Learn more Shop now Shop now Shop now Shop now Shop now Shop now Shop now Learn More Shop now Shop now Learn more Shop Fire Shop Kindle Learn More Shop now Fitbit



There was a problem filtering reviews right now. Please try again later.

on 4 August 2017
A thorough and interesting update on 'The Khazar Hypothesis'. In this book Shlomo Sand goes into considerable detail about the origins of the Ashkenazi Jews, providing considerable support for the view that they are of Khazar origin, and are a Slavic, not a Semitic people.

Arthur Koestler's pioneering book, 'The Thirteenth Tribe' from 1976 was subjected to all the ire that the powerful Israeli propaganda machine could throw at it. Sand's book is much better researched, and written in a less provocative manner. Well worth reading, though the opening chapters do drag a bit.
0Comment|Was this review helpful to you?YesNoReport abuse
on 23 November 2014
First a criticism of this edition, which is unusually poor even by the low standards of Kindle editions. Full of typos and minor omissions! That said...

Whether you are interested in Jewish history or the politics of Israel, this book is essential reading. It traces the development of different historical narratives about Jewishness, and relates them to the constitution and predicament of modern-day Israel.

Sand is a historian of nationality, and clearly states that he did not intend to write a new history of Jewish people. For me however, and I suspect many general readers, the fascination of this book lies in the revelation of a different history of Jewishness from the one which is widely accepted.

The well-known narrative describes Jewish people as a homogenous ethnic group who were expelled from their homeland by the Romans, and later returned to it in large numbers in the twentieth century. Sand shows how historians and politicians developed this version of events during the twentieth century, in order to support the creation of modern-day Israel.

At the same time he reveals a much more interesting and seemingly accurate historical narrative. Almost all of this has been recorded previously, but much of it has been suppressed for political reasons. This narrative has two key elements. First, Biblical-era Jews were not expelled in large numbers from the Roman province of Palestine. Indeed, many of their descendants are probably among the present-day Palestinian population. Second, millions of Jewish people who lived in Europe throughout recorded history were the descendants of local populations who converted to Judaism in two waves. The first wave took place between 100 BCE and 200 CE in the Mediterranean, the second in the eighth century CE in the Khazar kingdom between the Caspian and Black Seas.

This book reshaped my understanding of key chapters in world history, and as such gets a rare five stars.
0Comment| 7 people found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you?YesNoReport abuse
on 23 April 2013
A book with important conclusions - a 'must read' debunking the genetic claim to Israel - that are somewhat obscured by discursions into a raft of previous scholars of the history of the Jews. Would have merited editing for the general reader without loss of crucial content.
0Comment| 5 people found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you?YesNoReport abuse
on 14 September 2013
It is difficult to avoid the robust display of the author's effort to give a balance and fair view in offering a new and enlightening perspective on what the world had been led to believe. Such fastidious courage is worth every admiration if it can assist in helping
the world to appreciate how we have arrived at our present position.
0Comment| 3 people found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you?YesNoReport abuse
on 6 April 2014
A extremely important book for those who wants to understand the Zionist propaganda based on the Bible as a true history book. The book reveals scientific research which totally undermines this propaganda. Read it!
0Comment| 5 people found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you?YesNoReport abuse
on 13 March 2017
This is giving a true historical account of mythical people who came out of Germany.
0Comment| 3 people found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you?YesNoReport abuse
on 30 September 2013
Until recently I naively assumed that if you were Jewish you were directly descended from Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. This book pointed out what I should have realised already, that in the ancient world Judaism was a missionary religion that was embraced by many people who were not ethnically Jewish. It also made me aware of a side of history I knew nothing about - the existence of Jewish kingdoms in the early Middle Ages. In particular, there was the quite powerful and long-lasting Khazar kingdom in the northern Caucasus and along the Volga River, which the author claims could account for the huge number of Jews with an Eastern European background.
This book deals not just with Jewish history but also in great detail with the way Jewish history has been written. The author claims that much of the history has been suppressed as it is inconvenient to the claim that all Jews have a right to live in Israel because it is their ancestral home. The book is also directly and controversially political, with observations about the present State of Israel.
It is very long, and I must confess I skipped many of the details, especially those about other historians. However, it is very informative and thought-provoking, and I would recommend it to anyone interested in history.
0Comment| 10 people found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you?YesNoReport abuse
on 23 March 2014
Like all other people, the Jewish people is an invented concept. Although for long the Jews have been forced to live apart from the rest of the society and as a result there has been a great deal of intermarriage and therefore genetic similarity among them, this has not been the case throughout the history. The Jews have mingled with other races and people and there is plenty evidence to show that the Palestinians have a closer genetic link to the original Palestinians and Hebrews who inhabited Palestine than many of the modern Jews do. The concepts of mass migration, the exodus from Egypt, the crossing of the Red Sea and all the stories about Abraham, Joseph, Moses, etc, are literary myths similar to Arthurian legends or many other myths beloved by many other nations about their ancestors. That such unsubstantiated myths should form the basis of bringing millions of East Europeans, Russians and other Jews to Palestine, to displace the original inhabitants and to continue occupying their lands and resources is totally abhorrent. The Jews may claim that they need a national home in order to live in peace and safety, but it also means that they should recognise the rights of the Palestinians who have lived in that land from time immemorial and who being severely oppressed. This book should be read by Netanyahu and all other ultra-nationalist and ultra-fanatical Jews who believe that they have a historical and God-given right to occupy other people's territory and oppress them.
0Comment| 24 people found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you?YesNoReport abuse
on 29 July 2017
Sand proceeds with consummate scholarship to unpack the Zionist account of Jewish history and expose it as a fabrication. A pure Jewish identity does not exist. In fact, the 98% of world Jewry who are Ashkenazi are likely descended not from the ancient Hebrews at all but from a Turkic- Mongol ethnic group known as the Khazars who lived in the Caucasus and converted to Judaism in the eighth century. Naturally, since this historical fact greatly troubles the very raison d'être of the self-proclaimed "Jewish state" - it has remained taboo. Sand is not the first to identify the Khazar ancestry of East European "Jews". Arthur Koestler designated the Khazars the "Thirteenth Tribe" in an earlier work.

Ironically, it is the Sephardi minority in Israel, who still suffer discrimination today, and the Palestinians (who suffer a whole lot more) who are the semitic peoples! Indeed the Palestinians are likely descendants of Jewish agrarian communities (fellahin) who remained on the land long after the Romans had crushed the Jewish revolt (70 CE) and who subsequently converted to Islam. Such was the determination of Israel's founding fathers, like Ben Gurion and Ben-Zvi, to justify their seizure of a Jewish homeland in Palestine, they claimed they would be welcomed in kinship by the indigenous population - the very people they were about to displace! When in 1936 the Arab Revolt signalled the Palestinians' determination not to welcome the Jewish influx, then the same Founding Fathers framed the narrative about Palestine being "a land without a people" waiting to be colonised for "a people without a land"!

Israel - the much vaunted "only democracy in the Middle East" - is actually, as Sand makes clear, not a democracy at all but an ethnocracy. According to Sand, the state exists to serve "not a civil-egalitarian demos but a biologically-religious ethos that is wholly fictitious historically, but dynamic, exclusive and discriminatory."

Certainly, Sand's critical account of the mythology and delusions that underlie the Zionist claim to the Holy Land is welcome. The book sold well in Israel and one can only hope that some of the country's leaders are influenced by the reality check it affords them and their ethno-state.
0Comment|Was this review helpful to you?YesNoReport abuse
on 8 March 2017
Very inreresting
0Comment|Was this review helpful to you?YesNoReport abuse

Sponsored Links

  (What is this?)