Israel Shahak

Israeli Academic
Born Apr 28, 1933

Israel Shahak was a Polish-born Holocaust survivor and Israeli professor of chemistry at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, known especially as a liberal political thinker, author, and civil rights activist. Between 1970-1990, he was president of the Israeli League for Human and Civil Rights and was an outspoken critic of the Israeli government. Shahak's writings on Judaism have been a source of widespread controversy.… Read More

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1933 Birth Israel Shahak was born in Warsaw, Poland, in 1933, and was the youngest child of a cultured, Zionist family of Ashkenazi Jews. … Read More
1943 10 Years Old In 1943, the Shahak family were sent to the Poniatowa concentration camp, to the west of Lublin, where his father died. … Read More


1945 12 Years Old In 1945, the British Army liberated the prisoners of Bergen-Belsen; Israel Shahak and his mother managed to emigrate to the British Mandate of Palestine, where his application to join a kibbutz was denied, because he was physically too slender. … Read More


1961 28 Years Old In 1961, Shahak went to the U.S. to pursue post-doctoral studies at Stanford University; in 1963, he returned to Israel, where he became a popular instructor of and researcher in chemistry at Hebrew University; moreover, Prof. … Read More


1965 32 Years Old In 1965, he began political activism against “Classical Judaism” and Zionism; and wrote a letter to the Haaretz newspaper about having witnessed an Orthodox Jew “refusing to let his phone be used on the Sabbath to help a non-Jew who had collapsed nearby”; in Israel, Shahk's letter-to-the-editor complaint began a continual debate about the attitudes (religious and cultural) of Orthodox Judaism towards gentiles.
1967 34 Years Old In 1967, after the Six-Day War (5–10 June 1967), Shahak ended his membership to the League Against Religious Coercion, because they were “fake liberals” who used the principles of Liberalism to combat coercive religious influence in Israeli society — but did not apply such protections to the Israeli Palestinians living in the IDF-occupied West Bank and in the Gaza Strip.
1969 36 Years Old In 1969, Shahak and another member of the faculty of Hebrew University, realised a sit-down protest against the Israeli government's policy of jailing polically active Palestinian students, by way of administrative detention authorised by state-of-emergency laws; likewise, Shahak supported the political efforts of the Palestinian students to achieve equal rights, like those granted to Jewish Israelis, at Hebrew University.
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In the event, Shahak joined the Israeli League for Human and Civil Rights, and became its president in 1970. … Read More


1982 49 Years Old Such political activities earned Shahak much hostility and death threats; after the 1982 Lebanon War (June 1982 – June 1985), Shahak also reported Israeli abuses of the populations of Lebanon. … Read More


1994 61 Years Old In 1994, Shahak published Jewish History, Jewish Religion: The Weight of Three Thousand Years, about Jewish fundamentalism; as described by history professor Norton Mezvinsky, at Central Connecticut State University, Jewish History, Jewish Religion is a: … Read More
2001 68 Years Old Died in 2001.
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