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  • Title: Goliath: Life and Loathing in Greater Israel
  • Author: Max Blumenthal
  • ISBN: 9781568586342
  • Page: 290
  • Format: Hardcover

  • In Goliath, New York Times bestselling author Max Blumenthal takes us on a journey through the badlands and high roads of Israel Palestine, painting a startling portrait of Israeli society under the siege of increasingly authoritarian politics as the occupation of the Palestinians deepens.Beginning with the national elections carried out during Israel s war on Gaza in 2008In Goliath, New York Times bestselling author Max Blumenthal takes us on a journey through the badlands and high roads of Israel Palestine, painting a startling portrait of Israeli society under the siege of increasingly authoritarian politics as the occupation of the Palestinians deepens.Beginning with the national elections carried out during Israel s war on Gaza in 2008 09, which brought into power the country s most right wing government to date, Blumenthal tells the story of Israel in the wake of the collapse of the Oslo peace process.As Blumenthal reveals, Israel has become a country where right wing leaders like Avigdor Lieberman and Bibi Netanyahu are sacrificing democracy on the altar of their power politics where the loyal opposition largely and passively stands aside and watches the organized assault on civil liberties where state funded Orthodox rabbis publish books that provide instructions on how and when to kill Gentiles where half of Jewish youth declare their refusal to sit in a classroom with an Arab and where mob violence targets Palestinians and African asylum seekers scapegoated by leading government officials as demographic threats Immersing himself like few other journalists inside the world of hardline political leaders and movements, Blumenthal interviews the demagogues and divas in their homes, in the Knesset, and in the watering holes where their young acolytes hang out, and speaks with those political leaders behind the organized assault on civil liberties As his journey deepens, he painstakingly reports on the occupied Palestinians challenging schemes of demographic separation through unarmed protest He talks at length to the leaders and youth of Palestinian society inside Israel now targeted by security service dragnets and legislation suppressing their speech, and provides in depth reporting on the small band of Jewish Israeli dissidents who have shaken off a conformist mindset that permeates the media, schools, and the military.Through his far ranging travels, Blumenthal illuminates the present by uncovering the ghosts of the past the histories of Palestinian neighborhoods and villages now gone and forgotten how that history has set the stage for the current crisis of Israeli society and how the Holocaust has been turned into justification for occupation.A brave and unflinching account of the real facts on the ground, Goliath is an unprecedented and compelling work of journalism.
    Max Blumenthal
    Max Blumenthal born December 18, 1977 is an American author, journalist, and blogger He is a senior writer for Alternet and formerly a writer for The Daily Beast, Al Akhbar, and Media Matters for America.He is the author of two books including Republican Gomorrah Inside the Movement that Shattered the Party 2009 , which appeared on The New York Times bestsellers list, and Goliath Life and Loathing in Greater Israel 2013.Blumenthal joined Lebanon s Al Akhbar in late 2011 primarily to write about Israel Palestine issues and foreign policy debates in Washington, noting, upon leaving in mid 2012 in protest of its coverage of the Syrian Civil War, that it gave me latitude than any paper in the United States to write about Israel and Palestine He ended his association with Al Akhbar in June 2012, over what he viewed as the newspaper s pro Assad editorial line during the Syrian Civil War that he said was spearheaded by Amal Saad Ghorayeb.Blumenthal contributes weekly articles to Alternet where he has been a senior writer since September 2014 He focuses on the deepening crisis in the Middle East and its role in shaping political dynamics and public opinion in the US, particularly the special relationship with Israel He occasionally covers domestic issues such as corporate media consolidation, the influence of the Christian right and police brutality His reporting from the Gaza strip in 2014 was developed into a book, The 51 Day War Ruin and Resistance in Gaza.Blumenthal s articles and video documentaries have appeared in The New York Times, Los Angeles Times, The Daily Beast, The Nation, The Guardian, The Huffington Post, Independent Film Channel IFC , Salon, The Real News, and Al Jazeera English, among other publications.


    I'm a typical American in that I accepted "The Story of Israel" and cheered the Israelis on in the 1967 war without having the slightest idea of the situation in the Middle East. As far as I was concerned, Israelis were "just like us" and therefor worth supporting.I accepted that there were two equally legitimate parties contending for land and that there was a drive to divide that land justly: the endless peace talks. But as Israeli settlers unilaterally took more and more land, I began to wond [...]

    Brilliant, infuriating, troubling, illuminating, depressing, inspiring - this book provoked so many feelings in me! It is excellent journalism; as another reviewer has said, even those who think they know a fair bit about the situation will find themselves learning a lot. Blumenthal narrates his experiences in Israel between 2009 and 2013, including interviews with people on all sides and all walks of life. What he ends up witnessing is a rather shaky democracy's plunge into unabashed, racist fa [...]

    What a truly engrossing read. Blumenthal does a tremendous job of showing the apartheid state if Israel in all its true colors. What I appreciate the most about this book is the way Blumenthal weaves together threads of Palestinian history and current events in context while simultaneously illustrating precisely how Israel has sunk deeper and deeper into a white supremacist state that targets African migrants with the same brutally racist means. I do wish there was a bit more skepticism about th [...]

    I don't like Max Blumenthal, although I've never met the man. He's a leftist convinced of his own moral superiority, and quick to judge any rube whose world view or manners don't conform to his standards. He's the sort of fellow who calls someone "racist," after which analysis stops.However, he's written an important and fundamentally accurate, if flawed book about today's State of Israel. Composed of short, readable vignettes of interviews and slice-of-life observations, most of which seem accu [...]

    In this book Blumenthal makes what seems to be a pretty compelling case that Israel is descending (or has already descended) into a form of fascism, driven in part by the occupation of the West Bank but also as a natural result of the states' founding ideology. The book is basically a series of vignettes, but there is a ton of research in here, both contemporary on-the-ground and looking through history. As he tells it Israel is becoming an increasingly racist and militarized state, intolerant o [...]

    Goliath: Life and Loathing in Greater Israel by Max Blumenthal revisits the Israeli/Palestinian dilemma largely from the perspective of Israel’s injustice to the Palestinians, both outside Israel’s borders and within them.This is an overwritten if heavily researched, personal account that undermines its principal thesis with an excess of one-sided reporting, all of which contains elements of truth but nonetheless raises questions on page after page about whether these elements of truth tell [...]

    Yet again another trendy left non-Israeli Jew decides to jump on the 'burn Israel' bandwagon hoping to get ahead with his champagne socialist friends in the media and academia by writing hate-filled agitprop against Israel.Now erroneously comparing Israel to South African Apartheid is not strong enough for the genocidal agenda of the Islamists and their hard left allies. Now all Israelis are labeled Nazis. The descendants of the Holocaust survivors are now to be in the popular mind no longer Jew [...]

    Adam Heffelfinger
    There is likely no rule in internet debate as well known as Godwin's Law. The semi-satirical law coined in 1990 by author/attorney Mike Godwin states (essentially) that the invoking of Hitler or the Nazis by any participant in a debate causes the participant doing so to lose the debate. But Godwin's Law is not without its detractors. Kevin Drum of Mother Jones and liberal firebrand Glenn Greenwald have each argued for its repeal. Noting rightly, that since WWII analogies are so universally known [...]

    Max Blumenthal's Goliath is a brave and important book. Blumenthal raises the alarm on a rising tide of racism and close-mindedness in modern Israel that is increasingly based in the ideology and policy supported by the country's youth. To draw attention to this cultural crisis and stimulate action the book features examples of some of the most disgusting manifestations of the shift in national attitude including an apparent paranoia concerning the prospect of Arab men gaining sexual access to I [...]

    This is less a book than a series of vignettes - it feels like a series of blog posts, really. Well researched and fascinating posts - but chronologically messed up and without any narrative structure. So, that was a struggle for me.The book IS of course totally one sided, which makes it easy to be dismissivebut we get the other side all day every day, and this side is "technically accurate" according to even Blumenthal's harshest critics. A worthy read.

    Yonis Gure
    Very disturbing read. This book rips through the veneer of propaganda in Israel and reveals the Jim Crow like racism at the core of the Zionist ideology. I truly believe that Israel needs to be the target of the next global movement that helped put an end to apartheid South Africa. Free Palestine!

    Facts are cherry picked, re-arranged and deceptively presented to make a point. Blumenthal interviews the most extreme Israelis and the most moderate Palestinians, making the Israelis look like monsters, when the majority are fairly normal people. I love what Eric Alterman wrote on it. "The Israeli author and champion of its peace movement soon thereafter ends the interview and asks Blumenthal to please tear up his phone number. Here, our author attributes the response he receives, yet again, to [...]

    As they say in Spanish "va sumando," or "it adds up." Blumenthal's landmark book is written in extremely accessible journalistic anecdotal style. There is no theory. But the anecdotes just keep adding up, forcing the reader to draw some of their own conclusions, unable to avert their gaze and dismiss each story as just an individual story. The fascist, racist nature of the Zionist system becomes undeniable. And as the book comes to a close, Blumenthal draws the reader to Germany, where the only [...]

    Joe Sherman
    You owe it to yourself to take a fair look at the reality of Israel. The author is an American Jew who lived in Israel during the three years he worked on this book. It is not a pretty picture of modern Israel. Support of Israel is widely accepted as an unquestioned imperative by Americans and American politicians of both parties. This book will shake their assumptions. Rosenthal also offers a critical perspective on the history of Israel going back to 1948. It is a major ongoing tragedy leading [...]

    Greg Brown
    Cataloguing the current political situation in Israel, Blumenthal's Goliath is an important and damning work. Unlike most books on Israel-Palestine affairs, Blumenthal is less concerned with proving which ideology is right or wrong (or whether the definition of “apartheid” matches the situation), and more aimed at using the brute facts of the situation to illustrate the incredible devastation wrought by the Israeli right-wing. I regard myself as a pretty news-conscious guy of the Left, but s [...]

    This book was ridiculously informative about an issue that I new very little about. Every time I learned something absolutely astonishing I thought that there was nothing else that could be that bad. Then I learned something new that was equally crazy. There are so many topics and I can't list them all here. But the background is that Max Blumenthal wrote about what he saw when he traveled to Israel in 2009-2011. It started when he interviewed young Israelis during Obama's visit to Egypt in 2009 [...]

    Max Blumenthal gives a view of modern Israel that is alarming and eye-opening. He describes how the state has become radicalized under Benjamin Netanyahu. We learn about the events since 1948 that have had a tremendous impact on Israel, its people and its ideology. Though an Ashkenazi Jew himself, Blumenthal feels that Israel under Netanyahu has become an extremely racist and paranoid state obsessed with the idea that they are under siege by their enemies, and the differences between Jews and Pa [...]

    This is an eye-opener; at least it was for me. I was familiar with much of the political debate in America about the U.S.-Israel relationship, but never really understood how the right-wing worked inside Israel (and the surrounding Palestinian areas). Max Blumenthal has cut his teeth covering conservative movements and how they can metastasize from academic philosophies into cultural (and military) battles. In “Goliath” he applies the focus of his previous book, “Republican Gomorrah” (an [...]

    Max Blumenthal does an excellent job documenting how the Israeli government is moving more and more towards one of the most right-wing governments among western nations. Western being how Israel has not always seen itself, but has always sold itself. Starting from the Israeli slaughter of Palestinians in Operation cast Lead in December of 2008 to the present Blumenthal meticulously documents the progression of both the government of Israel and the greater public are moving towards a completely f [...]

    This is primarily a collection of short "'stories" -- Blumenthal's impressions and experiences as he travels around Israel and the Occupied Palestinian Territories, talking to right-wing politicians, settlers and other crazies as well as brave leftist Israelis who fight back alongside Palestinians. It is both engaging and highly informational. My only two complaints is that the book seems a bit disjointed (there is no particular pattern to the order of his chapters) and I would sort of like to h [...]

    An important, deeply humanising though at times harrowing eyewitness account from on the ground in Israel-Palestine - both within the infamous Green Line and in the Occupied Territories - as the author travels & meets both Israeli and Palestinian activists from across the political spectrum, ranging from radical Israelis standing side by side with Palestinians against the state or those hardline right-wingers stoking the hatred which is on the rise in Israel.Essential reading for anyone keep [...]

    Bruce Nordstrom
    I finished this one last night, and it was a long read. I had to read a few chapters at a time, and digest them before going on.Read carefully. This is the kind of book which might change your life. It will make you examine your feelings about the Middle East, and Israel.Like most Americans, I am (Should I say 'Was?') a generally non-involved supporter of the state of Israel. I started to read this book, and I started to ask myself why. And I have to admit my support was based mostly on two book [...]

    This does the annoying thing that modern journalism books seem to require: provide first person narratives of events meant to be scary/perilous and assume the anecdotes provide context for various points the author is trying to make. That stuff seldom works. Here I rarely felt there was any true danger to the writer and, to the extent there seems to be some danger, it's been manufactured with some craftily deployed hyperbole.This is a minor complaint though. Blumenthal keeps that stuff limited ( [...]

    Susan Paxton
    Terrifying reading. Israel started in hope, but will it end in horror? Blumenthal convincingly (see review below from conservative reader who can find nothing wrong with the book) portrays a country increasingly in thrall to the far right wing, including former Russians filled with hate and Americans who love to meddle. Israel needs to find a way to live with its neighbors (and I might add that its neighbors also need to find a way to live with Israel); this is a vital book for anyone interested [...]

    An important and disturbing book. Occasionally marred by snark, self-admiration, and Chomsky-like harping on embarrassing quotes, the journalism is overall brave and extensive. Obviously more a work of passionate advocacy than a balanced treatise, it adds useful context and some new facts and personal stories to current debates on Israel and the Middle East.

    One of the best books I have read on this subject: concise, accurate and engaging - and complete dynamite.

    A very important book that I recommend everyone should read and discuss.

    Graham Clark
    Blumenthal paints a picture of Israel as a country utterly obsessed with the past, but at the same time utterly blind to it. A country which is profoundly racist, profoundly anti-democratic, and hell-bent on reducing the Other to sub-human status. The book ignores almost all violence from the Palestinian side, but also shows that the problems are vastly wider than chucking explosives back and forth.It's difficult to conclude much without vastly over-simplifying something. The litany of crimes by [...]

    An overwhelming, exhaustive chronicling of Israel's descent into fascism.

    Sharon M
    Exceptional read. An issue so very important and impossible to understand unless delved into. This situation has delivered us to the post911 world we live in today.

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