The Myths of Zionism - John Rose

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The Myths of Zionism
by John Rose

"John Rose shows how this powerful political force is based in ancient stories and mythology: many of these stories, as with other mythologies, have no basis in fact. However, because Zionism is a living political force, these myths have been used to justify very real and political ends -- namely, the expulsion and continuing persecution of the Palestinians. Chapter-by-chapter, John Rose scrutinises the roots of the myths of Zionism. He separates fact from fiction presenting a detailed historiography of their origins and development. This includes an examination of biblical archeology, as well as a detailed exploration of Judaism's links to this particular region of the Middle East. He shows clearly that Zionism makes many false claims on Jewish religion and history. He questions its rationale as a response to European anti-Semitism, and shows that, if there is ever to be peace and reconciliation in the land of Palestine, this intellectual dishonesty must be addressed."

"A crisis stage is reached when the theories within the framework of the general thesis are unable to solve an increasingly large number of anomalies. The explanations become ponderous and inelegant, and the pieces do not lock together…This is what archaeologists have learned from their excavations in the Land of Israel: the Israelites were never in Egypt, did not wander the desert, did not conquer the land in a military campaign and did not pass it on to the 12 tribes of Israel. Perhaps even harder to swallow is the fact that the united monarchy of David & Solomon which is described by the Bible as a regional power, was at most a small tribal kingdom…" (Professor Ze’ev Herzog, 1999)

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The Second World War, which had Auschwitz at its core, had Hiroshima at its conclusion: ‘The dropping of the atom bomb was not justified as indispensable for victory, but as a means of saving American lives’ (Hobsbawm 1994: 27). In other words, live Americans depended upon dead Japanese. It comes as no surprise that Levi is one of Hobsbawm’s first witnesses in The Age of Extremes (Hobsbawm 1994: 1).1 page 146

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