May 2, 2010
Professor Shlomo Sand's "The Invention of the Jewish People" is reportedly one of the quartet of books shortlisted for the Jewish Quarterly-Wingate Literary Prize. Isn't the inclusion of this highly contentious polemical work that has obvious highly deleterious ramifications for Jews and Israel at a time when we are being assailed by more antisemitism than we have seen since the Second World War a mischievously meshugge one? I've often suspected Jewish Book Week of being slanted towards the left, incidentally, but this apparent anointing with legitimacy of Sand's propagandistic exercise (how the CiF Guardianistas, among others, will chortle if it wins!) surely takes the bagel!