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The Invention of the Land of Israel
From Holy Land to Homeland

Sand, Shlomo
Publisher:  Verso
Year Published:  2012  
Pages:  304pp   ISBN:  978184467946
The Invention of the Land of Israel deconstructs the age-old legends surrounding the Holy Land and the prejudices that continue to suffocate it. Sand’s account dissects the concept of “historical right” and tracks the creation of the modern concept of the “Land of Israel” by nineteenth-century Evangelical Protestants and Jewish Zionists. This invention, he argues, not only facilitated the colonization of the Middle East and the establishment of the State of Israel; it is also threatening the existence of the Jewish state today.

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