I have to say that this excellent book "The Founding Myths of Modern Israel" by Roger Garaudy is the most stunning and best-written account of the subject matter that I've ever read to date (and I've read a tremendous amount). The author provides an extremely accurate and scholarly analysis, and a truly unbiased and very readable presentation, of the legitimate and troubling realities promised in the book title. The reviewer below, of 1/23/04, sounds like a "true believer", and his misleading review makes obvious that he literally didn't even read this book at all. I caution that the truths this book documents will be troubling to certain individuals, as the previously mentioned reviewer so clearly illustrates. However, to open-minded readers who are genuinely interested in historical accuracy instead of disinformation, in facts instead of propaganda, this book is a priceless find. Please do allow yourself a chance to read this truly outstanding work by Roger Garaudy. You will understand a great deal more about our world today if you do - and the information that you learn might even make you a little angry. [To any readers who found my review useful, I also highly recommend, and ask you to please consider, "The Holocaust Industry", Second Edition, by Norman G Finkelstein; "The Thirteenth Tribe" by Arthur Koestler; and "Jewish History, Jewish Religion" by Israel Shahak.]
I am relatively new to the subject of the real history of Zionism, Israel, WWI and WW2 and the holocaust. I had, like so many, been aware that there were revisionist accounts but hesitated both out of skepticism--I couldn't believe that the mainstream narratives could be so wrong--and reluctance to associate myself with something that is invariably ascribed to racists and bigots alone. Do racists and bigots reject the mainstream historical narrative of the holocaust? They do, but not simply because they want to, but for the same reason they tend to believe that the earth revolves around the sun--the evidence is compelling. Shall we therefore reject the heliocentric model of our solar system too?
My own awakening came after learning of the work of Jewish Canadian revisionist scholar David Cole, whose videotaped tour of Auschwitz was one of the most fascinating and eyeopening things I have ever watched. Learning subsequently that David Cole renounced his revisionist work as a result of death threats made against him by the Jewish Defense League (a terrorist group according to the FBI--they have plotted to bomb mosques and even a US congressman's office)I realized that the only reason for such actions by the JDL and by those governments that have imprisoned revisionist scholars for simply talking about the issue is that the traditional account of the holocaust rests on a precariously thin body of evidence that grows thinner every year as mainstream historians are themselves forced to revise things like the number of Jewish people killed and the existence of gas chambers at several camps where they were once claimed to exist but no longer.Read more ›
Pay no mind to Seth Frantzman, he's made it a part time job to hunt down every book he views as "anti Semitic" and lob endless ad hominem attacks at it. Anyway, this book, like many others, is a good source of off-the-beaten-path information that everyone should have access to if they seek to make a TRULY informed decision about modern politics and history. Don't allow yourselves to be swayed by emtional ranting and finger pointing. The ONLY way to get to the facts is to go to the horse's mouth yourself.
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This book is especially good for those who want to get a good grounding on the subject. Mr. Garaudy does not condemn the entire Jewish community. He concentrates on the real culprits; the Zionists. One should also read Israel Shahak's books, as well as Alfred Koestler's on the "Thirteenth Tribe" and you will have a fairly complete picture as to why Jews in general and the Zionists in particular were not very popular in the past or now. I have noticed an annoying trend when a Jew reviews books by author such as Israel Shahak. Those reviewers almost always refer to the author as "self-hating Jews". How unfortunate that they don't have a better argument! What the Israelis are doing to the Palestinians now violates the old maxim that two wrongs don't make a right. What the Nazis did was certainly wrong and you would think that Ariel Sharon and his fellow thugs would feel some guilt about what they are perpetrating now. This is the main theme of Mr. Garaudy's fine book, one that every thinking American should read for the other side of the story.
THE FOUNDING MYTHS OF MODERN ISRAEL by French author Roger Garaudy describes and debunks popular perception of Zionism and the Holocaust. Garaudy is a former Communist and is currently a liberal Muslim. Many believe that attacks on certain Jewish interests such as this book come from "racists" and "right-wing extremists," however Garaudy never gave up his Marxist-based internationalist and anti-racist beliefs and ideals. Zionism is based on skewed interpretations of certain Biblical texts, such as God's promises to Abraham in Genesis and Joshua's 'genocide' against the Canaanites. Garaudy compares it to Nazism/Hitlerism, except this time the Jews substitute themselves as being the "chosen race" and "more human." Many high ranking Zionists collaborated with the Nazi regime during WWII in order to get more Jews to immigrate to Palestine. Once in the Middle East, the Jewish military launched ethnic-cleansing campaigns against the Arab Palestinians (who are both Muslim and Christian) and uprooted millions of them from their homes and forced them to live in refugee camps. This still goes on today, in the form of Jewish settlements on the occupied West Bank under the direction of current PM and former housing minister Ariel Sharon. Zionism itself is described as having its roots in 19th century European nationalism, colonialism and 'racism'. Zionism's most noted enthusiast and theorist is Theodore Herzel, an atheist who viewed Jews entirely in terms of race, same as the Nazis. As far as the big picture is concerned, Garaudy characterizes Israel as being a military presence for the United States in Middle East to further the "world domination" plans of the US. Don't throw out any ideas no matter how non-PC they happen to stand at the moment.Read more ›
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