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“Compared to his previous work, Shlomo Sand’s recent op-ed in Haaretz was relatively restrained.
“I don’t understand why all cats have to be called cats and all the dogs, dogs – and only one cat has to be called a dog…The ‘exile’ [of the Jews] is a formative event that never took place…[It doesn’t confer] on the Jews some sort of imagined ‘historic right’ to the Holy Land.”
This was low-energy Sand compared to the usual standards of the Tel Aviv University emeritus professor of history, whose writing has proved ripe for weaponizing by anti-Semites from Damascus to the Daily Stormer.
That Sand has declared that Jewish continuity and identity is a great deception, that most Jews hail from the medieval (and perhaps legendary) Turkic empire of Khazaria, not the Holy Land, that we have “a moral obligation to break definitively” with the identity of a “race-people such as the Jews,” AKA the “exclusive club of the elect and their acolytes,” and decried the Jews’ profiteering exploitation of the “Holocaust industry” that seeks to “maximize” its political and financial “capital.”
He has publicly declared he wished “to resign and cease considering [him]self a Jew” because ethnocentrism and racism are a function of Jewishness.
Shlomo Sand’s fame, or notoriety, has lasted decades, and shows no sign of ebbing. His piece in Haaretz was shared over 11,000 times on Facebook; his books are routinely translated in 20-plus languages. The only problem is one of his keenest fan bases is constituted by those with a marked distaste for, if not violent hatred of, Jews.”
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