Post-Zionist Historian Shlomo Sand: 'The Global Left Is Dying, and With It the Myth of Equality'

In his new book, historian Shlomo Sand, author of the provocative ‘The Invention of the Jewish People,’ asserts that social democracy has failed (it never stood a chance in Israel), that capitalism actually heightens equality and that the left in Israel and elsewhere faces a gloomy future

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Shlomo Sand. “Sometimes you lop off heads in order to achieve equality.”
Shlomo Sand. “Sometimes you lop off heads in order to achieve equality.”Credit: Daniel Tchetchik
Ofri Ilany
Ofri Ilany
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Ofri Ilany

The first time Shlomo Sand was disappointed by the working class was when he was 16. He had just been expelled from high school in Jaffa and had started to work in a factory. “I was a working lad,” the professor relates. “I went to work and I was full of enthusiasm about the proletariat, in light of the values with which I’d been inculcated by my father, who was a communist. But I was really disappointed: the contempt the old-timers had for the young people, the way they exploited me and other working youths. Because I was younger, I had to serve them. I had to sweep the factory. I told my father, ‘Just look at your proletariat.’ I was disappointed.”

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