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. Writing at the Atlantic, Fallows described Blumenthal’s Goliath as a book that “ should be discussed and read” and dismissed criticism of Goliath. Blumenthal’s “Goliath” holds mirror to Israeli society. Rod Such The Electronic Intifada 4 November Cover of Goliath by Max Blumenthal. A specter is.

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Unlike a traditional war zone, the victims are often riding, sitting in schools or enjoying a meal. 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 blmuenthal their enemies, and the differences between Jews and Pa Max Blumenthal gives a view of modern Israel that is alarming and eye-opening.

How in the world can the U. Blumenthal interviewed a huge number of people for Goliath goliqth incorporates into his analysis a vast range of commentary, reportage, legislation, and personal narrative. View all 10 comments.

Retrieved December 23, Blumenthal says his book, Republican Gomorrah: When “manufactured” images of racial fears are coupled with myths of racial purity, invariably they will begin to clash with national ideals of democracy, liberty and justice.

The Jews of Israel believe that they possess western ideals and morals, which are not shared by the rest of the Middle East, therefore they must isolate themselves from the intellectually, genetically and morally inferior Arabs.

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.

According to his testimony, he. Like a surgeon, Blumenthal deconstructs the elaborate propaganda that promotes Israel as both Jewish and democratic, making it clear that The Jewish State is on a road to ruin as it attempts to practice the apartheid that civilization no longer accepts, riding nationalism to new extremes under the protection of holocaust guilt, the financial and political backing of wealthy Jewish Americans such as Sheldon Adelson and the clout of the Israel Lobby in the United States.

I’m a typical American in that I accepted “The Story of Israel” and cheered the Israelis on in the war without having the slightest idea of the situation in the Middle East.


Blumenthal: Goliath: Life and Loathing in Greater Israel

InBlumenthal covered hunger strikes in the privatized Goloath Detention Center by undocumented migrants for The Nation. Want to Read saving…. Life and Loathing in Greater Israel. While he periodically provides historical context, Goliath is highly topical, largely affixed on the Israel of today, and in relevant spots, of the past goliayh decades.

The Jewish State has no long-term future, it is an anachronism. 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 in the subject – and wondering why America is increasingly consumed with hate itself. Preview — Goliath by Max Blumenthal. Customers who bought this item also bought.

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. His reporting from the Gaza strip in was developed into a book, The 51 Day War: Hadar Goldin probably was killed during the initial battle.

Looking at current events in Gaza amplifies many of the points Blumenthal makes. It is this humanising approach, used across the board even for those the author disagrees with, which helps this book stand out. First, he accuses Blumenthal of being too anecdotal and not sufficiently serious. Miles’ work is also presented globally through other alternative websites and news publications. But as Israeli settlers unilaterally took more and more land, I began to wond I’m a typical American in that I accepted “The Story of Israel” and cheered the Israelis on in the war without having the slightest idea of the situation in the Middle East.

He occasionally covers domestic issues such as corporate media consolidation, the influence of the Christian right and police brutality.

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November 15, ; retrieved September 12, 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 have heard from the “middle” in Israel — who may be right wing, but only because of the lies and distortions they’ve been fed; they are like the relatively acquiescent masses in the United States, and it’s them we need to try to target somehow. And in many cases, they are directly responsible through the universal conscription that makes many execute the practical roles of the occupation.


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 Max Blumenthal’s Goliath is a brave and important book.

Nov 09, David rated it really liked it. Towards the end of the book, Blumenthal discusses the wall mentality—the security wall, the Gaza walls, the walls of the Sinai, the new walls along the Jordanian border and with Syria. 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.

Ironically the real Nazis set up Europe for the Holocaust of Jews by demon zing them to such an extent that their mass murder was seen as a rightful act of justice. I truly believe that Israel needs to be the target of the next global movement that helped put an end to apartheid South Africa. Among observant Jews who are otherwise demographically aligned with the country’s right wing base, the vast majority would have a problem with an Arab for a next-door neighbor. Blumenthal not only writes from a careful study of the facts, he writes with the benefit of swimming in the stream, going into the country and interviewing Israelis and Palestinians of all opinions.

Blumenthal points out that birth control was banned in Israel until the late ‘s, and that abortion was illegal untilall to ensure a high Israeli Jewish birthrate. In the Middle East, another war of biblical proportions is taking place.

They talk about the history of Palestine and what happened during the establishment of Israel in the 40s. With journalist David NeiwertBlumenthal wrote about Sarah Palin ‘s links to the secessionist Alaska Independence Party and how that party reportedly “played a quiet but pivotal role in electing Palin as mayor of Wasilla and shaping her political agenda afterward.

Nov 17, Clif rated it it was amazing.

These inclinations have always been present in Jewish Israel, but Blumenthal maintains that it has become much more extreme under the leadership of Netanyahu.

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