Shlomo Sand’s intellectual bestseller is now available in an affordable paperback edition. Priced at US$16.95 and £9.99, this edition includes an all-new afterword in which Professor Sand responds to critics.


Leon T. Hadar reviews Sand’s bestseller in Middle East Policy:

“Countering official Zionist historiography, Sand questions whether the Jewish People ever existed as a national group with a common origin in the Land of Israel/Palestine. He concludes that the Jews should be seen as a religious community comprising a mishmash of individuals and groups that had converted to the ancient monotheistic religion but do not have any historical right to establish an independent Jewish state in the Holy Land. In short, the Jewish People, according to Sand, are not really a “people” in the sense of having a common ethnic origin and national heritage. They certainly do not have a political claim over the territory that today constitutes Israel and the occupied Palestinian territories, including Jerusalem.”

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Dissident Voice calls THE INVENTION OF THE JEWISH PEOPLE “earth-shattering.”

August 19, 2010

In a new piece today, Dissident Voice writes “Shlomo Sand argued with meticulous scholarship in his earth-shattering book, The Invention of the Jewish People, that the claim that the Jews of today are the ethnic offspring of the biblical Jews is yet another Zionist myth…” The full article is here.

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The Jewish Daily Forward discusses Sand’s book and genetic research

August 12, 2010

Deborah Nussbaum Cohen reviews Sand’s book for the Jewish Daily Forward in an article entitled “The Ties That Bind: As Scientists Explore the Genetic Links Between Jewish Populations, Rabbis and Thinkers Wrestle With the Question of What This Means for Jewish Identity.” Reporting on the two recent Jewish population genetics studies, New York Times science [...]

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Shlomo Sand interviewed by John Rose for International Socialism Journal

August 11, 2010

Shlomo Sand is interviewed by John Rose about his book The Invention of the Jewish People for the International Socialism Journal: You call yourself a socialist, a Marxist? Socialist, yes, we are living at the start of the 21st century, plunged into a huge and classic crisis of capitalism. Not only this, capitalism is very [...]

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David Finkel reviews Sand’s book in Against the Current

July 29, 2010

Shlomo Sand’s book is reviewed by David Finkel in Against the Current 146 (May/June 2010): As a preface to engaging with Sand’s fascinating text and with the controversies it has inevitably generated, let’s imagine for a moment that the arguments over the rights to the lands of Palestine/Israel were conducted on a rational modernist basis [...]

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Guardian reviews Shlomo Sand’s The Invention of the Jewish People – OUT NOW in paperback

July 7, 2010

Ian Pindar reviewed the paperback edition of Shlomo Sand’s The Invention of the Jewish People for The Guardian on Saturday 26th June. Full review below (not yet available online): The idea of the Jews as a single people or race is a myth, a fi ction based on Old Testament “mythistory”, argues Shlomo Sand, a [...]

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The Jewish Chronicle on Shlomo Sand’s shortlisted for the Jewish Quarterly-Wingate Prize

July 6, 2010

The Jewish Chronicle reported on the ‘controversial’ shortlisting of Shlomo Sand’s The Invention of the Jewish People for the Jewish Quarterly-Wingate Prize 2010. A controversial book which argues that the idea of a Jewish people descended from the ancient Israelites is a Zionist myth, has been shortlisted for British Jewry’s main literary award… …Alan Mendoza, [...]

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The Invention of Jewish People featured on political book review TV programme, Epilogue

July 5, 2010

One episode of Press TV‘s political book review programme, Epilogue, presented by Derek Conway and Ken Livingstone, has focused on Shlomo Sand’s The Invention of Jewish People. Once weekly, our renowned hosts Ken Livingstone and Derek Conway tackle the books with the big questions – in this compelling 30 minute book review show.  We want [...]

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Shlomo Sand clashes with Meyer Habib

July 2, 2010

Shlomo Sand clashes with Meyer Habib, Vice President of France’s Representative Council of Jewish Institutions (CRIF). Fréderic Taddai hosts Sand and Habib on the program Ce Soir ou Jamais; discussion available in French.

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