An Israeli historian has declared his wish to "cease" considering himself a Jew, expressing disgust at the "ethnocentricity" which he feels is the prevailing worldview among many Israelis, the Times of Israel website reports today (October 11, 2014).
In an opinion piece published yesterday in "The Guardian" -- which is an extract from his new book, "How I Stopped Being a Jew" -- Prof. Shlomo Sand of Tel Aviv University says he has been "assimilated by law into a fictitious ethnos of persecutors and their supporters." He writes, "I wish to resign and cease considering myself a Jew."
Sand asserts that Israel is "one of the most racist societies in the western world" due to its strict characterization as a Jewish state. "Racism is present to some degree everywhere, but in Israel it exists deep within the spirit of the laws," he says.
He also expresses his disillusionment with Israel due to its continued occupation of the Palestinian territories, which he says "is leading us on the road to hell."