Blogger Philip Weiss discusses Shlomo Sand‘s recent (devilishly good) NYU lecture for Mondoweiss, “a news website devoted to covering American foreign policy in the Middle East, chiefly from a progressive Jewish perspective”:
Of all the events I’ve covered surrounding Jewish identity and Israel in the last year, none has given me so much pleasure as the lecture last night by Shlomo Sand at NYU on The Invention of the Jewish People. Most events I go to are grinding, awful, heartrending, often with lamentations and pictures of mutilated children. This one was pure intellectual deviltry of the highest order by a Pavarotti of the lecture hall. And while it was fiercely anti-Zionist and included references to the mutilated children, it left me in just an incredibly elated mood. For I saw real light at the end of the tunnel, and not the horrifying dimness that surrounds almost all other events that deal with Israel politics here– for instance with the neoconservative Weekly Standard’s disgusting pursuit of J Street…
Read the full article.
Read NYU News’ account of the lecture Tel Aviv U. prof. stirs up anti-Zionist controversy.
The Invention of the Jewish People will be published in the UK on November 9, 2009.