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on 11 August 2010
This is a very interesting and well written book. In just over 200 pages it manages to dissect the various myths which underpin Zionism. From the founding myths of modern Judaism, with regard to the alleged great kingdoms of Solomon and David. Yet such an idea is unfortunately for zionists, not supported by archeology. With this in my mind i would direct readers to Finkelstein and Silberman's excellent 'The Bible Unearthed', which goes into greater detail on this issue, and Rose himself cites this book on page 20. The version painted in the Bible of some great Jewish kingdom was actually little more than a few city states who engaged in internecine feuding every now and again. Rose takes us through the magnificent Cairo Genzia, which highlights among other things "The impact of Sufism on medieval Judaism in Cairo." Rose also takes in the mass conversion to Judaism of the Khazar empire - which firmly puts to bed the 'World Jewry as a race/nation/ethnic group' myth many zionists like to propagate.
Rose also demolishes the 'Land without a people' myth. He demonstrates that there was an undeniable indigenous arab majority in Palestine prior to the rise of zionism. And he reveals an interesting fact with regard to Napoleon and his attempted invasion of Palestine via Cairo. The book continues with an illuminating insight into how Israel is not the David versus the Arab Goliath, it so loves the world to think it is. There is a chapter which investigates how Israel became an asset for the US, which wasn't always so favourable to Israel. He takes us through the Oslo accords and how they were a 'swindle'. And towards the end of the book, Rose concerns himself with the plight of the Arab Jew. He demonstrates quite clearly how the flight of the Arab jews to Israel cannot be laid solely at the feet of those Arab nations. Israel and its proxies in those arab nations helped to undermine the position of the poor Arab jews.

An excellent book, the only criticism which i would have for it would be its brevity, that said, an important book for any student concerned with or interested in the history of Zionism and/or the middle east conflict.
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