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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By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. Not Enabled Screen Reader: This is because Moral denigration encourages physical elimination It is entirely in keeping in the character of Islamists or rabidly leftist anti-Zionists that they should carry a rabid hatred of Israel to the point of defending the killers of Israeli children.

And as the book comes to a close, Blumenthal draws the reader to Germany, where the only As they say in Spanish “va sumando,” or “it adds up. University of Pennsylvania B. Then I learned something new that was equally blumental.

Goliath: Life and Loathing in Greater Israel by Max Blumenthal

The main idea I got from this book is that Blumenthal feels that Israel is heading in the wrong direction, and if current positions and ideology do not change, the very existence of the state is in jeopardy. When the author’s 73 vignettes are laid end-to-end they form an unmistakable pattern, a recognizable arc that is not unfamiliar to history or to contemporary international relations.

Life and Loathing in Greater Israel: An occupier mows down faceless Iraqis but the real victim is his anguished soul”. Page 1 of 1 Start over Page 1 of 1. Refresh and try again.

How there are goliiath sets of citizenship rights for Jewish citizens in Israel, and Arab citizens of Israel. Blumenthal spends significant time on the condition of Palestinian citizens of Israel. Thus, as if from a bas relief, details are raised to which the local eye has become so accustomed that it no longer notices their existence.

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The status quo…so entrenched, and the occupation…so manageable, [they] no longer felt compelled blumethal mask their agenda with disingenuous appeals to Western opinions…. Submit Please insert a valid email address By signing up to The Jpost mailing list, I hereby Accept the terms and conditions.


Brilliant, infuriating, troubling, illuminating, depressing, inspiring – this book provoked so many feelings in me! Max Blumenthal is great.

Goliath: Life and Loathing in Greater Israel

How in the world can the U. Retrieved October 23, ComiXology Thousands of Digital Comics. I offer this claim for numerous reasons, primary among them the painstaking research evident in the book. As his journey deepens, he painstakingly reports on the occupied Palestinians challenging schemes of demographic separation through unarmed protest.

Blumenthal: Goliath: Life and Loathing in Greater Israel

These are not circumstances conducive to the development of a healthy, functioning society. As to the Palestinian citizens of Israel, those who believe in the myth of equal rights for all Israeli citizens now have reason to be less optimistic about the condition of Israeli democracy. Goliath then argues that as the official, legislative, and policy efforts to disenfranchise Israel’s Arab population came into maturity, living amongst state-sanctioned discrimination led Israel’s Jewish population to cease to see Arab-Israelis as anything other than threats.

Interestingly, utilizing largely American taxpayer money to foster the narrative of “civilization”, “democracy” and “progress”, a ethno-fascist regime has grown in place of these ideals. Then you can start reading Kindle books on your smartphone, tablet, or computer – no Kindle device required. Blessed Are the Warmongers. The fact is Israel does not have a right to exist as a state exclusively for Jews. He expertly implicates Israeli politicians in a wide range of discriminatory and violent practices.

The book is riveting and well-written. It is flawed by an excess of editorial adjectives and leftist assumptions, which in fact detract from its message because they cast some suspicion upon the author’s objectivity.

And yet Poles are endlessly portrayed, by Jews, as a horribly intolerant people. Unlike Filkins, though, Blumenthal isn’t evocative enough and succinct enough to keep this technique from grinding the reader down.

Blumenthal on RT America on December 8, So, that was a struggle for me. Open Preview See a Problem? Israeli left-wing protesters are somewhere near the bottom of the ladder.

It’s just hardwired into the creation of the country; the idea of exclusionism and ethno-religious supremacy, even if – as in Pakistan – the founders of the country stressed the need for tolerating minorities within their own borders. 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.


Composed of short, readable vignettes of interviews and slice-of-life observations, most of which seem accurate–and are confirmed by independent evidence in many cases–the book depicts a country increasingly dominated by open ethno-nationalism, and deformed by the oppressive and unpleasant consequences of enforcing that against a dominated Palestinian Arab population.

While I was pretty compelled by this book due to the sheer volume of research and the strength of the facts marshalled for his argument; I’ll still keep my powder dry in making a decision about what Israel is until I can visit one day. Any American would do well to be educated by this book that doesn’t turn aside from the ugliness that Israel, try as it might, is failing to conceal. And further, I believe that the reader will also conclude that Israel’s moral flip-flop from “defending democracy” to “defending Jewish racial purity,” is truly one of biblical proportions, and one that portends only bad things in the future for Israel and for the International Community.

But how is it that in our life time, the collective guilt and heart-felt dreams for a Jewish homeland come true — one free of the evils of the kind of racism and anti-Semitism imposed on European Jewry by Adolph Hitler, has now been turned completely on its head? Product details File Size: I admire Israeli activist like Yonatan Shapira more than ever – and, as for the citizens of Bi’lin, Ni’lin and others peacefully protesting the wall and trying to go about their lives its shadow, they are beyond praise.

Ayatollah Khomeini was number one. Hamas and Hezbollah, two of the terorist organizations that work for the physical annihilation of Israel describe Jews as ‘pigs’, ‘cancer’. The Israeli predilection for violence, coupled with justifications rooted in visceral racial fears, is systematically turning Israel into a modern-day race-based dystopia.

Blumenthal does a tremendous job of showing the apartheid state if Israel in all its true colors. Other topics are discussed like the Flotilla incident where Turkey tried to bring in aid to the Gaza Strip, and you’ll learn in detail what really happened.