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A Century of Jewish Opposition to Zionism. Notes Bibliography Index. Sprache: Englisch.
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Titel: A Threat from Within
Autor/en: Yakov M. Rabkin

ISBN: 1842776991
EAN: 9781842776995
A Century of Jewish Opposition to Zionism.
Notes Bibliography Index.
Sprache: Englisch.
Zed Books Ltd

1. März 2006 - kartoniert - 224 Seiten

Beschreibung

"There's a crack in everything, that's how the light gets in." These words by the poet Leonard Cohen could aptly describe this book, which takes history as a witness to the exceptional nature of Zionism in Jewish history. It explains many points of discord between the political ideology of Zionism and what most people consider Judaism. It also shows how Jewish traditional conscience offers a hope for the solution of the Middle East crisis. The conflicts in Israel/Palestine acquire a different meaning when seen in the context of Jewish opposition to Zionism. This book has attracted Jewish and non-Jewish readers alike who find this story inspiring in today's world of mobile identities.

Inhaltsverzeichnis

Preface - Joseph Agassi Glossary Prologue
1. Orientation Secularization and Assimilation History as Battleground Anti-Zionists and Non-Zionists
2. A New Identity From Messianism to Nationalism The Birth of the Secular Jew An Incomplete Transformation Jew, Hebrew, Israeli Modern Hebrew and Secular Identity
3. The Land of Israel: Exile and Return Transgression and Exile Messianic Caution The Zionist Idea The Zionist Enterprise
4. The Use of Force Codified Pacifism The Jews of Russia: Frustration and Violence Pride and Self-Defence An Ambivalent Nationalism Israel's Victories The Roots of Terrorism
5. Collaboration and its Limits Resistance to Zionism in the Holy Land Rejection of Zionism in the Diaspora Relations with the State The State and Judaism
6. Zionism, the Shoah and the State of Israel The Catastrophe and its Causes The Zionists and the Shoah Miraculous Rebirth or Continuing Destruction?
7. Prophecies of Destruction and Strategies of Survival The State of Israel in Jewish Continuity Public Debate and its Limits Promise or Menace? Epilogue

Portrait

Professor Yakov Rabkin has taught Jewish history and the history of science at the university of Montreal since 1973. His previous books include Diffusion of New Technologies in Post-Communist Europe (Kluwer, 1997) and Science and Ideology (Routledge, 2003).

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'An extremely interesting and valuable book' - Noam Chomsky, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, MA 'This book sheds light on religious anti-Zionism, which, demographically and ideologically, represents the most serious threat to Israel as a State and as a collective identity. In fact, it is a more grievous and dangerous challenge than Arab and Palestinian hostility. The State, by increasing its achievements, leads the country straight into an abyss. To paraphrase Marx, one could say that Israel, by virtue of its spectacular development, is digging its own tomb.' - Dr Joseph Hodara, Professor of Sociology, Bar-Ilan University, Israel 'I can only welcome the publication of this unconventional book based on often ignored historical facts. It is up to us to draw lessons from it.' - Rabbi Moshe Gerard Ackermann, Director of the Nerlitz Institute of Jewish Studies, Jerusalem 'Yakov Rabkin has produced an altogether remarkable book that tells the story and analyses the ideas of the Orthodox Jewish movement opposed to Zionism and the State of Israel. I am enormously impressed by the author's historical scholarship, by his brilliant analysis of a complex literature and by the lucidity of his prose. This is an extraordinary book.' - Dr Gregory Baum, Professor of Theology, McGill University 'This book is fascinating. it presents a range of anti-Zionist arguments developed in Jewish religious circles that are practically unknown to the public. It is a solid contribution to scholarship.' - Dr Alain Bouchard, Professor of Theology, Laval University 'This is a capital book that comes at the very time that "the eternal Middle East question" demands new approaches that may defuse the crisis. This is why this book must be read without delay that the greatest number of people possible.' - Dr Charles Rheaume, historian, Department of National Defense, Ottawa 'As an Israeli patriot and as a philosopher, I consider it essential to integrate the discourse of Judaic anti-Zionism into the badly needed public debate about our past, present and future.' - Dr Joseph Agassi, Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada; Tel-Aviv University and York University, Toronto
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