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Max Blumenthal on book tour
Max Blumenthal on book tour

Two months ago Peter Beinart wrote a piece in the New York Review of Books saying that the American Jewish community was a “cocoon” that was blocking out other voices on the conflict. He is wrong. The American Jewish community is changing before our eyes, at the grassroots.

The news from Swarthmore is huge. The news from Pew is huge. Yousef Munayyer writing for The New Yorker is huge.

The last time I was in Israel and Palestine I asked Max Blumenthal why he didn’t soften his message a little in Goliath, so that those wed to Zionism would listen. I was wrong. Goliath is being read. Goliath’s unapologetic portrait of a society and ideology gone off the rails is breaking through. Its suppression by the mainstream is only giving it more force

On Wednesday night, the Silverlake Independent Jewish Community Center hosted Blumenthal to a packed house. They sold out of books and had an overwhelmingly positive response. The event was cosponsored by Jewish Voice for Peace (which opposed the Prawer Plan hammer and tongs while J Street said that it “falls outside the scope of our work”) (and you might think of JVP when you’re doing your tax-deductible gifts this December).

We are inside the walls. We are never leaving.

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Thanks for sharing this progress, Phil. It helps to get through the day knowing your Blog and Max’s equally tireless efforts have resulted in some dilution of AIPAC power in America’s, Israel’s (long term), and the World interest. I say this, speaking as a common American.

” asked Max Blumenthal why he didn’t soften his message a little in Goliath, so that those wed to Zionism would listen. I was wrong. ” Depends on the audience Max is trying to reach. That’s what makes criticism of his tone pointless, something it took me a little bit… Read more »

Blumenthal out “Overton-ed” the “Overton-ers” (as in Overton Window). His ridicule of a movement and society run amok was needed to recenter the debate. But will he ever be invited to the Aspen Institute? Agree. Very important developments. I hope his technique ripples out into other issues. Kind of a… Read more »

Max’s book just entered a second printing. As I wrote earlier, it is the book to read on Israel. No other book is as meticulous, because, as Max pointed out, no non-Jew could have gotten the access he got. And that’s before we get to all the other things that… Read more »

this is excellent news. and i love JVP. i love what they do.

and estee chandler, JVP-LA Organizer is incredible, just a wonderful person. so a big yahoo! to silverlake JCC, max and estee for pulling this together.