Goliath: Life and Loathing in Greater Israel

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PublicAffairs, Oct 1, 2013 - History - 512 pages
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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.

Beginning with the national elections carried out during Israel's war on Gaza in 2008-09, 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."

Immersing himself like few other journalists inside the world of hardline political leaders and movements, Blumenthal interviews the demagogues and divas in their homes, in the Knesset, and in the watering holes where their young acolytes hang out, and speaks with those political leaders behind the organized assault on civil liberties. 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.

Through his far-ranging travels, Blumenthal illuminates the present by uncovering the ghosts of the past—the histories of Palestinian neighborhoods and villages now gone and forgotten; how that history has set the stage for the current crisis of Israeli society; and how the Holocaust has been turned into justification for occupation.

A brave and unflinching account of the real facts on the ground, Goliath is an unprecedented and compelling work of journalism.
 

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Goliath: Life and Loathing in Greater Israel

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Journalist Blumenthal (formerly, senior writer, Daily Beast; Republican Gomorrah: Inside the Movement That Shattered the Party) presents the Israel-Palestine conflict as the result of a colonialist ... Read full review

GOLIATH: Life and Loathing in Greater Israel

User Review  - Jane Doe - Kirkus

A rich, roiling examination of "the State of Israel during a period of deepening political and societal crisis."From the gory details of Operation Cast Lead, when Israel pummeled the Gaza Strip with ... Read full review

Contents

Covering Goliath
PART I
BY RIGHT AND NOT GRACE CHAPTER 24 THE SILENCE OF THE LAMBS
Acknowledgments
TO THE SLAUGHTER CHAPTER 2 THE PEACE CAMP CHAPTER 3 BLOOD FOR VOTES CHAPTER 4 THE HILL OF SHAME
HOOLIGANS CHAPTER 6 PAWNS IN THE GAME CHAPTER 7 THIS MAN IS CLEAN
THE SALESMAN
PART II
THERE ARE NO FACTS PART VI
THE FORBIDDEN TOUR CHAPTER 37 BLEEDING OVER THE PARTY CHAPTER 38 A DATE WITH THE DEVIL
DELEGITIMIZATION CHAPTER 40 THE EXPLAINERS
THE REAL GOVERNMENT CHAPTER 42 IT IS NO DREAM
PART VII
THE BEST TIME OF THEIR LIVES CHAPTER 49 THE BASE PART VIII
THE INSIDERS CHAPTER 53 THE HUNTED CHAPTER 54 CANCELING THE OTHER NARRATIVE
THE BEAUTY BRIGADE CHAPTER 56 LIFELONG DRAFTEES PART IX

BANNING BOOKS CHAPTER 12 THE FORTRESS OF DEMOCRACY
CUT OFF FROM THE TRIBE CHAPTER 14 THE ROBBED COSSACK
JUDAIZATION CHAPTER 16 HOMOGENEITY CHAPTER 17 AT THE HEAVY GATES OF GAZA CHAPTER 18 BEETHOVEN FOR GAZA CH...
DARK FORCES
THE PEOPLE UNITED CHAPTER 22 THE ENEMIES
DEFENSIVE DEMOCRACY CHAPTER 26 CALIBER 3 THE VALUES OF ZIONISM PART IV
JUST BEING A GUY CHAPTER 29 LEAVING HAIFA PART V
THE BLUE PRINT CHAPTER 32 THE SUMMER CAMP OF DESTRUCTION CHAPTER 33 PREPARING THE LAND FOR JESUS

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Max Blumenthal is an award-winning journalist and bestselling author whose articles and video documentaries have appeared in The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, The Daily Beast, The Nation, The Guardian, The Independent Film Channel, The Huffington Post, Salon.com, Al Jazeera English and many other publications. His book, Republican Gomorrah: Inside The Movement That Shattered The Party, was a New York Times and Los Angeles Times bestseller. He blogs at maxblumenthal.com

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