Old Testament.

The two conundrums are the ethnic cleansing condoned by God of the Canaanites in Deuteronomy and the other was the dialogue between Jesus and the Canaanite women in Mathew 15:21-28, where he replies , quote..."I was sent only to the lost sheep of Israel."...unquote.

It is only after reading Shahak that I finally understood the unchristian behavior of Jesus. He after all was not a Christian but a Jewish Rabbi, well versed in the Talmud with all of the cultural taboos associated with it in those times. He came to save the Jews and not the World. It was Paul (Saul), another well trained Rabbi who brought Jesus' reformed Judaism to the Pagan Mediterranean world and created Christianity.

This book is replete with insights that only and intellect of rigorous and highly developed moral understanding of History could deliver.
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A must read. 9. Juni 2010
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This book will merit either 5 stars, given by people without an agenda and who care to advance human understanding of the past and its mistakes. Or an obvious 1 (for lack of a 0, by the other end of the spectrum).

Consider that this book was written by an Israeli Jew whose family had lived for generations in a Jewish ghetto in Poland. Prof. Shahak had survived the Holocaust and elected to settle in Israel where he lived out his life. Prof. Shahak, together with historian Ilan Pappe ("The Ethnic Cleansing of Palestine") and prof. Shlomo Sand ("The Invention of the Jewish People") are smart, progressive, well-educated members of Israeli academia who understand that the present course of Israeli politics is untenable. These authors are the soul and conscience of humanity that separate and protect us from degenerating into the abyss of the primitive. Perhaps, extinction.

"The Black Book of Communism" makes for a hefty companion book to all of the above titles.
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Shahak is a courageous man for going against the conventional wisdom and speaking out for human rights for all. His eloquent thesis in this book gives him the moral authority to speak out on racism and racial superiority, easily wresting this mantle from the likes of Eli Weasel, whose shrill weasel words of 'Never again!' only apply to Jews. Shahak has the wisdom to understand that the Iraeli state's treatment of non-Jews as 3rd class citizens undermines the legitimacy of the state, which could lead to its dissolution.
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A superb "Must Read" book about Judaism past and present. 18. März 2011
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This book should be required reading in all schools and universities, and indeed legislatures! Written by a learned Jew (who is therefore able to say much that would not be permitted these days by a non jew), the book reveals much about the past and present nature of Judaism. Many historical and contemporary issues become clearer, once the real nature of Judaism is explained. In particular, much is revealed that cannot easily be found in non Hebrew language publications.

Other related books well worth reading are "The Invention of the Jewish People", by Professor Shlomo Sand, and "The Holocaust Industry", by Dr. Norman Finkelstein. Both written by respected and learned Jews, and so worth paying attention to, given the subject matter.

A parallel book on Islam is "Twenty Three Years", by Ali Dashti.

The last sentence of Shahak's book reads: "Although the struggle against antisemitism (and of all other forms of racism) should never cease, the struggle against Jewish chauvinism and exclusivism, which must include a critique of classical Judaism, is now of equal or greater importance."

Strong stuff!

Read the book and you will see what Professor Shahak is getting at.
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