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Author Magid, Shaul, 1958- author.

Title Meir Kahane : the public life and political thought of an American Jewish radical / Shaul Magid
Published Princeton, New Jersey : Princeton University Press, [2021]
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Description 1 online resource (343 p.)
Contents Introduction: Why Kahane? -- 1. Liberalism: Kahane in context: radicalism and liberalism in 1960s American Jewry -- 2. Radicalism: radical bedfellows: Meir Kahane and the "New Jews" in the late 1960s -- 3. Race and racism: Kahane on race and Judeo-pessimism -- 4. Communism: Vietnam and Soviet Jewry: Kahane's battle against communism -- 5. Zionism: Kahane's Zionism: the political experiment of abnormality and its tragic demise -- 6. Militant post-Zionist apocalypticism: Kahane's the Jewish idea
Summary The life and politics of an American Jewish activist who preached radical and violent means to Jewish survivalMeir Kahane came of age amid the radical politics of the counterculture, becoming a militant voice of protest against Jewish liberalism. Kahane founded the Jewish Defense League in 1968, declaring that Jews must protect themselves by any means necessary. He immigrated to Israel in 1971, where he founded KACH, an ultranationalist and racist political party. He would die by assassination in 1990. Shaul Magid provides an in-depth look at this controversial figure, showing how the postwar American experience shaped his life and political thought.Magid sheds new light on Kahane's radical political views, his critique of liberalism, and his use of the "grammar of race" as a tool to promote Jewish pride. He discusses Kahane's theory of violence as a mechanism to assure Jewish safety, and traces how his Zionism evolved from a fervent support of Israel to a belief that the Zionist project had failed. Magid examines how tradition and classical Jewish texts profoundly influenced Kahane's thought later in life, and argues that Kahane's enduring legacy lies not in his Israeli career but in the challenge he posed to the liberalism and assimilatory project of the postwar American Jewish establishment.This incisive book shows how Kahane was a quintessentially American figure, one who adopted the radicalism of the militant Left as a tenet of Jewish survival
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
Notes Description based on online resource; title from digital title page (viewed on October 08, 2021)
Subject Kahane, Meir.
Kahane, Meir.
Political activists -- Israel -- Biography
Political activists -- New York (State) -- New York -- Biography
Rabbis -- Israel -- Biography.
Rabbis -- New York (State) -- New York -- Biography.
Political activists.
New York (State) -- New York.
Genre/Form Electronic books.
Form Electronic book
ISBN 069121266X