Reviews

“Shlomo Sand has written a remarkable book. In cool, scholarly prose he has, quite simply, normalized Jewish history. In place of the implausible myth of a unique nation with a special destiny – expelled, isolated, wandering and finally restored to its rightful home – he has reconstructed the history of the Jews and convincingly reintegrated that history into the general story of humankind. The self-serving and mostly imaginary Jewish past that has done so much to provoke conflict in the present is revealed, like the past of so many other nations, to be largely an invention. Anyone interested in understanding the contemporary Middle East should read this book.” — Tony Judt

Tom Segev in Haaretz: “One of the most fascinating and challenging books published here in a long time.”

Jonathan Cook in The National: “Shlomo Sand’s latest work has spent 19 weeks on Israel’s bestseller list.”

Morgan Strong in Consortium News: “There has been no serious rebuttal to Sand’s book, which has been a bestseller in Israel and Europe.”

Israel Bartal in Haaretz: a “learned, captivating study … certainly worthy of a serious discussion”.

Anita Shapira in the Journal of Israeli History: “a sharp, pointed polemic drawing on much varied historical material”.

Eric Rouleau in Le Monde diplomatique: “Israel shouldn’t be a Jewish state, but a democratic and secular one which belongs to all its citizens.”

In French

Shlomo Sand in Le Monde diplomatique

Jacques Julliard in Le Nouvel Observateur

Eric Marty on the UPJF website and Sand’s reply in Le Monde

Marc Riglet in Lire

In Hebrew

Tom Segev in Haaretz

Israel Bartal in Haaretz

Yaacov Shavit in Haaretz, Shlomo Sand’s reply, Shavit’s reponse

Yitzhak Laor in Haaretz

In Arabic

Raban Halabi

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