Israel Shahak
Israeli academic
Israel Shahak
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.
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Defending Palestinian Human Rights, the Key to a Just Peace
Huffington Post - over 3 years
Israeli and Palestinian negotiators are meeting in the latest chapter of the decades-long saga of on-again, off-again peace talks. With no leaks, and even less optimism, there is no shortage of speculation as to how the talks are going or whether any agreement is even possible. Here in the US, supporters of the Palestinians are engaged in a sometimes heated but rather pointless debate as to what the "deal" should include or whether no deal is the best outcome -- since that, it is projected, might lead inevitably to a one-state solution. This entire discussion is not only unedifying, it is a waste of energy and a cop-out. This is not to say that the outcome doesn't matter. Rather it is an acknowledgment of the fact that the ultimate resolution of the conflict won't be impacted by the our debates. Instead of exhausting ourselves arguing about what we can't control, we should be focused on what we can do to shine a light on the daily injustices visited upon Palestinians and mobilizi ...
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İsrail'e hakikatte en etkili ve en büyük ceza Yahudileşme temayüllerinden uzak ... -
Google News - over 5 years
İsrael Shahak, Türkçe'ye de çevrilmiş birçok kitabında, bu ülkede hüküm süren ve kaynağını dini yorumlardan alan şovenist ve mürteci politikaları gözler önüne serer. Yahudi olmayanları insan bile saymayacak kadar ileri gidebilen bir ırkçılıktır bu
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YES: Islam Doesn't Need Reformation - PKKH
Google News - over 5 years
Anyone, who have read the Jewish history from objective source like late Israeli professor Israel Shahak did – will know that Dennis is lying from both side of his mouth. The fact is that the Jews were despised by western Christians for Jewish
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مخطط الصفقة الكبيرة.. وإمبراطورية عاجل بقلم:عبدالكريم صالح المحسن - دنيا الوطن
Google News - over 5 years
... التابع للمنظمة الصهيونية العالمية ،وقد أعيد نشرها بواسطة الدورية نفسها لكن بواسطة "أمنون هداري Amnon Hadary " وقد ترجمها الى اللغة الانكليزية الأستاذ في الكيمياء العضوية في الجامعة العبرية والناشط في حقوق الإنسان "اسرائيل شاهاك Israel Shahak " وقد
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Die ausgewogenen Verdreher - Neue Rheinische Zeitung
Google News - over 5 years
Zu diesen interessanten jüdisch-theologischen Themen möchte ich immer wieder auf das Israel Shahak-Buch "Jüdische Religion" hinweisen. Zu diesem Thema passt auch ein erstaunlich faktenreicher Artikel von Joseph Croitoru in der FAZ vom 18
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Rabinul din Buhuşi - Gândul
Google News - over 5 years
(Mă sperie şi referirile la autori cel puţin îndoielnici, precum Israel Shahak). Noi vorbim despre evreii de astăzi şi nu putem pune pe seama lor nişte judecăţi de valoare, rostite într-un anume moment istoric, referitoare la anume fapte istorice,
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Goran Rosenberg - „Kraj utracony. Moja historia Izraela” -
Google News - over 5 years
Jeżeli podobne poglądy na temat funkcjonowania państwa Izrael wyrażali już: Israel Shahak, Norman Finkenstein czy Amerykanin David K. Shipler, to książka Gorana Rosenberga stanowi istotny wkład nie tylko w poznanie konfliktu izraelsko-palestyńskiego,
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The Land of Oz
NYTimes - almost 26 years
THE NEGEV IS AN UNREAL world, a landscape of whirling dunes, wind-sculptured stones and scrub trees. Jackals sleep in the nearby caves while desert hares scurry across the sand, dodging vultures. Apart from a few wandering Bedouin tribesmen on ragged camels, there is nothing human about this place. It is a vast, sprawling symbol of divine absence.
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NYTimes - about 35 years
EVEN in its new, comparatively classy home on Watts Street, the Film Forum continues to be one of Manhattan's most consistently rewarding showcases for those films, domestic and foreign, which would probably not be able to make the grade in conventional film release. Comfortable seats and good projection need not announce a sellout to Philistine
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NYTimes - almost 36 years
With a shy smile and a steady glance, P.J. McClean came into the kitchen and said hello. As an Irishman visiting from the North, from County Tyrone, he had been invited to the friendly house here on Ogden Street to talk of his country's endless troubles before some of this city's unofficial human rights community. As it turned out, they told him of
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Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Israel Shahak
  • 2001
    Age 67
    Died in 2001.
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  • 1994
    Age 60
    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:
    More Details Hide Details Scathing attack upon Classical Judaism and its more modern outgrowth, Orthodox Judaism.... As a lover of prophetic Judaism and as a disciple of Spinoza, Shahak, in a learned and rational manner, condemned the parochialism, racism, and hatred of non-Jews, which too often appeared in the Judaism that developed during and after the Talmudic period, and which, to a goodly extent, still exists. The American intellectuals Gore Vidal and Edward Said each wrote an Introduction to an edition of Jewish History, Jewish Religion. Shahak proposes that the history of most nations initially is ethnocentric, but that, in time, they evolve socially, through a period of critical self-analysis, to incorporate other social perspectives. Moreover, that, by the Age of Enlightenment, Jewish emancipation was a dual liberation, from Christian anti-Semitism and from a traditional Jewish rabbinate, and their “imposed scriptural control”. The journalist Robert Fisk said that Shahak's examination of fundamentalist Jewish religious tradition was invaluable:
  • 1982
    Age 48
    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.
    More Details Hide Details In effort to explain the behaviour of the State of Israel towards their Arab neighbours, Prof. Shahak proposed that the Israeli interpretation of Jewish history produced a society who disregard the human rights of the Arab peoples, within Israel and around Israel. That Zionism was a “régime based on structural discrimination and racism.” In the book review of Anti-Zionism: Analytical Reflections (1988), Sheldon Richman countered Shahak's description of Judaism, by personally characterising Shahak as a Jew for whom Zionism was a reflection of, and a capitulation to, European anti-Semitism, “since it Zionism, like the anti-Semites, holds that Jews are everywhere aliens who would best be isolated from the rest of the world.” In letters published in the Haaretz and Kol Ha'ir newspapers, Shahak criticized the political hypocrisy demonstrated by the radical Left in their uncritical support of the Palestinian nationalist movements. In his obituary of Prof. Israel Shahak, Christopher Hitchens said that Shahak's house was “a library of information about the human rights of the oppressed”, and that:
  • 1970
    Age 36
    In 1970, Shahak established the Committee Against Administrative Detentions to formally oppose such legalised political repression.
    More Details Hide Details To make public the anti-Arab and anti-Palestinian legalised discrimination, Shahak published English translations of Hebrew-language reportage about illegal and unjust actions of the Israeli government against the gentile citizens of Israel; Shahak's English reports were principally for the Jewish community of the U.S. The translated reports featured headlines such as “Torture in Israel,” and “Collective Punishment in the West Bank”, which Shahak sent to journalists, academics, and human rights activists, and so ensure that the mainstream population of the U.S. would be informed of the religious discrimination practised by the government of Israel. Civil rights advocate As a public intellectual, Shahak wrote about the Israeli government's actions against the non-Jewish citizens of the State of Israel, such as the suppression of freedom of speech and general political activity; land ordinances and the confiscation of lands from the gentiles; living restrictions upon non-Jews (ghettoes); the destruction of houses; legally-sanctioned unequal pay and work restrictions; emergency-defence regulations allowing the summary arrest, detention, and torture of prisoners (civil and military); the collective punishment of communities; the assassinations of leaders (religious, political, academic); racial discrimination in access to education; and the deprivation of Israeli citizenship.
    In the event, Shahak joined the Israeli League for Human and Civil Rights, and became its president in 1970.
    More Details Hide Details The League for Human and Civil Rights, composed of Jewish and Arab citizens of Israel, protested and publicized Israel's restrictive policies against Palestinians, and provided legal aid to them.
  • 1969
    Age 35
    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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  • 1967
    Age 33
    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.
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  • 1965
    Age 31
    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.
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  • 1961
    Age 27
    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.
    More Details Hide Details Shahak also became active in the Israeli politics of the day. Dr. Shahak's work produced scientific reports about organic fluorine compounds, and contributed to cancer research. In 1990, Shahak retired from the faculty of Hebrew University, because of poor health, consequence of diabetes mellitus, and a desire to pursue work in other fields. For most of his adult life, Prof. Israel Shahak, Ph.D., resided in the Rehavia neighborhood of West Jerusalem; he died at the age of 68, from diabetic complications, and was buried in the Givat Shaul cemetery. Public intellectual In the late 1950s, as a citizen of Israel, Prof. Shahak became politically engaged in response to the imperialist comment of David Ben-Gurion that, with the Suez War (29 October 1956 – 7 November 1956), the State of Israel was fighting to achieve “the kingdom of David and Solomon”. In the 1960s he joined the Israeli League Against Religious Coercion.
  • 1945
    Age 11
    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.
    More Details Hide Details From the age of twelve years, the boy Israel cared for and supported his mother, who survived the Bergen-Belsen Nazi camp with poor health. After attending a religious boarding school in the village of Kfar Hassidim, Israel and his mother moved to Tel Aviv. Upon graduation from secondary school, Shahak soldiered in the Israel Defense Forces (IDF). After completing his military service with the IDF, Shahak attended Hebrew University where he pursued and earned a doctorate in chemistry. In the course of his professional career, Israel Shahak was an assistant to the nuclear physicist Ernst David Bergmann, the chairman of the Israel Atomic Energy Commission (IAEC).
  • 1943
    Age 9
    In 1943, the Shahak family were sent to the Poniatowa concentration camp, to the west of Lublin, where his father died.
    More Details Hide Details Israel and his mother escaped from the Poniatowa concentration camp and returned to Warsaw, but, within a year, the Nazis recaptured and imprisoned them in the Bergen-Belsen concentration camp.
  • 1933
    Israel Shahak was born in Warsaw, Poland, in 1933, and was the youngest child of a cultured, Zionist family of Ashkenazi Jews.
    More Details Hide Details During the Nazi Occupation of Poland (1939-1945), the Shahak family were interned to the Warsaw Ghetto; his brother escaped to Britain, where he joined the Royal Air Force. Meanwhile, in occupied Poland, Shahak's mother paid a Roman Catholic family to hide Israel, whom they later returned when she was unable to continue paying for his safe-keeping from the Nazis.
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