BBC Radio 3 to host Shlomo Sand

On February 19th 2013 at 22:00 GMT BBC Radio Three’s Night Waves programme will feature Philip Dodd hosting the Israeli historian Shlomo Sand.  

According to the programme’s synopsis, the subject under discussion will be Sand’s latest book – published last year – entitled ‘The Invention of the Land of Israel’. 

Sand on Night Waves

It will be interesting to see whether Dodd picks up on the opportunist motives behind this latest volume of activist history by Sand – a historian of France and Europe rather than the ancient period – and whether he informs his audience of the political use made of Sand’s books by anti-Israel campaigners. 

14 comments on “BBC Radio 3 to host Shlomo Sand

  1. It seems the BBC seldom knowingly misses an opportunity to add to the drip drip drip of delegitimising propaganda against the Jewish State. But we shall see. I note that Dodd has a left-leaning and academic background but not one related to this topic. With the best will in the world on his part, leaving aside any expectation of bias, does he know enough of the subject under discussion to be able to ask SS the relevant probing questions?

    • Never mind that. Why not just have a real authority of jewish history on the program instead?
      And where is Sand on the invention of the Land of Palestine?

  2. It would appear that archaeology, and even recent history are not Shlomo Sands’s strong points. What happened to the ancient Jewish community from Hevron in 1929?

    Arab invaders killed it off, just as the Jordanians did in the rest of Judea and Samaria in 1948.

    Where did the Palestinians come from, according to Hamas?

  3. OK this is all well and good but what about a book covering “The Invention of Palestine and/or the Palestinian `People”?
    It would be interesting to know if there was an academic out there working on just such a topic now.

  4. “Historian” when linked with Shlomo Sand, is oxymoronic.
    By using the definition in that way, we might argue that Hans Christian Andersen is a historian too

    • Indeed. Shlomo, the BBC-approved Isra-hating fantasist, more like.

  5. Thoroughly unoriginal title don’t you think? Everybody knows that “The Land of Israel” is pure invention whilst the colonial venture known simply as “Israel” is a dismal project based on racism and man’s inhumanity to man. It has taken 65 yearsso far  and is nowhere near completion! Thank God!


    • Eretz Yisroel, The Land of Israel has been present in Jewish history and prayers for thousands of years before the Romans decided to call it “Palestine”, more than a thousand years before Islam and before the presence of Arabs in that land.

      It is “Palestine” that is “pure invention”!

      “The Palestinian people does not exist. The creation of a Palestinian state is only a means for continuing our struggle against the state of Israel for our Arab unity. In reality today there is no difference between Jordanians, Palestinians, Syrians and Lebanese. Only for political and tactical reasons do we speak today about the existence of a Palestinian people, since Arab national interests demand that we posit the existence of a distinct “Palestinian people” to oppose Zionism. For tactical reasons, Jordan, which is a sovereign state with defined borders, cannot raise claims to Haifa and Jaffa. While as a Palestinian, I can undoubtedly demand Haifa, Jaffa, Beer-Sheva and Jerusalem. However, the moment we reclaim our right to all of Palestine, we will not wait even a minute to unite Palestine and Jordan.”

      (PLO executive committee member Zahir Muhsein, March 31, 1977, interview with the Dutch newspaper Trouw.)

      • Thx for reminding us of this statement – it had slipped my mind. Not that this will change the views of detractors/delegitimisers of Israel – but when was logic in their arguments?

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