“Preventing another genocide of the Jewish people, however, can hardly be either achieved, or morally justified, by having Jewish people exterminate another ethnic group,” he writes, with the high heat and opprobrium that pulses through the book. That scalding tone, while certain to alienate readers not onboard with his argument, doesn’t cover up a lack of rigor. To make his case, Hanna surveys not just 20th century and contemporary history, though he digs deep there, charting the horrific phenomena of genocide (“a fatal combination of social Darwinism … racist genetic theory, and fervent nationalism”) and anti-Semitism as well as considerations of Israel’s establishment, conflicts, and expansion. The Broken Promise Of A Promised Land also reaches back further, persuasively tracing a millennium-spanning history of inter-faith conflicts and oppression—and the development of Zionism itself.
With principled empathy for the oppressed, Hanna challenges religious dogma of all types, likens the idea of being “chosen” by God to the idea of a “master race,” and links Israeli lobbying to the United States’ Middle Eastern wars. He demonstrates from the first sentence his disinterest in inviting skeptical readers or believers into his thinking (it begins “If some Jewish people wish to believe they were chosen by a non-existent god …”), instead favoring rhetoric that will stiffen the spines of those already likely to agree.
Takeaway: A fiery denunciation of Israel’s treatment of the Palestinians, written with outrage and historical reach.
Great for fans of: Shlomo Sand’s The Invention of the Jewish People, Ilan Pappe’s Ten Myths About Israel.
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“The Broken Promise of a Promised Land” is a revolutionary piece of literature that throws all formalities and pleasantries out of the window to give way to the harsh, naked truth that our society is in desperate need of. William Hanna’s discourse on racism and religious supremacy by the Zionist Apartheid Jews is written with a perfect balance of wit and expertise, creating a harmony of intrigue and information that keeps one reading. Hanna is well-versed not only with regard to current events but also in history and science. Effectively gathering evidence and data to convey a certain message is quite a rare talent to have even among the smartest.
Many of the more religious readers will probably close the book after reading the first page of Hanna’s controversial thoughts and opinions but those broad-minded enough to give it a chance will surely close the book at the last page, minds renewed and better-informed than ever before.