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Shalom Lappin offers a meticulous review essay of Jacqueline Rose’s The Question
of Zion – which characterises Zionism as a collective mental disorder induced by
centuries of Jewish suffering. In what is possibly the most serious critical treatment
that the book has yet received, Lappin mounts a devastating critique across a range
of levels, raising serious questions about not only the scholarly standards of Rose’s
book, but also concerning her serious misunderstandings of Jewish theology and
history upon which the argument rests, particularly her misunderstanding of the
Jewish messianic tradition and its relation to Zionism. He also highlights the
book’s consistent repression of historical context, amateur and reductive misuse
of psychoanalysis, and mis-reading of Israeli history and society. We invite the
responses of our readers.

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