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"The New Jew"

More Kahane. The Public Life and Political Thought of an American Jewish Radical
Forfatter: Shaul Magid
Forlag: Princeton University Press, (USA)
MESSIANIAN THOUGHT OF VIOLENCE / From Jewish identity in New York to messianic racism in the West Bank: The controversial rabbi Meir Kahane, whose thoughts live on with certain radical settlers in the West Bank, is the subject of a new and thorough biography.

In the West Bank, particular forms of settlement extremism have become increasingly visible in recent years, and it is becoming increasingly violent. However, it would be a simplification to simply regard it as an expression of a general right turn in Israeli society. In a larger perspective, for example, one can see that the settler movement has become more center-right, which is a clear strategy for gaining political influence. But next to the established settlements, there are about 100 so-called settler outposts, which often simply consist of a collection of shacks on a hilltop, and here a completely different development is taking place.

It is typically what one might term as maladapted settler gum that establishes the outposts. They protest against the "bourgeois" lifestyle of the parent generation in the established settlements, and many of them also become dramatically radicalized.

Kahanism in 1994 was banned under the Israeli terror clause.

It is here, among other things, that we find a phenomenon that can come under a common hat. . .

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Hans Henrik Fafner
Fafner is a regular critic in Ny Tid. Residing in Tel Aviv.

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