It examines what Blumenthal characterizes as Israel's aggressive shift to the far-right, and its crackdown on local activism. In the preface, Blumenthal says that "Americans' tax dollars and political support [that] are crucial in sustaining the present state of affairs" in Israel. Publishers Weekly wrote that the book is "a blunt look at a country where citizens are clearly divided into the "haves" and the "have nots". Eric Alterman , writing in The Nation , said " Goliath is a propaganda tract The book was criticized by J. Goldberg in an "Opinion" piece in The Forward , saying it was biased against Israel, and pointing to errors in spelling.
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Enter your mobile number or email address below and we'll send you a link to download the free Kindle App. Then you can start reading Kindle books on your smartphone, tablet, or computer - no Kindle device required. To get the free app, enter your mobile phone number. Would you like to tell us about a lower price? If you are a seller for this product, would you like to suggest updates through seller support? Beginning with the national elections carried out during Israel's war on Gaza in , 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.
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.
A brave and unflinching account of the real facts on the ground, Goliath is an unprecedented and compelling work of journalism. Read more Read less. Kindle Cloud Reader Read instantly in your browser. Frequently bought together. Add all three to Cart Add all three to List. These items are shipped from and sold by different sellers. Show details. Ships from and sold by Amazon.
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America: The Farewell Tour. Chris Hedges. Matt Stoller. Register a free business account. Review "Armed with a critic's eye and a sharp pen, Blumenthal sets out to document what he regards as the fulfillment of Yeshayahu Leibowitz's darkest prophecy regarding the Israeli occupation.
Exposure to the impressions from his journey through the Land of Israel-Palestine might be outrageous, unsettling, often heart wrenching. But those who fear for the image of this land would be well advised to respond to the challenge and to deal with his flowing descriptions of the struggles he witnessed and of the brave souls he met in one of the most divided and conflict-ridden places in the world.
Anyone who thinks he knows what is happening in Israel and its occupied territories will think again after reading this great work. You'll find yourself instantly immersed in an engrossing family romance-one part tender, one part train-wreck-and wish you had the entire day to keep reading.
Put it down, and pick it up the next day, and you'll have the exact same feeling. Blumenthal is an enterprising reporter. The sharp-edged scenes and portraits in this disturbing book shows why the chances for lasting peace in the region have gone from bad to worse. This is the sort of book that even if you want to diss it, you can't dismiss it.
Manekin, Professor of Philosophy, Director of the Joseph and Rebecca Meyerhoff Center of Jewish Studies at the University of Maryland "Blumenthal's new book offers an unflinching look at the racist reality of Israel that America's establishment media simply does not have the guts to confront.
Makes me wish he wrote for the New York Times. Kennedy School of Government "Erudite, hard-hitting, [ Goliath has] the potential to influence American public opinion on Israel He blogs at maxblumenthal. Don't have a Kindle? Customer reviews. How does Amazon calculate star ratings?
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Customer images. See all customer images. Top Reviews Most recent Top Reviews. There was a problem filtering reviews right now. Please try again later. Verified Purchase. Max Blumenthal is an award-winning investigative journalist whose insight and integrity I trust, and I don't really trust all that many people. I put off reading this book for quite a while, even for two months after purchasing it sat on my bookcase waiting its inevitable turn. I knew that I would face emotional and ethical conflicts from its contents, this is not a book to be read lightly.
Simply put, "Goliath" is powerful, much like the mythical character that is its namesake. It is a brutal reminder of the uncivilized origins of Judaism and not only through the state of Israel, but in its influence around the world as Judaism's barbaric offspring continue daily to assault reason.
You find that Israel learned too well the cruelties of ethnic and religious persecution from the Spanish Inquisition, Russian pogroms, Nazi Germany, Apartheid South Africa, and pre-Civil Rights United States and used these places as blueprints for their new ethno-state starting in The tactics employed daily throughout the occupied territories are eerily reminiscent of these historic mistakes and its tactics and propaganda are now being reimported to the United States in particular.
I now find myself reluctant to call Israel a nation as that lends an air of respectability to what has be perpetrated. 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.
The culture of Israel shamelessly continues to use the atrocities of The Holocaust as a propaganda smokescreen to obscure the behavior that so well mirrors the villains of that same history. I never thought 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.
As I continued to read of the daily desecration of that memory in the name of ethnic nationalism I must say that I am disgusted. He came to know its internal politics and struggles intimately as this was made easier for him due to his Jewish ethnic background. From besieged Gazan villages to the halls of the increasingly fascist Knesset, Blumenthal probes the striated layers of Isreali-Palestinian social constructs to the best of his ability.
I won't go into too much detail, but I must say that this book will turn your stomach one way or another. It may also turn your views on the subject as well, whether you actually care for human rights, international integrity and democratic ideals or whether you have fallen for the Israeli propaganda that the revisionists have sold to the world and US in particular.
You will not forget this document, ever. If Israel is truly the shining beacon of democracy in the middle-east, then religious ethno-nationalism should be its mortal enemy. However, in this troubled land, that enemy has been embraced with open arms and panicked heart, a slap in the face to all Holocaust victims and survivors, Jewish or otherwise, alike.
According to the site's administrator, Limor Abis, the most frequently cited explanation for why they left was, 'The question is not why we left, but why it took so long to do so'. All it may take for this fascist kettle to boil over is one more rash action.
Whether the action of a government with no standing Constitution after 70 years, its ghetto-living minority, or of their neighbors, the cousins of the ghetto-living minority. If you wish to be prepared to understand this nearly inevitable day, this book is an excellent place to begin your education. I must confess, there is every reason under the blooming sun for me to read, and to thoroughly enjoy my reading of, this book, but so far, after more than one year of owning it, I have only dipped my toes in it.
The very last thing I want is some excuse to hate Israel more than I already do, for the barbaric treatment that it has doled out since to the Palestinians. I have been to Israel a number of times. I am an American Jew; someone who not only takes great pride in being Jewish, but one who considers himself Jewish before being American.
I have read widely in the literature about the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict-by now the slow annihilation of the Palestinian people by a rabidly chauvinistic Israeli government, and its mobilized ranks of racist, Zionist fanatics, as well as an infrastructure dedicated to wiping the historic memory of the Palestinians, and Israeli respect for their human and civil rights, off the page.
For many years I taught college-level courses on the Conflict and on Middle Eastern history. Blumenthal offers my views to be confirmed, in spades. Again, if you want a rather hostile look at Israeli government and society, in its treatment of the Palestinians, this book is recommended. If you are a confirmed Zionist, or support the existence of the State of Israel in its present form, I do not at all recommend this book.
Max Blumenthal is not only a great speaker. He is also a great writer. He weaves together facts and anecdotes to paint a picture of contemporary Israel that our media never presents. Max goes beyond the media filters of Manufactured Consent, to tell us what contemporary Israeli society is really like.
Max's book was shunned by the MSM, which tells you that is provided unfiltered truth. As usual, Max was met with the de rigeur smear that his criticism of Israeli policy means that the is "anti-semetic. A very good read. One person found this helpful. This book covers a lot that is generally known but adds its own insights and details. The life of the differing groups within Isreal is described in a personal way. Comments about the differing status of various jewish groups within Isreal is very revealing.
See all reviews from the United States. Top international reviews. This book is a masterpiece. It is informed by a very deep and humane intelligence. Blumenthal reveals with detail upon accreting detail just how horrific life is in Israel and the occupied territories , and not just for the Palestinians who are daily humiliated, abused, intimidated, attacked, shot at, murdered or imprisoned, but also for the occupiers themselves.
After all to run a massive jail, you have to become the jailer.
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How depressing - how ironic that a people that suffered so grievously at the hands of the Nazi's should visit such xenophobia and apartheid on others. And oh how we in the West have these facts obscured and hidden from us. Eye opening. Cataloguing the current political situation in Israel, Blumenthal's Goliath is an important and damning work.
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