Campus Watch in the Media
El Haj and the "Pure Political Fabrication" [on Nadia Abu El Haj]
by Paula Stern
"Pure political fabrication." that is how Nadia Abu El Haj describes the "modernJewish/Israeli belief in ancient Jewish origins."
A blogger named Richard Silverstein says I'm making this up. He says I'm lying. That if you quote the full sentence:
says Silverstein, the meaning is reversed.
In reality, Nadia Abu El Haj is faulting Israeli archaeologists for their thought crimes. Put more simply, El Haj believes they are at fault because "The modern Jewish/Israeli belief in ancient Israelite origins is not understood as a pure political fabrication."
Read the whole paragraph (p. 250) and see what she really says.
But, Nadia, dear, it is not merely possible but valid for scholars to construct a "hierarchy of credibility." Most would say that this is the point of having scholars. Scholars examine the evidence and make the judgment that, after sustained questioning of the evidence, there is indeed a "genuine national-cultural connection between contemporary (Israeli-)Jews" and many two and three-thousand year old archaeological artifacts, while there is no evidence of Palestinian Arab national-cultural connection to Canaanite or other ancient tribes.Note: Postings in "Campus Watch in the Media" do not necessarily reflect the views of Campus Watch.
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