The Myths of Zionism
Pluto Press

The Myths of Zionism

  • Publish Date: 2004-10-11
  • Binding: Paperback
  • Author: John Rose

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'This is an impressive work of deconstruction with many crucial new insights. . . . [It is] written in an accessible way, despite the very complicated issues with which Rose deals: such as the cultural and ideological sources of the Zionist narrative.' Illan Pappe, Professor of Middle East History, University of Haifa, Israel 'In a highly charged environment, Jewish authors played an immense role in elevating the debate about Zionism and the birth of the Israeli State. . . . John Rose's book is a welcome addition that will defy the pro-Israeli inquisition that seeks, through intimidation, to silence legitimate criticism.' Afif Safieh, Palestinian General Delegate to the UK This is a controversial book. It is a critical account of the historical, political and cultural roots of Zionism. John Rose shows how this powerful political force is based in mythology; ancient, medieval and modern. 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. Mobilising recent scholarship, he separates fact from fiction presenting a detailed analysis of their origins and development. This includes a challenge to Zionism's biblical claims using very recent and very startling Israeli archaeological conclusions. He provides a detailed exploration of Judaism's links to 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.


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