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The Invention Of The Jewish People
Israelis have long justified their claims to Palestine on a direct genetic link back to the ancient tribes of Israel. However, in his bestseller,The Invention of the Jewish People Israeli scholar Professor Shlomo Sand argues that the Jewish people never existed as coherent nation state but rather as a mix of groups that at various stages in history adopted the Jewish religion.
The following is an audio interview with Professor Sand from KPFA’s Voices of the Middle East and North Africa recorded on March 25, 2009 in which he discusses his book and how Israel advocates adversely affect the careers of their academic critics. It was first published here back in April, but I have decided to post it again considering that this issue will not lose its relevance as long as an ethnocracy remains in I-P. Khalil Bendib, the interviewer, is one of the world’s best political cartoonists, who, like Steve Bell, always cuts through the spin and propaganda with a few strokes of his pen.
I am a Lecturer in Digital Journalism at the University of Stirling and a former research fellow at the University of Denver’s Center for Middle East Studies. I am the author of The Road to Iraq: The Making of a Neoconservative War (Edinburgh University Press, 2014). I write for The Observer, The Nation, The Daily Beast, Los Angeles Review of Books, The Atlantic, The New Republic, Al Jazeera, Dissent, The National, VICE News, Huffington Post, In These Times, Le Monde Diplomatique, Die Tageszeitung (TAZ), Adbusters, Guernica, London Review of Books (Blog), The New Arab, Bella Caledonia, Asia Times, IPS News, Medium, Political Insight, The Drouth, Canadian Dimension, Tanqeed, Variant, etc. I have appeared as an on-air analyst on Al Jazeera, the BBC, TRT World, RAI TV, Radio Open Source with Christopher Lydon, Alternative Radio with David Barsamian and several Pacifica Radio channels.
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