Israel and Anti-Gentile Traditions
Israel Shahak's theory that anti-Gentile traditions have influenced Israeli policy is well known in both Arab and anti-Semitic circles, but Jews have yet to properly confront it.
Others use Shahak's work in their presentation of Judaism, and that fact alone should make it relevant to contemporary Jews.
Shahak was an ardent secularist and anti-Zionist, but he wrote his book as a challenge to Jews to engage the chauvinist, dehumanizing elements of Jewish tradition and to help create a self-critical and sensitive modern Judaism. It's true that he combed the rabbinic tradition in search of hateful passages, often--though by no means always--misinterpreting them and taking them out of context, but this may be beside the point.
Jewish texts exist that can be--and are--understood to be vehemently xenophobic. These texts must be openly and honestly grappled with, explained, and if necessary, repudiated.
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