'Illuminative, insightful and accessible, this is an important book that deserves as wide a readership as possible.' --Ethnic Conflict Research Digest 'A first-class overview of the different fundamentalist movements ... A fascinating and thought-provoking book.' --Neue Zurcher Zeitung (Switzerland) 'Shahak and Mezvinsky's explicit objective is to rouse the reader, particularly the North American reader, into an acknowledgement that Jewish fundamentalism is as 'pernicious' as other fundamentalisms. This requires us to approach the Jewish past not as folk-tale, but as history.' -Outlook 'Unlike all other English-language accounts [this] is frank and fiercely critical ... A must-read for anyone interested in exploring the dark corners of an ideology that has an impact on international events.' --Race and Class
Israel Shahak (1933-2001) was a resident of the Warsaw Ghetto and a survivor of Bergen-Belsen. He arrived in Palestine in 1945 and lived there for the rest of his life. He was an outspoken critic of the state of Israel and a human rights activist. He was also the author of the highly acclaimed Jewish Fundamentalism in Israel (Pluto, 2004) and Jewish History, Jewish Religion (Pluto, 2008). Norton Mezvinsky is Professor of History at Central Connecticut State University. He is the co-author of Jewish Fundamentalism in Israel (Pluto Press, 1999).
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 Rabins Assassination Glossary Notes Bibliography Index