The Edinburgh International Book Festival
13 - 29 AUGUST 2011
ARE JEWS THE ONLY 'PEOPLE OF ISRAEL'?
Wednesday 17 August
3:30pm - 4:30pm
ScottishPower Studio Theatre
An academic at Tel Aviv University, Shlomo Sand describes himself as a 'post-Zionist'. His recent book, The Invention of the Jewish People sparked a furious worldwide controversy with his claim that Jewish people are not a genetically defined race. Sand defends his position by discussing the work of the 19th century historian Ernest Renan, using Renan's lectures to argue that Israel needs to reform itself to become a state of all its citizens – Jews and Arabs.