From the New York Times (this is freaking sick):
Despite the fragmented and incomplete historical record, experts pretty much agree that some popular beliefs about Jewish history simply don’t hold up: there was no sudden expulsion of all Jews from Jerusalem in A.D. 70, for instance. What’s more, modern Jews owe their ancestry as much to converts from the first millennium and early Middle Ages as to the Jews of antiquity.
Other theories, like the notion that many of today’s Palestinians can legitimately claim to be descended from the ancient Jews, are familiar and serious subjects of study, even if no definitive answer yet exists.
But while these ideas are commonplace among historians, they still manage to provoke controversy each time they surface in public, beyond the scholarly world. The latest example is the book “The Invention of the Jewish People,” which spent months on the best-seller list in Israel and is now available in English. Mixing respected scholarship with dubious theories, the author, Shlomo Sand, a professor at Tel Aviv University, frames the narrative as a startling exposure of suppressed historical facts. The translated version of his polemic has sparked a new wave of coverage in Britain and has provoked spirited debates online and in seminar rooms.Professor Sand, a scholar of modern France, not Jewish history, candidly states his aim is to undercut the Jews’ claims to the land of Israel by demonstrating that they do not constitute “a people,” with a shared racial or biological past.
I've read a bit of history, especially history of the ME. I have never once seen any history book that denied the Jews were expelled from Israel by the Romans in 70 AD.
Schlomo Sand ranks up there with George Soros as being among the most anti-Semitic Jews in history.
SCHLOMOZEL ZAND IS A FRENCH FILM HISTORIAN WITH NO AUTHORITY IN THESE MATTERS.
HE IS AN ANTI-ZIONIST AND COMMUNIST OF LONGSTANDING.
HE HAS PUT THE DISCREDITED IDEOLOGY OF MARX AHEAD OF THE MILLENNIALLY TESTED VALUES OF JUDAISM.
HE IS AN ARCHETYPAL IDIOT.
A WISE MAN WROTE:
THE LEFT IS THE HOME AWAY FROM HOME FOR ANTISEMITISM. IT'S HOME IS JIHAD.
It illustrates the fact that you just can't win with these people.
If you say Jews are the descendents of Abraham, you're a racist.
If you say that Jews always welcomed converts, and were never an exclusively endogamous lineage, then the Jews are not Jews.