Middle East Policy reviews INVENTION OF THE JEWISH PEOPLE

by admin on August 27, 2010

Leon T. Hadar reviews Sand’s bestseller in Middle East Policy:

“Countering official Zionist historiography, Sand questions whether the Jewish People ever existed as a national group with a common origin in the Land of Israel/Palestine. He concludes that the Jews should be seen as a religious community comprising a mishmash of individuals and groups that had converted to the ancient monotheistic religion but do not have any historical right to establish an independent Jewish state in the Holy Land. In short, the Jewish People, according to Sand, are not really a “people” in the sense of having a common ethnic origin and national heritage. They certainly do not have a political claim over the territory that today constitutes Israel and the occupied Palestinian territories, including Jerusalem.”

Read the full review here.

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zdravko mrsic December 19, 2010 at 1:36 pm

Re: The Invention, Verso edition 2009, page 50 („in order to assert their national ethnos, which had never had much of an existence“).
The book is excellent and I reread it now again. Unfortunately, both the Serbs and the Croats maintained their ethnos for centuries either in their own medieval states or under foreign rule, often divided by the borders of other kingdoms or empires. I hope they can now rightly exercise their sovereignty.

Michael Mann May 31, 2011 at 12:39 am

If Sands main point is that Zionist historians introduced a mythical conception of the Jewish People as an ancient race, then Sand is in error as to the law that validates a claim to national territory. The Canadian Supreme Court decision in House of Delgamuukw et al v. British Columbia states that the historical narrative of an aboriginal people modifies the hearsay rule of evidence and is admissible at trial in support of a claim to territory. Supreme Court of Canada decisions are cited internationally. The implication is that, while historical narratives consist largely of mythological content, they are evidence of historic events (however imprecisely accounted for in mythology) in territory once occupied by a national group.

On the other hand, there are no historical references to Palestinians, no archaeological records of them and no narrative to which Palestinians can refer except self-serving contemporary fabrications.

As between Palestinians and Jews, the Jewish claim to territory is superior.

GHYMSJ July 10, 2011 at 2:36 am

I wanted to say – leaving aside territorial claims – in Wittgenstein’s notion of meaning, talking about nation, what links different uses of ‘nation’ is a family resemblance – what nation means to Japanese isn’t exactly the same as what it means to English (and how many differences of conception there, too). Making an ethnic claim to root Jewish peoplehood seems abberant. The Biblical Ruth was a convert. The translator Onkelos was a convert. At the same time owning the family basis of peoplehood, Jews have a different universalism than Christians and Moslems. In theory anyway -I have felt the cold force of exclusion. And of course the different branches of Jewish peoplehood, a doubtless very messy historical assemblage.

mick September 5, 2011 at 6:17 pm

The best part is when Sand explains why blue eyes are not heritable and how the Jews framed OJ.

mikael December 11, 2011 at 2:08 pm

Hrmpf
Palestinians you say dont exist, a last idiotic statment that is so out of tutch with reality, my freind, that it makes me wounder.
But I belive that is the “freinds of Israels” last and as usual stupid, shortminded and utterly out in the Dark regarding Arceology.
Israel never existed, it was created in 1948.
What ever historical driwel pimped after that is just that, driwel.
No facts just lies.
BTW any world map, pre 1947-48 there is NO Israel and I absolutly recomend you to se for your self.
AND what name is the teritory, in your Famous declaration, the sole reason for creating Israel, in 1917-18, what was the name of that teritory, again I recomend you to do your homework and se for your self.
I know the answer is Palestina, but you need to see for your self, so the Missconseptions is berried where it belong, 6 feet under.

The ONLY conection I am able to see, in historical perspective, in reasent mtDNA sub clans are the migration of learned scolars in Talmuic/Biblical teatchings. That migration begun in the years 700-800 when the Khazars converted to “jewishness” or whatever.
That is the only blodline there is between the Midle East and Sentral Khazarian teriotory. And their family tree is also incl. Khazarian Kurds(PKK), the reason for the Masacres on Armenians, not Turks, but Kurds.
But you did know that, dint you.
What more is it that you dont know, the 6 million myth, a myth that goes back to late 1800 and was regulary pimped althe way to when it got stuck, 1960-70.
Weird isnt it.

Am I a anti semitt or “jew” hater, no, my consens goes to the Palestinians, the victim in this genoside.

PS: blue eyes, is plobably slavic origin, sice the maiorety today is Russians and Polich and so on.
Original Semittics, like the Hebrew people(jews) are geneticly exactly the same, but not the present People.

Everything I have writen is out there, just open your mind, and your a.. wil follow.

Peace.

Watcher465 December 18, 2011 at 7:11 am

Michael Mann the only evidence you have provided here is that you are a lying moron.Everyone knows that Palestine existed until the jews stole it. Israel has never existed historically until the land was stolen from Palestine. If you want evidence of that it is all over the internet unlike your irrelevant Canadian law.

OEIL VIF January 12, 2012 at 11:02 am

What SAND wrote is a foul insult to the real History. He found the best way to sell his trash!!!

A. Assayag January 19, 2012 at 5:59 pm

Watcher465,
you might be good in English, but certainly not in history.
Palestine was part of the Ottoman Empire until 1917. After, it fell under British rule until 1947-48.
Palestine did not ”belong” the Palestinians, there was no Arab or Palestinian state ruling Palestine before 1949 (when Jordan and Egypt occupied the West Bank and the Gaza Strip).
By the way, juridic decisions taken by the justice system of democratic countries, are very often used as legal precedents by tribunals of other countries.
Check on the internet, you’ll find many examples!

A. Assayag January 19, 2012 at 6:23 pm

Mikael,
Until 1918 Palestine was part of Syria.
”Palestina” as you call it was not a political unit, it was merely a vague geographical region without any definite borders.
The reason the Zionist movement sought to establish a Jewish state in Palestine, is because this territory is the historic cradle of the Jewish civilisation.
Now it is true that another population was living there, but as I said, Palestine was not a country. It was just an Arab region among many others in the Middle East. There was no border between them. By the way, at the time, Arab nationalists wanted to created one united state that would encompass all these regions. Thus, the Jews were just asking for a tiny part of this Greater Arab Middle East (less than 1%). I can understand that for many people, it does not justify the creation of Israel, since you see it as a violation of Arab territorial integrity. But Palestine did not belong to the Arabs. They simply could not invoke the preservation of their territorial integrity to refuse the creation of Israel. The Turks could have done it when Palestine was part of their Empire, but the Arabs had no legal argument to oppose the creation of Israel.

Mike Lamontagne June 6, 2012 at 12:18 pm

Shlomo Sand. You gotta wonder if the vatican illuminati/jesuits/& talmud synagogue of satan is hiring these people or if Jehovah is placing them supernaturally with their inherited intelligence. Something is peculiar – slow mo sand – Hourglass – In classical China, the kè (?) was a unit of decimal time. Hence gobleki tepe/angkor wat etc…..

Blake June 19, 2012 at 8:57 pm

@ Assayag: Hasbara propaganda copy and paster. Nothing justifies you being in 1% of the Middle East unless the Palestinians consent to it so forget your waffle its immaterial.

Rachael September 22, 2012 at 11:41 pm

There is great talk about respect being ‘earned’ by jews to non-jews. I keep saying they haven’t earned my respect at all and probably never will. I have recognized the false doctrine that has created entitlement amongst this current generation in the US as being of Jewish origin based upon a mythos. The mythos is that Jewish/Israelites/Hebrews were actually entitled to perform human sacrifice of children and have slaves of non-Jews/Hebrews/Israeites. It is raped up in an incredible mythos that dates actually to a ridiculous lack of ability to understand a different language. The language barrier is incredibly evident in all mythology of Judaic origins. I have found this mental make up apparently leading to the nurture of bipolar disorder amingst the ‘judaic tribe’ .

C. Bendavid March 26, 2013 at 4:57 pm

Blake, are you saying that the Jews shoud have remained a homeless nation because the Arabs refuse to give away 1% of the land they occupy?
What kind of morality is that?

I’m sure you’re the kind of person who believes that raising slightly taxes for rich people in order to finance the cost of medical treatments for the poor is immoral, and that those who can’t afford medical bills should die!

I rather believe that asking those who already have a territory to give a small part of it to those who don’t have any, is morally justified.

But still, thanks for exposing the morality of the BDS movement!

PS
I’m not a Hasbara agent.
I despise Netanyahu much more than you, since he is destroying Israel with the ongoing expansion of Jewish settlements.
I’m sure, however, that the expansion of the settlements pleases you very much, since you know that it just makes a 2 states solution harder.
Who knows, maybe you are the one who is doing Hasbara for Netanyahu!

George Rishmawi August 10, 2013 at 1:20 am

Regardless of the historical debated, which can go for ever
Nothing in the world can give the Jews or any other nation the right to commit such a crime against the Palestinians who lived on this land for ages. A state that is founded on false is false.
There was no Israel on any map pre-1948
Israel was only a biblical term that never referee to a state.
There is no true foundation for a Jewish state, and there is no future for a democratic Jewish state, it will continue to be a racist regime.

Steve September 24, 2013 at 6:46 am

To all Jews and Israel haters, what ever anti Jews, anti Israel comments and rhetorics. The nation of Israel and the Jews will prevail.

Markus June 12, 2014 at 2:22 pm

I’m a 100 % sure todays jews are a mixed european-semitic people, Ashkenazis are up to 80 % european on the maternal side according to some, plus maybe with some Khazar admixture. I’m unsure if it’s going to change the politic situation in the middle east.

Hopefully though, the extremist zionism will convert to a more civic national identity in the future.

Ralph trefry July 23, 2014 at 1:51 pm

Michael Man, Get on the conman sense train: If you say fish, I say what kind of fish are you talking about? If you say Jew, same parallel concept apply’s. Jewish prophets of the old testament were in Christ Jesus and murdered by the Pharisaical Jew up until they murdered Jesus, Gods Son and His followers afterwards. There is no legitimate Jew outside of Jesus and the Jews who believed in Jesus–are the Israel of God the Father. Example: Should I be so thick headed that I will look at quote Jews in child trafficking, pedophilia, porno films, perversion of every kind, ETC. and say, my! there stands Gods chosen people, a holy people, supreme to the gentiles and righteous? If you think I should, then we have nothing to discuss. The prophets of old spoke of Jesus and trusted in Him.

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