Israel Shahak Quote
“We realize that by criticizing Jewish fundamentalism we are criticizing a part of the past that we love. We wish that members of every human grouping would criticize their own past, even before criticizing others.”
With Norton Mezvinsky - Jewish Fundamentalism In Israel (1997)
An Interview with Israel Shahak in Journal of Palestine Studies Vol. IV, No. 3 (1975), p. 3.
“I strongly believe that antisemitism and Jewish chauvinism can only be fought simultaneously.”
Jewish History, Jewish Religion (1994)
Bio: Israel Shahak was a Polish-born Holocaust survivor and Israeli professor of chemistry at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, known especially as a liberal political thinker, author, and civil rights activist. Between 1970-1990, he was president of the Israeli League for Human and Civil Rights and was an outspoken critic of the Israeli government.
Quote of the day
“A house without books is like a room without windows. No man has a right to bring up his children without surrounding them with books, if he has the means to buy them. It is wrong to his family. Children learn to read by being in the presence of books. The love of knowledge comes with reading and grows upon it. And the love of knowledge, in a young mind, is almost a warrant against the inferior excitement of passions and vices.”