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Shahaks writings continuously exposed and denounced Israel as an expansionist, chauvinist and racist state bent on the domination of the surrounding Arab peoples, especially the Palestinians.

His recent books, including Open Secrets: Israeli Nuclear and Foreign Policies (Pluto Press, 1997), Jewish History, Jewish Religion: The Weight of Three Thousand Years (Pluto Press, 1997) and Jewish Fundamentalism in Israel (Pluto Press, 1999), provide an invaluable insight into Israeli discourse and policy.

Shahak explained, After 1967, when I ceased being just a scientist and became a political being, my first reason was that after 1967 the Israeli aim was to dominate is the Middle East, which every rational human being knows is impossible.

My second reason was that there must be a Palestinian state.

Israel Shahak was born on April 28, 1933 in Warsaw, Poland.

It is as simple as that, and I therefore owe him a gigantic debt of gratitude.

AS EXPLAINED in Chapter 3, the Halakhah, that is the legal system of classical Judaism - as practiced by virtually all Jews from the 9th century to the end of the 18th and as maintained to this very day in the form of Orthodox Judaism - is based primarily on the Babylonian Talmud.

Shahak gained a wide international audience through his regular Translations from the Hebrew Press, which gave the non-Hebrew speaking world a unique glimpse into the extreme and racist rhetoric about Arabs, Palestinians and Jewish supremacy that characterizes much of mainstream discourse in Israel.

The translations also clarified Israeli strategic thinking and policy goals in a manner that directly contradicted official hasbara (propaganda), which presented Israel as a besieged state struggling only for peace and survival.


The 12yearold Shahak and his mother immigrated to Palestine after the liberation of the camps in 1945.In the 1960s, while working as Professor of Chemistry at Hebrew University, Shahak became one of Israels leading voices of dissent.


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