Jewish fundamentalism in Israel

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Pluto Press, 2004 - History - 176 pages
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This is a new edition of a classic and highly controversial book that examines the history and consequences of Jewish Fundamentalism in Israel. Fully updated, with new chapters and a new introduction by Norton Mezvinsky, it is essential reading for anyone who wants a full understanding of the way religious extremism has affected the political development of the modern Israeli state. Acclaimed writer and human rights campaigner Israel Shahak was, up util his death in 2001, one of the most respected of Israel’s peace activists – he was, in the words of Gore Vidal, ‘the latest – if not the last – of the great prophets.’ Written by Shahak together with American scholar Norton Mezvinsky, this books shows how Jewish fundamentalism in Israel, as shown in the activities of religious settlers, is of great political importance. The authors trace the history and development of Jewish fundamentalism. They place the assassination of Prime Minister Rabin in the context of what they see as a tradition of punishments and killings of those Jews perceived to be heretics. They conclude that Jewish fundamentalism is essentially hostile to democracy.

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Contents

The Rise of the Haredim in Israel
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The Two Main Haredi Groups
44
The Nature of Gush Emunim Settlements
78
Copyright

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About the author (2004)

Israel Shahak was brought up in the Warsaw Ghetto and a survivor of Bergen-Belsen. He arrived in Palestine in 1945 and lived there until his death in 2001. He was an outspoken critic of the state of Israel and a renowned human rights activist. He authored the highly acclaimed Jewish History, Jewish Religion (Pluto Press 1994) and Open Secrets: Israeli Nuclear and Foreign Policies (Pluto Press 1997).
Norton Mezvinsky is Professor of History at Central Connecticut State University.

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