New York Times on Sand and Jewish Origins

June 10, 2010

New studies in Nature magazine and the American Journal of Human Genetics have revived the debate on Jewish origins. The New York Times, Newsweek, and UPI, reporting on these studies, have placed them in counterpoint to Sand’s argument. In his new afterword for the paperback edition of The Invention of the Jewish People, Sand writes: After exhausting [...]

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Ha’aretz on Shlomo Sand and what it means to be Jewish

April 6, 2010

Shlomo Sand’s Invention of the Jewish People is mentioned in a Ha’aretz article by Matt Lerner on Jewish identity: Traditional knowledge holds that there was once a distinct nation of people who all practiced the Jewish religion, a Hebrew people with a common geographic origin and, in all likelihood, relatively uniform physical appearance. But there [...]

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That TLS review – Martin Goodman responds

March 26, 2010

Martin Goodman reviewed Shlomo Sand’s Invention of the Jewish People for the Times Literary Supplement, but neglected to mention that he was criticised in the book. Shlomo Sand replied last week, and now Martin Goodman has responded—you can read his letter here.

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Joel Shalit reviewed Shlomo Sand’s The Invention of Jewish People for Forward

March 25, 2010

In last issue of Forward, Joel Schalit‘s review entitled “We Are All Simon Schama: The Threat of an Undefined Jew” praises The Invention of the Jewish People, and reflects on the furore around the reception of the book: It was the year’s biggest helping of humble pie. Less than a month after a heated takedown [...]

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Shlomo Sand responds to Martin Goodman’s TLS review

March 12, 2010

Shlomo Sand responds to Martin Goodman’s recent review of The Invention of the Jewish People in the Times Literary Supplement. Goodman had neglected to mention that he was criticised in Shlomo’s book: The least one might expect from an honest book reviewer is that he inform his readers when he is himself the subject of [...]

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Frederic Raphael reviews Shlomo Sand’s The Invention of the Jewish People for Truthdig

February 24, 2010

Acclaimed novelist and screenwriter Frederic Raphael reviews Shlomo Sand’s The Invention of the Jewish People for Truthdig. Sand’s text has excited virulent denunciation in some quarters. My lack of expertise in its original Hebrew and in the detailed context of many of Sand’s quotations inhibits me from making any reliable judgment. I can say only [...]

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Watch Shlomo Sand talk about “The Invention of the Jewish People” for Reuters’ The Great Debate

January 26, 2010

Watch Shlomo Sand‘s contribution to Reuters‘ Great Debate here: In his controversial book, The Invention of the Jewish People, author Shlomo Sand challenges historical notions of the link between Judaism and Israel, and argues that there is no record of exile of the Jewish people. Photo: Olivia Grabowski-West

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The Invention of the Jewish People is a book of 2009 for the Independent on Sunday

January 19, 2010

Shlomo Sand’s Invention of the Jewish People is one of the Independent on Sunday’s history books of the year: There’s nothing retiring about Shlomo Sand’s The Invention of the Jewish People (Verso, £18.99). The outrage surrounding Sand’s book in Israel has positioned him as an enemy within, an arch-revisionist working out of the university of Tel Aviv. Sand’s [...]

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John Rose reviews Sand’s The Invention of the Jewish People and Shlaim’s Israel and Palestine for International Socialism

January 19, 2010

John Rose reviews Shlomo Sand’s The Invention of the Jewish People and Avi Shlaim’s Israel and Palestine for Issue 125 of the journal International Socialism. I’ll risk a prediction. Shlomo Sand’s book, already a best seller in Israel and France, will accelerate the disintegration of the Zionist enterprise. Of course Israel’s military force as well as its usefulness to [...]

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Eric Hobsbawm has Shlomo Sand’s Invention of the Jewish People as one of his ‘books of the year’ in the Observer

January 19, 2010

In the Observer‘s Books of the year 2009, historian Eric Hobsbawm selects Shlomo Sand’s Invention of the Jewish People as one of his books of the year: Shlomo Sand’s The Invention of the Jewish People (Verso) is both a welcome and, in the case of Israel, much needed exercise in the dismantling of nationalist historical myth and a [...]

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