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Meir Kahane : The Public Life and Political Thought of an American Jewish Radical / Shaul Magid.

Author/Creator:
Magid, Shaul, author., Author,
Publication:
Princeton, NJ : Princeton University Press, [2021]
Format/Description:
Book
1 online resource (304 pages)
Contained In:
De Gruyter University Press Library.
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Subjects:
Political activists -- Israel -- Biography.
Political activists -- New York (State) -- New York -- Biography.
Rabbis -- Israel -- Biography.
Rabbis -- New York (State) -- New York -- Biography.
Language:
In English.
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Mode of access: Internet via World Wide Web.
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Summary:
The life and politics of an American Jewish activist who preached radical and violent means to Jewish survivalMeir Kahane came of age amid the radical politics of the counterculture, becoming a militant voice of protest against Jewish liberalism. Kahane founded the Jewish Defense League in 1968, declaring that Jews must protect themselves by any means necessary. He immigrated to Israel in 1971, where he founded KACH, an ultranationalist and racist political party. He would die by assassination in 1990. Shaul Magid provides an in-depth look at this controversial figure, showing how the postwar American experience shaped his life and political thought.Magid sheds new light on Kahane's radical political views, his critique of liberalism, and his use of the "grammar of race" as a tool to promote Jewish pride. He discusses Kahane's theory of violence as a mechanism to assure Jewish safety, and traces how his Zionism evolved from a fervent support of Israel to a belief that the Zionist project had failed. Magid examines how tradition and classical Jewish texts profoundly influenced Kahane's thought later in life, and argues that Kahane's enduring legacy lies not in his Israeli career but in the challenge he posed to the liberalism and assimilatory project of the postwar American Jewish establishment.This incisive book shows how Kahane was a quintessentially American figure, one who adopted the radicalism of the militant Left as a tenet of Jewish survival.
Contents:
Frontmatter
Contents
Acknowledgments
Archives Consulted
Introduction:Why Kahane?
1 Liberalism
2 Radicalism
3 Race and Racism
4 Communism
5 Zionism
6 Militant Post-Zionist Apocalypticism
Conclusion
Notes
Bibliography
Index
A Note on the Type
Notes:
Description based on online resource; title from PDF title page (publisher's Web site, viewed 27. Okt 2021)
Contributor:
Magid, Shaul, contributor., Contributor,
De Gruyter.
ISBN:
9780691212661
Publisher Number:
10.1515/9780691212661 doi
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Restricted for use by site license.