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Goliath Paperback – August 26, 2014
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Stephen Walt, Professor of International Affairs at Harvard University's John F. Kennedy School of Government
"Erudite, hard-hitting, [Goliath has] the potential to influence American public opinion on Israel..."
Rayyan Al-Shawaf, Mondoweiss
"[Blumenthal is] genuinely interested in the truth, and knows that the truth in politics often lurks in those dark caves of viciousness... [Goliath is] the kind of book that you just open to any chapter and quickly get a sense of both the particular and the whole. 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."
Corey Robin, associate professor of political science at Brooklyn College and the CUNY Graduate Center
"A rich, roiling examination of 'the State of Israel during a period of deepening political and societal crisis' ... Blumenthal is an enterprising reporter."
David Shulman, New York Review of Books
"[A] bold, personal and unapologetic book."
"Goliath is a particular kind of exposé-minded, documentary-broadside journalism whose place we generally recognize and respect... Blumenthal has made a sobering prima facie case that there are extreme forces [within Israel's current political-social dynamics] to be aware of, and reckoned with more fully that American discourse usually does."
James Fallows, The Atlantic
Goliath shows in forensic detail the reality of the Israeli mainstream's embrace blatant racism against Arabs and Africans.”
Antony Loewenstein, TheGuardian.com
"[A] heart stopper... Goliath is a threat to the Israeli status quo...because it tells too many inconvenient truths."
Larry Gross, Director of the USC Annenberg School for Communication
"Max Blumenthal's Goliath: Life and Loathing in Greater Israel is the most important political and investigative journalist book of 2013."
TarheelDem, Firedoglake Reader Diaries
"[A] bold and shocking book, presenting persuasively a major theoretical and polemical argument about Israel almost completely at odds with the image most Americans have of it... Even those generally well-informed about Israel and its occupation of the Palestinian territories will have their views challenged by Blumenthal's sharp eye and deadpan factual presentations."
The American Conservative
"[A] scathing critique of the Jewish State... Supporters of Israel should be encouraged to read this book...As Israel's greatest supporters, American Jews who care at all about the future of the country need to understand what's happening within the borders."
The New York Observer
"I would like to send a copy [of Goliath] to every Jew I know...This is the sort of book that even if you want to diss it, you can't dismiss it."
Charles H. 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."
Ali Abunimah, Electronic Intifada
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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 1947.
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.
"Goliath" covers some of the background of the Israeli colonial territories in the Arabic Peninsula as far back as 1947, but mainly focuses on the era of 1990-2012, with an emphasis on the 5 year period Blumenthal spent witnessing history in Israel firsthand. 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.
"Tapuz, a website for Israelis living abroad, hosted a 2005 forum on the topic of leaving Israel. 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'." (Chapter 73, "Exodus")
This discussion is not over, unfortunately in many ways it is still just warming up and beginning to burn through the fog of state and religiously-sanctioned propaganda shrouding this small territory. 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.
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He makes a strong case that Israel has drifted very far from its western Ashkenazy roots and with a massive influx of Eastern jews from the old Soviet Union, it has become an extreme right-wing race to the bottom with a rabble of political demagogue trying to outdo each other in the extremeness of their pronouncements, actions and laws, in appealing to the baser instincts of their constituents.
He writes so so well, this is a terrifically well-crafted expose of life in the most dysfunctional 'democracy' on the planet. Each chapter reads like a very good quality magazine article and as a whole it all flows very well.
A brilliant expose by the author Max Blumenthal.
He pulls no punches and will have enraged the Israeli Government and its supporters.
And I am not anti semitic, but very, very sad, and very disillusioned that my Jewish heroes (I was born in 1937) have let me down.
I have always wondered how such a sophisticated and cultured society as Germany could slide into fascism and was enlightened by Hannah Arendt's coverage of the Eichman trial and her observation about 'the banality of evil'. Max Blumenthal has written chapter and verse about our collective 'dark side'. We are all capable of such evil and he and Adendt exhort us to think more expansively about the bureaucracy and practices of our various nation states. My own country, Australia, has recently elected a bunch of 'tea party' conservatives to govern our nation who are now taking a wrecking ball to our formerly egalitarian society.
I read the ebook version of 'Goliath' and still held doubts as to whether there were some other explanations for the behaviours described in it until I finished the text and toggled through the extensive notes attached at the book's conclusion. The evidence is overwhelming.
The book leaves unanswered what those of us who support peace can actually do or is BDS the only answer?
For someone like me who is not so familiar with the situation in Israel/Palestine, this book is a must read. It offers a description of a situation that does not get as much media coverage as it probably should, especially given the dependence of Israel on foreign money. Blumenthal immersed himself inside the Israeli society, and thus allows us to see things from the perspective of the locals. This makes the book unique and pretty much unmissable. I also appreciated Blumenthal's historical approach in describing the roots of a conflict that unfortunately does not seem to have much chance to be resolved any time soon.
Overall, this book is the work of a great journalist, that deserves to be read. I would definitely recommend buying it.
The book is surprisingly short however with much room given to notes and bibliography. Written in a series of essays and covering the major intifadas, it is post Oslo agreement and exposes the naked hypocrisy of several Israeli governments. He also sheds light on the right wing extremist groups in the Occupied Territories and in Israel proper. He writes about the mainstream figures in Israeli politics as well, exposing their shallowness and short sightedness, along with their inherent racism. He has travelled to Israel many times and has witnessed the ongoing human tragedy first hand. As an American Jew he is also a dual citizen and he outlines his rights as a citizen compared to an Israeli Arab citizen or a Palestinian in the Occupied Territories.
Blumenthal pulls no punches and reminds me of a quote by Israeli journalist Amira Hass, who also criticises the Israeli government's Occupation and Settlements policies. She says that the sacred task of journalists is to 'hold the centres of power to account.' It has cost her dearly in Israel and like Blumenthal she is largely marginalised by the mainstream press. Like Hass, he takes the view that the Occupation is essentially immoral and ultimately destructive to Israeli national character and moral fibre. It brutalises the oppressor and the oppressed and until the settlements are withdrawn and Palestine becomes a state of its own, or in the case of a one state solution with equal rights for all and one nation for two peoples, Israel will become like the albatross, flying in ever decreasing circles until it swallows itself up.
After reading the book I was depressed and angered by the things he's seen but it's necessary to read it if you want to unshackle yourself from the mythology of Israeli superiority and the mainstream view and walk a mile in another's shoes. As has been said before, the truth will set you free but first it will enrage you.
On closing, the book was published before the 51 day war on Gaza so there's nothing of that massacre in this book but he has written another book exclusively on that massacre. An extremely well written if depressing book.