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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All the better to keep hidden from outsiders, the racial realities on the ground in Israel. Israel, by contrast, only shows the abuse that comes with unlimited power over others, demonstrating Jews behaving badly, steadily eroding the sympathy they rightly inherited from the actions of the Third Reich. Simply goiath, “Goliath” is powerful, much like the mythical character that is its namesake.

Get to Know Us. 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.

This section may lend undue weight to certain ideas, incidents, or controversies. Western being how Israel has not always seen itself, but has always sold itself. That stuff seldom works. The image of Israel presented in Goliath is one of a fearful, arrogant, racist, non-democratic state controlled by a select right wing group. The following year, a five-year-old girl, Danielle Shefi, was shot to death at point blank range by an Arab killer, while cowering under her parents’ bed.

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And then, all of a sudden, at the end of all this storytelling, starting at minute 36, he does a few things. The mainstream and left-wing world media are also extremely culpable for fomenting mass killing of Jewish men, women and children in Israel.

Rather than rehearse the book’s vignettes, all full of unbelievably gory details, I will end by summarizing the logic of Benjamin Netanyahu’s who refers to himself as “King Bibi” neo-Colonialism: Support of Israel is widely accepted as an unquestioned imperative by Americans and American politicians of both parties.


The fact is Israel does not have a right to exist as a state exclusively for Jews. It is the kind of haze behind which any and all national sins can be rationalized, justified and hidden — all in the name of, and in defense of, a mythical racial purity. One simply needs to enjoy dogged, committed journalism, unafraid to express a point of view based on evidence that demands such expression. Lustick wants his ethnically pure enclave, notwithstanding the cost to the native Palestinian inhabitants of the land – a cost laid bare in page after page of Blumenthal’s book.

Goliath: Life and Loathing in Greater Israel by Max Blumenthal

If you wish to be prepared to understand this nearly inevitable day, this book is an excellent place to begin your education. Amazon Advertising Find, attract, and engage customers.

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 the Goliath: This is a familiar story of a people whipped into a nationalistic fervor, and told their entire lives that the problems of their country are the result of another group.

This is a powerfully written book, a mixture of current events, historical data, and personal anecdotal comments and stories. And tragically, Godwin’s Law does not apply.

Life and Loathing in Greater Israel ina look at what he described as Israel’s aggressive shift to the far-right, and its crackdown on local activism.

Skip to main content. Beginning with the national elections carried out during Israel’s war on Gaza in 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.

Israel has continually violated International Law, and UN Resolutions and obligations since its inception. Amazon Giveaway allows you to run promotional giveaways in order to create buzz, reward your audience, and attract new followers and customers.


Jul 15, keatssycamore rated it it was ok Shelves: Goldin, was taken captive by an ambush team from the Hamas military wing known as the Qassam Brigades[31]. Recommend anyone who wants to learn more about Israel and Palestinians read it.

Alexa Actionable Analytics for the Web. He speaks the truth, that’s all you need to know. I was forced to conclude that unless I was prepared to spend endless stores of energy jousting with Assad apologists, I was merely providing them cover by keeping my name and reputation associated with Al Akhbar. You owe it to yourself to take a fair look at the reality of Israel.

Whatever else this book does, it forces us to face straight up, one of our worse bljmenthal fears about that besieged little middle eastern nation: We learn about the events since that have had a tremendous impact on Israel, its people and its ideology.

Palestine Peace Not Apartheid.

Life and Loathing in Greater Israel: A Review of Max Blumenthal’s ‘Goliath’

Jim Miles is a Canadian educator and a regular contributor of opinion pieces and book reviews for The Palestine Chronicle. I never bluemnthal I would feel a sense of shame in participating in the opening ceremonies of my local Holocaust Museum as a child, but the quoted words and fanatical behavior of Israelis definitely pushes me in that direction.

These ensure the boycotting of businesses that employ Arabs and the punishment of Israeli landlords that rent to non-Jews. When Ian Lustick, the very liberal Zionist political scientist and friend of Blumenthal’s father, received Max at UPenn, part of a friendly effort to bulmenthal the media blackout around this book in contrast to the wide coverage of his previous book on the Republican partythe reception was friendly but condemnatory.

And yet Poles are endlessly portrayed, by Jews, as a horribly intolerant people.