The myth of the wandering Jew

Gilad Atzmon has a predictably excellent new piece posted at Palestine Think Tank; a discussion of When And How the Jewish People Was Invented by the Israeli historian Shlomo Sand, whom Atzmon calls “probably the most advanced leftist Israeli thinker.”  It’s a fascinating summary of Jewish history and the myth of Jewish exile.

Accordingly, the ‘Jewish people’ is a ‘made up’ notion consisting of a fictional and imaginary past with very little to back it up forensically, historically or textually. Furthermore, Sand – who elaborated on early sources of antiquity – comes to the conclusion that Jewish exile is also a myth, and that the present-day Palestinians are far more likely to be the descendants of the ancient Semitic people in Judea/Canaan than the current predominantly Khazarian-origin Ashkenazi crowd to which he himself admittedly belongs.  Astonishingly enough, in spite of the fact that Sand manages to dismantle the notion of ‘Jewish people’, crush the notion of ‘Jewish collective past’ and ridicule the Jewish chauvinist national impetus, his book is a best seller in Israel.  This fact alone may suggest that those who call themselves ‘people of the book’ are now starting to learn about the misleading and devastating philosophies and ideologies that made them into what Khalid Amayreh and many others regard as the “Nazis of our time”.

Here it is in English: “The Wandering Who?” and for Machetera’s Spanish readers, El mito del judío errante, translated by Manuel Talens.

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