The Jewish scholar Shlomo Sand has written a book ‘The invention of the Jewish people‘ in which he challenges, what he calls, the historical myth of the formation of the Jewish people. He argues that there was no massive expulsion or migration of Jews from Palestine during the Roman Hellenistic period, contrary to the common held believes. He argues that the Jewish diaspora came into being through conversions throughout the years (and he gives a few examples). As a result he suggests that Jewishness is not a blood acquired identity. He even suggests that the Palestinian peasant population could well be more “Jewish” (in the sense of genetic identity) than the ‘returning Jews’.
His theory has a great political implication for the current situation in Israel. For more see his book and the video of a lecture he delivered at New York University.
What do people think?