Goliath: Life and Loathing in Greater Israel

Goliath: Life and Loathing in Greater Israel

Max Blumenthal

2014 Lannan beginning Cultural Freedom outstanding e-book Award

In Goliath, New York Times bestselling writer Max Blumenthal takes us on a trip throughout the badlands and excessive roads of Israel-Palestine, portray a startling portrait of Israeli society below the siege of more and more authoritarian politics because the profession of the Palestinians deepens.

Beginning with the nationwide elections performed in the course of Israel's warfare on Gaza in 2008-09, which introduced into energy the country's such a lot right-wing govt thus far, Blumenthal tells the tale of Israel within the wake of the cave in of the Oslo peace process.

As Blumenthal finds, Israel has turn into a rustic the place right-wing leaders like Avigdor Lieberman and Bibi Netanyahu are sacrificing democracy at the altar in their strength politics; the place the unswerving competition principally and passively stands apart and watches the equipped attack on civil liberties; the place state-funded Orthodox rabbis put up books that supply directions on how and whilst to kill Gentiles; the place 1/2 Jewish formative years claim their refusal to sit down in a lecture room with an Arab; and the place mob violence ambitions Palestinians and African asylum seekers scapegoated via prime govt officers as "demographic threats."

Immersing himself like few different reporters contained in the global of hardline political leaders and routine, Blumenthal interviews the demagogues and divas of their houses, within the Knesset, and within the watering holes the place their younger acolytes hang around, and speaks with these political leaders at the back of the geared up attack on civil liberties. As his trip deepens, he painstakingly stories at the occupied Palestinians tough schemes of demographic separation via unarmed protest. He talks at size to the leaders and adolescence of Palestinian society within Israel now certain through defense carrier dragnets and laws suppressing their speech, and gives in-depth reporting at the small band of Jewish Israeli dissidents who've shaken off a conformist mind-set that permeates the media, colleges, and the military.

Through his far-ranging travels, Blumenthal illuminates the current via uncovering the ghosts of the past—the histories of Palestinian neighborhoods and villages now long gone and forgotten; how that background has set the level for the present concern of Israeli society; and the way the Holocaust has been became justification for occupation.

A courageous and unflinching account of the genuine evidence at the floor, Goliath is an unheard of and compelling paintings of journalism.

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