Israel and Palestine - Out of the Ashes

Israel and Palestine - Out of the Ashes : The Search For Jewish Identity in the Twenty-First Century

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As the world watches with horror the unfolding events in Palestine and Israel, Marc Ellis, a Jewish American scholar, examines what he sees as a crisis point in Jewish identity. In this book, Ellis offers a vision of Judaism that testifies to an ethical life in our era, based on the principles of justice and community upon which the Jewish faith was founded.

Only by addressing the way in which those original principles are being squandered by a miltarised state of Israel and a complicit Jewish establishment in America, he argues, can there be hope for peace in the future.

Israel and Palestine: Out of the Ashes is a deeply personal, philosophical account of contemporary Jewish identity. Looking beyond the legacy of the Holocaust and beyond the portrayal of Jews as either victims or persecutors, Ellis forges a new vision of what it means to be Jewish today.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 208 pages
  • 135 x 215 x 14.99mm | 331.12g
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • index
  • 0745319564
  • 9780745319568
  • 1,635,895

Table of contents


Introduction: A Bully In Christchurch

1. Jewish Memory In The Post-Holocaust Era

Memory, Destruction And Resistance

The 615th Commandment

Helicopter Gunships At The Heart Of Jewish History

2. Innocence, Settlers And State Policy

The Arrival Of Constantinian Judaism

Indigenous Minority Rights, Citizenship And The New Jerusalem

Mapping The Holocaust And Israel

3. The Prophetic In The Post-Holocaust Era

The Prophetic In The Contemporary World

The Evolving Covenant Within History

4. A Jewish Witness In Exile

The Boundaries Of Our Destiny

Reinventing Judaism And Jewish Life

On Revolutionary Forgiveness

A Jewish Witness In Exile

A New Beginning



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'Marc Ellis has demonstrated great courage, integrity, and insight in the very important work he has been doing for years. It has been an inspiration for all of us' -- Noam Chomsky 'A vital contribution to solving one of the few remaining intractable problems of our time' -- Archbishop Desmond Tutu 'Underlying the book is a deep and powerful conviction and faith in the essence of Judaism and a determination to define and revive this essence. It demands to be finished - and re-read' -- Jewish Quarterly 'A brilliant writer, a deeply thoughtful and courageous mind' -- Edward Said
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About Marc H. Ellis

Marc H. Ellis is Professor of American and Jewish Studies and Director of the Centre for American and Jewish Studies at Baylor University, Texas. Israel and Palestine - Out of the Ashes: The Search For Jewish Identity in the Twenty-First Century (Pluto, 2002).
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