BBC says Shlomo Sand’s The Invention of the Jewish People is “an international news story”

Shlomo Sand, author of The Invention of the Jewish People, was interviewed on the BBC World Service’s News Hour last night. In an e-mail exchange between Sand’s UK publicist and the producer of last night’s programme, it was emphasised that the BBC were “interviewing Mr Sand on the basis that the controversy over his book is an international news story.”



‘The Invention of the Jewish People’ has now been translated into more languages than any other Israeli history book. Currently the book is available in 3 languages (Hebrew, French, and published just this week, English), and in 2 months time the book will be translated into Japanese, Russian, Portuguese, German, Italian, Arabic, Turkish and Indonesian. In Indonesia, the biggest Muslim country in the world, the translator has just finished translating The Bible, and is now starting work on The Invention of the Jewish People.


Professor Sand will be speaking at SOAS in London  tonight at 6.30. Lecture details here (

Listen to Shlomo Sand on BBC World Service News Hour here (

Watch Kirsty Lang interview Shlomo Sand on BBC World News Today here (

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