Paper $30.00 ISBN: 9780745320908 Published September 2004 For Sale in All Americas and the Caribbean except Canada
Cloth $95.00 ISBN: 9780745320915 Published September 2004 For Sale in All Americas and the Caribbean except Canada

Jewish Fundamentalism in Israel

Israel Shahak

Jewish Fundamentalism in Israel

Israel Shahak

Distributed for Pluto Press

208 pages | 5.31496 x 8.46457
Paper $30.00 ISBN: 9780745320908 Published September 2004 For Sale in All Americas and the Caribbean except Canada
Cloth $95.00 ISBN: 9780745320915 Published September 2004 For Sale in All Americas and the Caribbean except Canada

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.

Contents

Preface

New Introduction

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

Glossary

Notes

Bibliography

Index

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