An Israeli Stalinist Professor’s War Against Israel – by Steven Plaut


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Islamist fascism has a problem.  It is that traditional Islam, and the Koran in particular, explicitly acknowledge that the Land of Israel belongs to the Jewish people.  The war of Islamofascism against Israel and its population thus directly contradicts the teachings about Jews and Israel found in the Koran itself.  The Islamofascists, however, have found a solution to this dilemma.  And they are being provided with this “solution” by a notorious Jewish anti-Semite.

Let me explain.

The Koran itself is extraordinarily clear about the status of the Land of Israel in Islam.   While in general criticizing Jews for their supposed sinfulness, something the Jewish Bible does quite a lot of also, the Koran relates in Sura 5:21, that Moses (a revered teacher in Islam) tells the Jews to “enter into the Holy Land which Allah has assigned to you.”   Moses adds to his people, according the Koran:

“O my people!  Remember the bounty of  God upon you  when  He bestowed  prophets upon you , and  made  you  kings and gave you that which  had not been given to  anyone before you amongst  the nations. O my people!  Enter the Holy Land which God has written for you, and do not turn tail, otherwise you will be losers.”

Elsewhere (Sura 17, 104) the Koran proclaims: “And thereafter We [Allah] said to the Children of Israel: ‘Dwell securely in the Promised Land. And when the last warning will come to pass, we will gather you together in a mingled crowd.’”   The founder of modern Zionism, Theodore Herzl, could not have said it better.

The legitimacy of Jewish claims to the Land of Israel is repeated in Sura 10:93-94:

“We settled the Children of Israel in a beautiful dwelling-place (Israel)…If thou wert in doubt as to what We have revealed unto thee, then ask those who have been reading the Book from before thee.”

The Koran also explicitly documents the existence of the Jewish Temples on the Temple Mount in Jerusalem.  Sura 17:7 records the destruction of the First Jewish Temple by Babylon and the Second Temple by Rome, and Mohammed never contests the Bible’s claim that the Temples were in Jerusalem. Indeed, the return of the Jews to their homeland after centuries of exile can be seen as the fulfillment of Islamic prophecy. Sura 17:104 of the Koran says: “And we said to the Children of Israel afterwards,  ‘Go live into this land (Israel). When the final prophecy comes to pass, we will summon you all in one group.’”

As noted by Prof. Khaleel Mohammed, from the Department of Religious Studies at San Diego State University, the medieval exegetes of the Koran – roughly analogous to the Talmud for Judaism – recognize Israel as belonging to the Jews, as their birthright given to them by God.  Two of Islam’s most famous exegetes explained thus: ‘Ibn Kathir said: “That which God has written for you, i.e. that which God has promised to you by the words of your father Israel that it is the inheritance of those among you who believe.”  Muhammad al-Shawkani interprets Kataba to mean “that which God has allotted and predestined for you in His primordial knowledge, deeming it as a place of residence for you.”’

From the above, one would think that Islamofascism faces a theological quandary in its attempts at conscripting Islam for a genocidal jihad against Israel and the Jews.   But Islamofacsists have invented a solution.  They can jihad all they want against Israel and the Jews, Islamic theology notwithstanding, because they claim that the Jews … are not the Jews.  If modern Jews are really not Jews at all, then Israel is not a country of Jews, and so Israelis have no rights to sovereignty in their own homeland as promised in the Koran.

So just why are modern Jews not Jews, in the pseudo-theology of the jihadis?  Because the Islamofascists are recycling the old mythology about European Jews or “Ashkenazim” being nothing more than converted Khazars.  And the new guru of the “Jews-Not-Being-Jews” hoax is none other than Tel Aviv University history professor Shlomo Sand.

To explain this mind-numbing development, let’s take a few steps back.  Yes, there was indeed a Kingdom of Turkic peoples living north of the Black Sea in the Dark Ages called the Khazars, and – yes – its ruling family and part of its population did convert to Judaism.  The Khazar kingdom was largely destroyed by the expanding Russian kingdom in the tenth century, and anything remaining was destroyed in the Mongol invasions.  What actually became of the Jewish Khazars is unknown.  Some may have integrated themselves into other Jewish communities in the Middle East, Central Asia, and Eastern Europe.

Later a myth was created about the Khazars being an important component of European Jewry.  This myth was to a large extent the invention of the 1976 book, The Thirteenth Tribe by Arthur Koestler, a writer better known for his lifelong battles against totalitarianism in all its forms.  Koestler wrote his book largely in order to create interest and sympathy for Jews and Israel, believing the Khazar story would serve as a basis for respect and fascination with Jewish history.  In reality, there is very little evidence of any type, from genetic markers to family and place names, that there is any significant Khazar “blood” among Western or Ashkenazi Jews.

Meanwhile, Koestler’s public relations ploy backfired.  In recent years, the Khazar myth has been hijacked by Neo-Nazis and Islamofascists to invent a racialist argument against Jews being entitled to self-determination, independence, or a homeland in the Land of Israel.  If Jews are nothing more than converted Khazars, or so goes the argument of the anti-Semitic racialists, then they are foreign interlopers in the Levant and have no right to statehood there.

Now, as a matter of fact, even if the Khazar myth were true, and Ashkenazi Jews were descendent from converted Khazars (and – we repeat – the myth is NOT true!), it still would not make the slightest difference.  Jews never defined themselves in genetic or racial terms.  They always saw themselves as an ethnic group marked off by religion, tradition, and language.  Converts are just as Jewish as are those born to a Jewish mother and just as entitled to participate in Jewish self-determination.  And, to top it all off, most Israeli Jews are not even Ashkenazi Jews.

Meanwhile, the popularity of the Khazar myth among anti-Semites represents a return of modern anti-Jewish bigotry to the racialism of the 1930′s and earlier.

Nearly every anti-Semitic and neo-Nazi website denounces Zionists and Israelis as “Khazars.”  Web chat lists in which Jews defending Israel are dismissed as “Khazar usurpers” are too numerous to count.

The racialism once again in vogue holds that Jews would only have legitimate claims to the right of self-determination in their homeland if they were appropriately Semitic from a racial point of view.  Palestine is part of the Semitic racial lebensraum and those who do not possess the correct pure racial markings have no business being there.  Racial purity is suddenly the new basis for national rights.

If we take the racialist argument to its illogical conclusions, Palestinian Arabs have the right to exercise all claims to sovereignty in Israel due to their being true racial Jews, while Zionists are non-Jewish Khazars – racial imposters and usurpers.  But to make things even sillier, Arabs themselves are, of course, a mix of racial strains, with a particularly large Caucasian component thanks to Arab intermixing with Spanish and Italian Europeans, Caucasian Berbers, Vandals, Goths, and even some Vikings.

Lest the world dismiss “Khazar Zionist” nonsense as something as pathetic as the conspiracist “911-Truth” form of mental illness, along comes an anti-Semitic pseudo-academic from Tel Aviv University itself to lead the racialist charge against the Israeli “Khazars” and against Jewish self-determination.   Professor Shlomo Sand is a hard-core Stalinist and Jewish anti-Semite.  He was active for a while in the 1960s and 1970s in a tiny Israeli Maoist splinter named Matzpen.  From its ranks emerged an espionage ring of Israeli Jewish and Arab communists, who trained as terrorists in Syria and were jailed by Israel in the 1970s.  Writing mainly in French, Sand has built much of his “academic” career on churning out Marxist boilerplate diatribes.  He is a fanatic anti-Zionist and makes no attempt to hide his desire to see his own country obliterated.

Sand last year recruited himself to the aid of the Islamists seeking to annihilate Israel.  So the Koran says the Land of Israel belongs to the Jews?  In that case, Sand himself, a professor at Tel Aviv University, will recycle Neo-Nazi mythology about Israeli Jews being converted Khazar interlopers.  The result was Sand’s book, The Invention of the Jewish People, a pseudo-history published in English by Verso Books, a publishing house set up by “New Left Review,” specializing in communist and Bash-Israel “books.”

Sand’s book about Jews being a fraudulent “invention” is amazingly un-original.  If submitted as a student paper I suspect it would be rejected as plagiarism of the contents of anti-Jewish web sites.   Sand’s book has been hailed as ground-breaking scholarship by Neo-Nazis, jihadists, terrorist web sites, anti-Semites and communists of all stripes.  Serious historians have dismissed it as pseudo-academic poppycock, as fraud, and as little more than a comic book recycling of Neo-Nazi myths about Jews being Khazars.  Sand’s conclusions from the imaginary “evidence” about the Khazar roots of Israelis resemble those of his jihadi groupies, namely, that Israel has no right to exist and that Jews are not Jews at all, certainly not any sort of a people.  Tel Aviv University has won for itself the dubious honor of serving as home base for arguably the world’s worst “academic” anti-Semite, and has raised questions all over the globe about the academic standards it has obviously abandoned.

Meanwhile, we have grown accustomed in our 21st century to the bizarre collaboration between Islamist fundamentalists and far-leftists.  Even so, one cannot help marvelling at the spectacle of an Israeli Stalinist professor devoting himself so passionately to prolierating the myths required by Islamofascist fundamentalists, and by so doing grant them the means for ignoring the Koran itself.

  • bubba4

    FPM will smear a Jew two ways from Sunday if they think it makes their point. Here it is no different. It's not enough to say that they don't think that Sand's book is sound or even true….no, he has to be a "hard-core" communist who is conspiring with Islamic fundimentalist to topple the Jews….classy.I never heard of this guy, so after reading the article I did some research.<a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Invention_of_thttp://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Invention_of_t…..<br />"However, for Sand, that fear isn't justified. For him, the historical diaspora myth isn't the source of the legitimization for Israel. He believes that the Israeli nation shouldn't be based on an ethnocentric, 19th century, biological myth but on the promise of a better future, like the American nation"Here is the website for the book. <a href="http://inventionofthejewishpeople.com/http://inventionofthejewishpeople.com/<br />There are interviews if you care enough to bother. Sand defends Israel's right to exist and answers critics without calling anyone a Nazi. In any case, it is a historical matter, not a religious one and after reading the link in the article "Serious historians have dismissed it"…I have heard enough about "collective memory" and other faith based proofs that Sands is incorrect.Are we suppose to care anyway about who these different groups claim god gave the land to? You can't fight crazy with crazy.

    • LBJeffries

      "I did some research."
      Research? You read a wikipedia article, for crying out loud!

  • arthurcohn

    The myth of the Khazars being the ancestors of Ashkenazic Jewery did not start with Koestler. The myth was a favorite talking point of the Saudi ambassador to the UN in the '40's

  • gang ho

    Sand's membership in Stalinist HADASH and in Maoist MATZPEN cannot be mentioned? And has no relevance?

  • Robert Bernier

    The Quran, the Jews and the “Palestinians”.
    It is well documented in the Quran that the term “Israel” or “Children of Israel” refers to the twelve sons of Jacob and their descendants. The Quran also prophesies the State of Israel in 1948 in surah 17 verse 104 when Allah would gather the “Children of Israel” out of various nations and return them to their land from exile. Palestinians are anti-Mohammed, anti-Quran and definitely anti-Allah. Allah will curse the Palestinians for interfering in his will for the Jews. The land of Israel belongs to the Jews. Palestinians have to leave the land and go to the surrounding Arab nations. As to modern legitimacy :
    http://israelagainstterror.blogspot.com/2009/02

  • jimmyo

    Aside from the absurdity of using Wikipedia as a serious scholarly source, and the even greater absurdity of using the book's own marketing site to praise the book, it should be noted that – like many items about the Middle East on Wikipedia – the entry about Sand and his book was written by a far-leftist anti-Semite who stalks Wikipedia and systematically distorts items about Israel and Jews.

  • abrahamstubenhaus

    Stalinists are those people who follow in the path of Stalin. This “professor” is so typical of the ordinary Jewish Jew hater. There are a few of that kind but they stand out like wet bear droppings on a dry log. We all know who they are and more importantly, what they are.
    Clearly this Sand guy is in desperate need of attention which is true of the other easily anticipated quirks of narcissism. Being self involved, he is forced to stand out and away from his group or else he fears anonymity. Like Stalin, he is so self centered and self focused, he actually MUST alienate the “masses” in order to maintain his “uniqueness.” This is part of the typical denial every narcissist uses while sacrificing those around him.
    There is no need to remind this insensitive egoist that Stalin was responsible for more than 50 million murders of his OWN KIND (Russians), because that is typical of how a narcissist operates; a parasite on the backs of others, crushing his OWN KIND.
    Too bad Professor Sand's mirror doesn't show him the reality we all see.

  • leib

    Stalin was a Georgian, not a Russian but he made himself one and surely committed all those murders mentioned above.
    Far left alliance with jihadist Islam is a function of the Soviet anti Zionist campaign of the 1970s which culminated in the 1975 UN Zionism is racism resolution engineered by Moscow and undergirded by its satellites and the Arab bloc. The 80s, despite Afghanistan, saw the alliance of Moscow (continued to this day) with the Mullah's revolution in Iran, with the sacrifice of the local communists for geopolitical reasons. Hizbullah and Hamas are now Moscow's allies as well.

  • bubba4

    “Aside from the absurdity of using Wikipedia as a serious scholarly source”

    Well, I'm not doing “serious” scholarly work am I? I was just jumping around looking for something he ACTUALLY said…and what the book ACTUALLY contained.
    Wikipedia isn't a iron-clad information source, but then again, what can you expect from an internet controlled by legions of anti-semites. Good thing they already came into this page and took out the quote of Sands saying “death to Israel” and where he detailed his plan for destroying the jewish state slowly by writing books.

    The link was there, because that was where that quote came from, not because I started and ended there. I wasn't praising the book. I haven't read the book. I don't care enough about the subject to give it the study it would deserve. What was on the page (and the reason I posted the link) was a video interview.

    I guess what I was saying in my last post…is FPM isn't content most of the time with the positions and feelings people actually hold. They are prepared primarily to defend against irrational hatred aimed at them for no good reason so that is how they pretend everything is. They do it a lot…

  • bob

    excellent article covering all the territory involved. My only possible question here: Isn't (or wasn't) Matzpen associated with the Trotskyist faction rather than the Maoist? I say this from my recollections of arguments with “Trots” back in the 1970s. Matzpen, if I recall correctly, was their “baby.”

  • bubba4

    What do you think it means? Where can I go see the information?

  • kevinbrook

    To learn more about the predominantly Israelite ancestry of most Jews around the world, see chapter 10 and appendix D in my book “The Jews of Khazaria, Second Edition”, published by Rowman and Littlefield. My book demolishes Sand's erroneous ideas. I prove that Ashkenazic Jews, Sephardic Jews, Mizrahi Jews, Samaritans, and Karaites are all related to each other. Khazar elements in Ashkenazim do exist but are small. For more information about my book visit http://www.khazaria.com/brook.html

    Also, Ricki Hollander recently showed how incompetent and biased Sand is at addressing genetics in a review at http://www.camera.org/index.asp?x_context=2&x_o

    I have studied the Khazars and Jewish genetics for more than 16 years. In the letter “Shlomo Sand responds to Simon Schama's review in the Financial Times”, dated November 21, Sand claims “no serious work concerning the origins of the demographic weight of Yiddish-speaking Jews has been carried out” in recent decades. That isn't true because I wrote a study of this very nature titled “The Origins of East European Jews” and it was published in the scholarly journal Russian History/Histoire Russe volume 30 numbers 1-2 (Spring-Summer 2003) on pages 1-22.

    Sand never consulted with real historians of the Khazars and Ashkenazim, and he never had any interest in doing real research. He simply started from a premise and tried to select ideas that seemed to fit into his preconceived views. He also has refused to debate the issues with people who disagree with him, both in his public lectures and in email correspondence. A true historian engages in debate and is willing to change his or her views if new evidence demands it.

  • antifascist18

    hang him high.

  • jimmyo

    Matzpen rather remarkably claimed at one and the same time to be Trotskyite and Maoist. But on second thought this is no more inconsistent than being bother stupid and retarded.

  • sandy Q

    Lots of dirt on Sand at http://www.isracampus.org.il

  • andyFree

    There are several major problems with these claims of ownership of the Holy Land. For starters, Moses was speaking 100s of years years before the invention of Judaism (which dates from the 8th century BC). And the Moses of the Exodus (17th – 13th century BC) doesn't exist, because there was no Exodus.

    Well, unless people want to believe religious fables of course. Muslims do a lot of it, so I hear.

  • ciccio

    I most adamantly object to the phrase:

    “Arabs themselves are, of course, a mix of racial strains, with a particularly large Caucasian component thanks to Arab intermixing with Spanish and Italian Europeans, Caucasian Berbers, Vandals, Goths, and even some Vikings”.

    Nothing of the sort! The truth is that after more than a thousand years of rape, pillage and kidnapping of any Europeans their incessant raids could get hold off, the Caucasian component was forcibly mixed within the Arab strain. In all the years the Ottoman slaves markets existed the Europeans always fetched the highest prices. Whilst the Arabs could never emulate the qualities of those they captured, they at least knew to appreciate it.

  • USMCSniper

    When any Jew becomes an enemy of his own people, or the state of Israel, or engages in false dialog against any Jewish entity, they are to be excommunicated, exiled, and declared persona non grata in Israel. This can easily done by passing a law in the Knesset and conveening a Jewish court to hear evidence from both sides.

    Once a self-loathing Jew has been excommunicated and exiled, they can no lonnger claim any association with the Jewish people or Israel. This will at the very least give the Jewish people that ability to point out that this individual has no official connection to Judaism, Jewery, or Israel.

    A people should never accomodate their traitors in any way.

  • sharonsj

    The nonsense about European Jews not being real Jews is a favorite of the anti-Semites and now the Arabs. The logic is completely irrational. The Irish converted from Pagans to Catholics many hundreds of years ago–but you don't hear anyone claiming they aren't really Christian. Only the Jews get accused of not being Jews, so you know the entire argument is specious.

  • sandy Q

    Hey Bubba, try reading a REAL book, not a diatribe by a Stalinist anti-Semite. You might learn something.

    Wikipedia is as relaible as Superman comics.

  • http://geoffreybritain.wordpress.com/ Geoffrey Britain

    “Tel Aviv University has won for itself the dubious honor of serving as home base for arguably the world’s worst “academic” anti-Semite, and has raised questions all over the globe about the academic standards it has obviously abandoned.”

    Of greater interest than Sand, clearly a hateful anti-Semite is Tel Aviv University's support for him. That support did not arise out of a vacuum. The faction(s) necessary to that support, within Israeli society are the real heart of the matter, not the Islamic radicals who latch on to the intellectually bankrupt notion you describe, nor a single hate filled individual. Hopefully, you will provide a follow-up article that exposes the social elements within Israeli society that seek to subvert and destroy it.

    We too in America have our groups whose mind-set is fundamentally opposed to individual freedom and the continuance of America under a representative democracy whose culture is Judeo/Christian. Israel is arguably, the proverbial “canary in the coal mine” for the west and understanding Israeli social dynamics may yield valuable lessons in combating those within America who seek to destroy her.

  • http://geoffreybritain.wordpress.com/ Geoffrey Britain

    I noted that you did not say that there is no evidence, other than the Bible's historical claims, which would have been objectively neutral. Instead you made the assertion that it did not happen which, is quite a different matter, as it is an assertion rather than mere skepticism. Upon what factual evidence do you base your assertion that there was not an exodus?

  • http://geoffreybritain.wordpress.com/ Geoffrey Britain

    How the mix occurred is genetically irrelevant to the fact that it did occur. Which is all that he was asserting. He never inferred, much less stated that it was voluntary.

  • http://geoffreybritain.wordpress.com/ Geoffrey Britain

    Yet we accommodate ours here in America. The problem is determining whose guilty of treason and considering what it would do to the country if we were to round up Pelosi, Reid, Obama, etc., etc. and try and execute them for treason. It would tear the country apart and quite probably lead to civil war. At best it would be a Pyrrhic victory.

    Then there's the charge of treason itself, which is the action of providing aid and comfort to the enemy in a time of war. During Bush's presidency certainly Reid and Pelosi were guilty of sedition, but besides the fact that sedition is not a crime, it is quite a different thing than treason.

    And before any suggest that we should re-institute sedition laws, they might reflect upon the fact that Thomas Jefferson and many others opposed sedition laws because inevitably the unintended consequence of such laws is that they eviscerate the freedom of speech and protest.

    Yes, they're traitors in spirit if not action but for the good of our fellow Americans, as confused and divided as we most surely are, we have to live with them. Defeating them in elections is the only positive way to deal with them and in the meantime we need to sharpen the axe of our arguments and reasoning. Websites like FrontPage allow us to do that.

  • bubba4

    So the only reliable source on whether or not Sand is a jew hating anti-semite who wants to destroy Israel, is a website that claims to expose anti-semites?

    Can't we just throw them in a river and if they sink they are innocent and if they float we will know they are anti-semites?

  • bubba4

    I didn't read Sand's book. Either did you.

    You must not have gotten the sarcasm from my last post. I suppose your “we expose anti-semites” website is the only place where I can find accurate information on what these people say and do.

    Or…I guess Sands, as a jew-hating anti-semite and part of the global conspiracy to make jews look bad, won't ever actually say how he really feels….right?

  • bubba4

    You're not suppose to have to disprove historical things. If you are asserting that something happened and the historical record doesn't support it, don't you have to “prove” it?

    The jews weren't walking around in the desert with a partially completed Bible that they worked on as they went. It is an anthology that was assembled later..by whom and when are both not hard historical facts.

  • sandy Q

    does anyone know if AndyFree has ever read a book? One without pictures?

  • shuckler

    Yo Momma!

  • bubba4

    Even after Bush you guys still long for a world where a President is one war declaration away from being a dictator who can lock up the opposition for treason.

    “Yes, they're traitors in spirit if not action”

    Yeah, well let's be glad that you have zero power and you aren't out there with a lynch mob, killing people for what you perceive as their “spirit” or REAL thoughts and feelings. FPM is a marginal rag on the edge of “conservative” thought designed to help push stories into the mainstream. Many of the “arguments” FPM produces are steeped in misinformation and cultic nonsense about how “lefty” is destroying the world. Thanks to it and other crazy websites and Fox News, more people are less informed about critical issues and direct their hate onto “lefty”. For some of you, it isn't enough to disagree with someone…oh no…they have to be pure evil, out to destroy puppies and apple pie and all you hold dear.

  • andyFree

    An event like the Exodus would have to have left evidence, and a great deal of effort has gone into finding it. Nothings been found. Not in Sinai, where there should have been a large population living. Not in Egypt, where such a defection would undoubtedly have left traces. As the archaeologists say (try “The Bible Unearthed”), the Exodus simply cannot have happened. Nor was there a Solomon's Temple, it's quite likely he existed but only as a hill-top chieftain, nothing remotely like the Empire he'd have needed for the stories to be true. Jerusalem had either shrunk to a small village or may have been completely uninhabited at the right time. The Bible has been very, very intensively studied, and the historical parts of it really don't go back very far.

  • karimguy

    You people are incredibly dumb. I actually read Sands Book. Unlike all the numbskulls writing and commenting on this ridiculous site Sand is a serious and careful scholar.He is a secular democratic humanist who wants human rights for Arabs and Jews and worries deeply about the future of Israel.He clearly affirms the right of Israel to exist.And I as a Palestinian agree with him. His only sin is denying that Jews have a commong biological origin.For that you call him a Stalinist?You people should be ashamed of yourself. You are the true Antisemites, maligning every Jews who deviates from your script of what a Jew should behave like.

  • shalomsalaamsalud

    Unfortunately the author does not attempt any explanation of what Koestler sought to define; where the obvious differences come from between these two distinct groups that we are told come from the same nomadic Semitic tribe.
    There's no simply way all those pasty pale-faced Europeans can be descendants of middle-eastern desert dwellers because the colors are all wrong. The nomads lived in in small homogeneous groups. The 'Jews' and 'Arabs' from this part of the world are from the same Semitic stock. They cannot even tell each other apart without first speaking aloud. I believe the name 'Sephardic' actually 'Spanish' or 'Spaniard' probably originating when the Moors ruled most of Spain for 800 years). The other (or, 'Ashkenazi') Jews are clearly of European ancestry.

    We know today that to have such dramatically different racial characteristics means different ancestral stock. HAd they been desert dwellers they would be much darker (as generally seen in Africans, Indians, Arabs, and Mediterranean and middle-eastern Jews and others who lived for thousands of years in hot sunny places) To say they are not descendants of the Khazars does not remove this obvious impediment to their originating from the same group.

    The reality of course, is far removed from all of this; that All religions are exactly the same and it is their believers and practitioners which vary as to the level of their stupidity . All believe completely made up magical things that have been handed down as fact. More troubling is that they pretend to know the will of God. Even if the Torah is much older or more beautiful or profound, (which it obviously is, in parts) other parts are quite similar: 'Kill, conquer, we are God's chosen people and this is God's will, and he feels this way or that”) blah blah BS.

    We should all try to rise above these very narrow (and completely arbitrary and random) religious and cultural stations and affiliations we are born purely by chance And think bigger thoughts that do not close us in and separate us into ancient and outdated tribes with primitive beliefs, but that open us up to the reality; that we (all living things) are brothers.

    Religions are the result of older (and so primitive) traditions based on culture, and ignorance of ourselves, and the universe. They sought to give form and understanding (an attempt at chronos from chaos) where there was none (like how the sun rises each day, why it rains, where we come from, and why were are here, etc. As well as to establish cultural and social mores.

    In practice and essence, no different than the red and blue bandanas the black gangbangers in LA wear to distinguish (and kill) one another. Itis how wwe know who we are. Our religious, or tribal affiliations are the direct result of chance by birth, (like red of brown hair) If I were born in Saudi Arabia or Dubai or Iraq, I would, mostly likely, be Muslim, as would you. In Spain or Ireland, Catholic, etc/

    One religion or tradition is just as meaningless (or meaningful in the hands of a true mystic) as the next. In the face of reality: life, the universe, science, and the mystery of being -which we all share in equally, religion simply crumbles like the facade it is to most people. It is used to identify, quantify and qualify. But before these real mysteries and much greater knowledge it holds no water to put one before or above another, whatsoever. Just bc the world is full of ignorant savages, thinking their god is the 'Only True God' and everyone else is wrong, or going to hell, or an infidel, doesn't mean we have to count ourselves among them.

    The writer is incorrect in stating that a convert to Judaism is the 'same' as anyone born of a Jewish mother. Look at Israeli immigration policy where this is a determining factor in who can immigrate. (or so i was told by an Israeli acquaintance).

    According to long established law and tradition, a person may not convert to Judaism. You must come into the world through a Jewish woman because only she (according to myth or law, depending on your take) is the embodiment of the Shechinah in this world. So this is a very exclusive club, no conversions or outsiders allowed – you gotta be born with this bandana. And then, if you're a boy, you get to have your genitals mutilated (incredible, primitive, barbaric? yes I know, but it goes on every day. For Jews it is as a symbol of our exclusive covenant with the great spirit, indicating that we alone are his 'chosen people.' (wouldnt make sense of any johnny-come-lately could simply join at their own choosing, would it? In fact, that goes against the will of God. And I know this is true bc my Rabbi told me)

    Muslims also mutilate their boys most sensitive (and crucial) of areas. That this is even be legal today in the West is astonishing, but it shows where we come from. (Do it to yourself if you like, a child's body's belongs only to him or her and no one else has the right to remove parts of it!)

    Re 911 being conspiracist 'mental illness' (how I wish that were true) But anyone can LOOK CAREFULLY at the video called NORTH TOWER EXPLODING (from architects and engineers for 911 truth on u tube) and see them being blown up. (or wtc 7, or the mountain of other established facts that reveal explosives at work)
    Then you would not be able to say such uninformed and incorrect statements. (unless youre completely blind or your goal is to mislead people from the truth/

    Shalom Salaam Salud.

    on the history of genital mutilation in boys:
    “Egyptian mummies and wall carvings offer some of the earliest recorded history of circumcision dating over 15,000 years ago. Ritualistic circumcision has been carried out in West Africa for over 5,000 years and in the Middle East for at least 3,000 years (Warner & Strashin, 1981). Muslims incorporated ritualistic circumcisions as a pubertal rite of passage into manhood among older boys.

    The transformation of this ancient ritual into a routine medical operation began late in the 19th century. This was primarily the result of several published works by prominent physicians of the time. They believed that constriction of the glans by the prepuce led to nervous irritation in other organ systems. Several published works cited “reflex neuroses,” puzzling syndromes with no somatic explanation, as being caused by constriction of the glans (Alanis & Lucidi, 2004). Soon the list of medical indications grew, and physicians in England and America began to offer circumcision for masturbation, headache, strabismus, rectal prolapse, asthma, enuresis, and gout (Gollaher, 1994).”

  • shuckler

    The above is fact-free nonsense. Not a single factual assertion in comment is correct.
    shalomsalaamsalud is clearly deranged

  • shuckler

    Karimguy needs to buy himself a nice explosives belt!

  • Joe Smith

    This creature does much harm to Jews and Israel. His work of fiction which is inaccurately listed as non-fiction was given a prominent location in my local Barnes & Noble.. Hamas, David “100 faces lifts” Duke and other Nazis will not doubt use this vile creature as an asset . They will say “Here is a Jewish “Professor” who proves their are real Jewish people .. Therefore, they have no claim to Israel. “. He is a professor of French history therefore he has no more expertise on the origins of the Jewish people than any Jewish HS gradute. He deserves and I hope he suffers from lead poisoning in the very near future which hopefully leads to his death.

  • Joe Smith

    The 4th sentence should read “They will say ' Here is a Jewish Professor who proves there are no real Jewish people” . I also want to add if there were ever a fake ethnic group it is the Fakestinians aka the Palestinians.

  • Joe Smith

    Karimguy
    To call you incredibly dumb is to give you too much credit. The scientific definition of an ethnic group aka as a sub racial group is a group which has a uniqure pattern of inheritance of diseases. For example , Tay Sachs disease is find overwhelming only in Jewish people. There are a number of genetic diseases which are much more common in Jewish people.

  • bluedogsrule1

    I'm not sure why Wikipedia is considered an unreliable source. They are chalk full of citations in which one can decipher themselves to be reliable. I believe any information in Wikipedia that can be construed as fictional can be challenged as well which separates them from many sources.

    I think it is one of the more reliable sources of information and I trust it more than any subjective source construed as leaning towards a particular agenda without citations.

  • karimguy

    Fake ?Fake like the Americans, a mixture of Italians,Germans,Spanish,Irish,Latino,Native Americans,
    not in any way different then Canadians.Fake like Israelis,a mixture of
    Athiopians,Russians,Germans,Yemenis,Poles,Indians,Bulgarians
    and with a fake official pseudohistory to boot.The Palestinians are the indigenous population and if Jesus had descendants they would in all likelihood be Palestinians today.Now go suck a Lollipop you fascist warmonger.

  • shuckler

    “Palestinians” are squatters from Syria who are illegally occupying Jewish lands.

  • shuckler

    Mad Magazine is a more reliable tool than Wikipedia. Esp when it comes to the Middle East, because a team of anti-Semites is distorting all the articles and giving them an anti-Israel tilt.

  • karimguy

    You know Shuckler, there is a reason why I call you people numbskulls.

  • maxfriedman

    Matzpen was Trotskyite in 1970. I covered one of their leader's talk in Wash. DC. for the Jewish Week. He was sponsored by a Socialist Workers Party front operation whose sponsors also included Noam Chomsky and I.F. Stone. Should be in the JW of June 7 or 10th, 1970 with a followup letter to the editor by a liberal lawyer who was a conference speaker, and then a JW editorial which ripped him a new one for being used by the Left.

    As far as I know, Matzpen has been evolving in its Marxism, much as the National Guardian did (became the Maoist-supporting and financed “Guardian”, and later it begat “Crossroads/Transaction”).

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