Jewish Fundamentalism in Israel
Acclaimed writer and human rights campaigner Israel Shahak was, up until 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.
Israel Shahak (1933-2001) was a resident of the Warsaw Ghetto and a survivor of Bergen-Belsen. He arrived in Palestine in 1945 and lived there for the rest of his life. He was an outspoken critic of the state of Israel and a human rights activist. He was also the author of the highly acclaimed Jewish Fundamentalism in Israel (Pluto, 2004) and Jewish History, Jewish Religion (Pluto, 2008).
Norton Mezvinsky is Professor of History at Central Connecticut State University. He is the co-author of Jewish Fundamentalism in Israel (Pluto Press, 1999).
1. Jewish Fundamentalism Within Jewish Society
2. The Rise of the Haredim in Israel
3. The Two Main Haredi Groups
4. The National Religious Party and the Religious Settlers
5. The Nature of Gush Emunim Settlements
6. The Real Significance of Baruch Goldstein
7. The Religious Background of Rabin’s Assassination
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