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‘NYT’ finally mentions ‘Goliath’ — in rightwing ad smearing Max Blumenthal

Today the New York Times printed a full-page ad telling Hillary Clinton she has to reject her adviser Sidney Blumenthal and his allegedly anti-semitic son Max, because of Max Blumenthal’s tremendous book on Israel’s militant rightwing political culture, Goliath. The ad on page A7 was paid for by Shmuley Boteach, who has gotten tons of money from Sheldon Adelson. It concludes that Clinton is

asking friends of Israel to count on her support for the always-vulnerable Jewish State. If she won’t dissociate herself from her discredited advisor Sid Blumenthal and his rabid, Israel-hating son Max how can we?

The ad distorts and caricatures Goliath as a work that paints Israelis as Nazis. It falsely attributes a famous quote by Yeshayahu Leibowitz– Judeo Nazis– to Blumenthal. It includes this patent lie:

Max even calls for the end of Jewish life in Israel.

The saddest thing about this ad is that it is the first time that Goliath has been mentioned in the paper of record. The book came out in 2013, cementing a new understanding about Israel that Shmuley Boteach feels a great need to combat, yet it has never been reviewed; Max Blumenthal has never been profiled in the newspaper’s pages; the controversy the book unleashed never reported. In short, Times readers were never introduced to this important book in a neutral way. The only time Times readers have read about Goliath is in a full-page ad that rightwing Israel supporters spent tens of thousands of dollars on, in order to smear Max Blumenthal. (Does the Times allow false and defamatory ads?)

The Times has fallen down on its job to convey important news on crucial matters. And it has done so for pro-Israel reasons; because it wishes to deny the grim realities of modern Israel to the American establishment.


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  1. Boomer on March 20, 2016, 6:23 am

    re “The only time Times readers may have read about Goliath is in a full-page ad that rightwing Israel supporters spent tens of thousands of dollars on, in order to smear Max Blumenthal.”

    How telling, regarding NYT’s attitude toward ideas, and toward money. Of course, I don’t recall reading about Max’s work in my local paper either, but, given NYT’s pretensions and readership, the bias seems even worse there.

    • Marnie on March 21, 2016, 12:05 am

      Like someone already said, hopefully this will have the exact opposite effect and demand for Max’s “Goliath” will skyrocket. As for “Kosher Sex”, eh, not so much.

  2. Marnie on March 20, 2016, 7:39 am

    Why is she being blackmailed? Not that I feel anything but disgust for her, but who didn’t she bow down low enough too? Boteach is nothing but slime. So glad this was posted here but it should be broadcast all over the world.

    • kalithea on March 20, 2016, 1:33 pm

      The Queen, benefactress and soon-to-be priestress of Zionism, is about to be crowned by the Lobby and they just want to ensure flawless Zionist purity.

      Let’s not forget how deeply plagued with insecurity their fanaticism is. Only fascists need to dot every I and cross every T; their control must be absolute, as with all supremacist ideologies everyone else is inferior and suspect; except for the superior elite ie chosen who benefit with the exception of those who rebel in good conscience. They become enemies of the supremacist state; traitors excommunicated from the protection of Zionism.

    • JWalters on March 20, 2016, 8:19 pm

      This looks to me like a pre-emptive strike. The Zionist Establishment can’t take any chances on a discussion bubbling into the public sphere about Israel’s decades-long Nakba against the people of Palestine. Even mentioning the Nakba in any way would risk igniting an explosion in the public’s awareness.

  3. Ossinev on March 20, 2016, 9:10 am

    It is reported that Democratic Presidential Candidate Hillary Clinton hosted a pre AIPAC conference dinner for special invitees during which she gave a 20 minute address to the ticket only guests regarding the race for the White House and the importance of Israel in the ongoing debate. Tickets were reported to cost from $20,000 upwards with top table tickets going for around $100,000 and all of the proceeds going to her election campaign. During her speech Mrs Clinton launched a stinging attack on her likely Republican rival for the Presidency Mr Donald Trump.
    ” Donald Trump has said time and time again that if elected he will put the interests of America and the American people before all others. This is an outrageous and abhorrent position bordering on Anti – Semitism. It is not so much a question of throwing Israel under a bus. Mr Trump is proposing to throw Israel under a train. If elected I can assure you that I will rightfully put the interests of Israel and the Israeli people before all others including America and the American people. If elected from my first day in office I will pursue those interests as a priority and plan to meet my dear friend and political ally Mr Benjamin Netanyahu within a few days of my inauguration to discuss how Israel`s interests can best be served , including the question of annual American financial support for Israel and the Israeli people which at a measly $3 billion is clearly in need of a significant boost ”

    She is reported to have received 40 standing ovations during her 20 minute speech.

    Husband Mr Bill Clinton who was unable to attend the event as he had a private assignment is reported to be fully supportive of her views.

    • Kay24 on March 20, 2016, 9:51 am

      For shame. She has now committed herself to be Israel’s faithful servant, protector, aid giver, and to turn a blind eye to the massacres, theft of land, and the on going occupation, when she becomes President. Most of which are against our own policies, and for which we have condemned many times, in this conflict.

      The zionist agents know that the chances are very high and that she may end up President.
      Therefore they give her the standing ovations, and show their support.

      pros·ti·tute (prŏs′tĭ-to͞ot′, -tyo͞ot′)
      1. A person who engages in prostitution.
      2. A person considered as having compromised principles for personal gain.

      I think the second meaning is applicable for most of our politicians, including Hillary Rodham Clinton. For shame.

    • Kris on March 20, 2016, 11:00 am

      Ossinev, could you give us a link to your source? I can’t find this story anywhere. Thanks.

      • pmb1414 on March 20, 2016, 12:39 pm

        I was thinking the same thing. It’s a bit hard to believe even from Hillary. We need a reputable source.

      • pmb1414 on March 20, 2016, 1:01 pm

        Satire: Possibly just inspired by the site, don’t see it there.

    • CigarGod on March 20, 2016, 1:59 pm

      Good one, man.
      You had me until the quote.

      • kalithea on March 20, 2016, 2:43 pm

        Hillary will never say what’s really on her mind: power at any price even if it’s America at the beck and call of Zionism.

        And to the black community she’s really saying: Look only at what I’m promising and what I tell you you’ve benefitted from, but don’t look at all that I helped to deprive you of and all that I’ll fail to do for you once I get what I’ve been after since my husband left office, because I’ll exploit your desperation if I have to; to get what I’ve been after for too long and you and the Lobby are my ticket there.

    • Bandolero on March 20, 2016, 3:12 pm


      “It is reported”

      Is there a source for this assertion? To me it looks fake, and Google seems not to know it neither.

      • kalithea on March 20, 2016, 4:12 pm

        That event may be fictitious; but we all know that’s what she’s prepared to do to get back in the White House.

      • arihalli on July 5, 2016, 8:30 am

        I dont think that Ossinev will come up with a source. Or anyone. He’s an Israeli firster

    • amigo on March 20, 2016, 6:11 pm

      ” If elected I can assure you that I will rightfully put the interests of Israel and the Israeli people before all others including America and the American people”

      Absent this statement , the rest is perfectly believable as coming from her.

    • riverbend on March 21, 2016, 8:57 am

      Hillary’s statement that “I will rightfully put the interests of Israel and the Israeli people before all others including America and the American people” is really damning and should be widely publicized if true.

      What is your source for this information please?

      • echinococcus on March 21, 2016, 10:19 am

        I suppose the source is her entire lying, thieving, spying life.
        Did you want to say it’s out of character?

      • Mooser on March 21, 2016, 12:57 pm

        “riverbend” is an interesting user name. Melliflous, and redolent of riparian scenes.

  4. Marnie on March 20, 2016, 10:08 am

    “Donald Trump has said time and time again that if elected he will put the interests of America and the American people before all others.”

    As much as I can’t stand Drumpf, isn’t that exactly what a president of the united states is supposed to do – put american interests and it’s people first? And HRC is calling him out like he’s some kind of traitor? Was this before or after Shmuel Roesner’s piece in the NYT that MW said he claimed “Hillary Clinton is not pro-Israel enough” – See more at:

    I assume Mz. Hilly didn’t watch “Israel’s Influence:Good or Bad for America?”. She missed Phil Weiss and all the good people speaking before the National Press Club, including a fiery Rula Jabreal, who said when you’re confronted by bullies, you stand up to them. That’s all. Stand up!

  5. ahadhaadam on March 20, 2016, 10:11 am

    Boteach is a buffoon that nobody outside right wing conservative Jews takes seriously. Thanks for the publicity and great quotes, which are all true. I hope this will make people read the book.

    • Another Dave on March 20, 2016, 11:07 am

      “I hope this will make people read the book.”

      That it will, it’s not like Max has endeared himself to the rEpublican establishment anyhow. What was his other book? Republican Gomorrah, wasn’t it?

      He’s not quite getting the publicity that Drumpf is getting, but hey. Take what you can get sometimes.

  6. pabelmont on March 20, 2016, 10:23 am

    Well, at least NYT didn’t print the smear as if there were “truth” or even “truthiness” to it: an “ad” is worse than an opinion piece, because the NYT is more likely (or so I believe) to print an “ad” no matter what it says than an opinion piece, where they may (goodness, do they really?) impose censorship.

    Be that as it may, an antidote to NYT may be read in David Shulman’s piece “Israel: The Broken Silence” a multi-book review) in the NY Review Of Books..

  7. Fritz on March 20, 2016, 11:11 am

    Again the Palestinian case is framed in US as an inner-Jewish affair between people like Adelson, Boteach, and the Blumenthals. Trump may at least change this.

    • kalithea on March 20, 2016, 6:07 pm

      Trump may at least change this.

      Personally, I’m sick of all this Trump euphoria and can’t wait for Trump to speak to Aipac to remove all doubt about his intentions.

      I strongly believe Farrakhan is right when he says that Trump will take us on a rocket ship to the abyss of hell and maybe that’s exactly where Americans need to go to turn things around.
      The only thing we can hope for with Trump as President is that people will out of necessity rise up and fight back like never before.

      • Mooser on March 21, 2016, 7:04 pm

        Trump has no legal, political, diplomatic or military experience.

      • eljay on March 21, 2016, 7:33 pm

        || Mooser: Trump has no legal, political, diplomatic or military experience. ||

        Dubya was dumber than a stump, but that didn’t stop him from becoming both the Decider and the Commander Guy.

        Trump has a good shot at becoming the Boss-man, the Top Dog or maybe even the Big Enchilada.

  8. a blah chick on March 20, 2016, 11:12 am

    Just a waste of money since the Zionist elites have put their money on Hills. She has vowed to continue neo con policies and there is no reason to doubt her. It really illustrates how truly stupid Boteach is.

  9. Patrick on March 20, 2016, 12:05 pm

    Sounds like slander. Max Blumenthal might have a strong case to pursue Mr. Boteach in court.

  10. Ossinev on March 20, 2016, 12:10 pm

    Source = The Daily Satire ,Kernel of Truth section.Freely available to dehasbarists everywhere simply by hearing/reading what bought and bent frontline politicians in America say.


  11. amigo on March 20, 2016, 1:41 pm

    ” Donald Trump has said time and time again that if elected he will put the interests of America and the American people before all others.”

    Isn,t that what an American President should be doing.Maybe Hillarious Hillary could describe for us a situation,s where that would not apply.

    She is obviously spending way too much time in the company of zionists and taking on their belief that Israel always comes first.Clearly this line of thinking applies to Israel and Israel only.

    The woman is a traitor and should not be allowed anywhere near the American reigns of power.She is a clear and present danger to Americans and the rest of us.

    Having said all that , I cannot believe this anything but satire.Even she is not that dumb.

    IS SHE.

    • CigarGod on March 20, 2016, 2:02 pm

      It bothers me that so many of the normally smart people here didn’t see it that way.

      • kalithea on March 20, 2016, 5:50 pm

        I don’t think it has anything to do with people being or not being smart. I think it’s a thirst for the truth to surface regarding the unholy relationship the Lobby has with politicians that makes them want to believe this story; just like someone thirsting in the desert believes the mirage. We all know this is what’s going on – we just need to catch them in the act of betrayal, in full view so it can be forcefully condemned by all Americans; so the Lobby can be routed out of our democracy once and for all.

        This betrayal is happening spoken or unspoken.

  12. Bandolero on March 20, 2016, 3:21 pm

    Maybe I don’t get it: unsuccessful Republican House candidate Shmuley Boteach pays an ad attacking Democrat candidate Hillary Clinton, threatening not to support her. It sounds to me a bit ridiculous: why should she expect Republican support anyway?

    But anyway, I would have a question for Mr Boteach: is that ad to be taken as a sign for his official ensorsement of Donald Trump will soon come forward?

  13. traintosiberia on March 20, 2016, 4:26 pm

    Quite a few Republican candidates have espoused similar stances on the primacy of Israeli interests over American interests .They have evoked the names f Jesus./Bible in support of the belief now turned into a secular political platform as well ( Bill Maher, Rchard Dawkins,and Sam Harris – are you listening ??)

    But why shall I be surprised or disbelief that Clinton can say such a thing? It is still in the realm of the realm of the possibilities. Chuck Hagel was smeared as anti semitic and declared persona non grata for upholding the American interest above that of Israel and nobody came to his rescue.

  14. alfa on March 20, 2016, 4:27 pm

    While reading the Boteach add it had me wondering if it was satire, it draws people’s attention to Goliath and Max and is self defeating. The Boteachs of the world live in a false reality so are blind to reality and are leading their dupes to defeat, which would be perfect if not for the fact it feeds anti-semitism.

  15. Steve Grover on March 20, 2016, 5:42 pm

    After attempting so many times to disparage Max Blumenthal and his dad, which resulted in the deletion of each attempt, I have come to realize that you cannot take Max Blumenthal’s name in vain on MW.

    • Mooser on March 20, 2016, 8:25 pm

      “you cannot take Max Blumenthal’s name in vain on MW.”

      “Steve Grover” always remember, this is America, the Goldenah Medina and no one, not even Annie Robbins, can tell a man what he can say at his own blog, his own website. You can slander or libel anyone you like and say any bigoted thing you like. And make with the “zingers” all day and night.
      You stand on that right, “Grover”, no one can take it from you.

    • CigarGod on March 21, 2016, 9:54 am

      Grover, once you acquire the skills needed to differentiate between an honest debate and a personal attack, I’m certain you will find your brilliance more in print.

      • Steve Grover on March 21, 2016, 12:55 pm

        My disparaging remark against Blumenthal was very tame when compared to the Jew hating crap that is often spewed in comments here on MW. My disparaging comments were that Bernie should tell Max Blumenthal and his father Sidney to go shove it just like Hillary should.

        If both HC and BS said this at AIPAC, I could vote for either one.

  16. just on March 20, 2016, 7:18 pm

    I read a piece today by Atzmon wrt Sidney and Hillary that might prove interesting to some here:

    “Hillary Clinton And The Syrian Shoah”

  17. Kay24 on March 20, 2016, 8:45 pm

    There is no rule in our constitution that says that any political candidate must be pro Israel, and that those in their campaigns must show unwavering support either. No one is running for the knesset here, and neither are they going to represent that apartheid nation. AMERICANS RUNNING FOR OFFICE MUST SUPPORT THEIR OWN NATION, AND PUT IT ABOVE ANY OTHER.

    Time this BS stopped. AIPAC must be banned from operating here, it has been nothing but interfering and manipulative body that puts the interests of a parasitic nation above us.

  18. amigo on March 20, 2016, 8:46 pm

    Big crowd outside aipac conf and not all are condemning Trump but aipac and Israel!!!

    Many plaques condemning Israel.

    Here is one poster,s comment on the RT comment section.

    “RT what are you doing!!! You have gotten this totally wrong….there were about 5000 protesters there…I was one. Trump was hardly mentioned. This was an anti AIPAC march, it was about Israels atrocities in the middle east and the leading role AIPAC plays in pushing Israels agenda in the US government..
    I expect something like this from the western media but not RT. As they would say at the protest “shame on you”

    Might not turn out as aipac expected.

    • Kay24 on March 20, 2016, 10:17 pm

      Amigo, that is such a great sight. Lots of brave Jews speaking out loudly. The signs they carry is so descriptive. I wish more protests were organized. Good luck to all who participated.

      I bet this was not carried out by the zionist media.

  19. xanadou on March 20, 2016, 8:53 pm

    It’s a shame that the NYT could not have been bothered to write a review about a book that deals with the subject of paramount importance to them. I stopped reading the paper quite some time ago when I realised their unreliable bias which casts a shadow on the paper’s reliability re other subjects.

    Thankfully, we live in a world where alternative, first rate, journalistic sources abound. I have not yet read the book, but as with other recommendations, before I buy or loan any book from the library, I check out Amazon for the readers’ comments and the list of sources that had published a review which can easily be found online.

    Today, MB’s book can be bought on Amazon for $12.91. The positive reviews (5 and 4 stars) are at 68%. Truth be told, some of those comments are unreadable for their irrelevant anti-Jewish prejudice. The negative (29%) comments (1 and 2 stars) are a reflection of the commenters’ ignorance and sad bias rife with irrelevant ad hominems, i.e., an instant disqualification.

    Also earlier today, Ian Masters, on his program Background Briefing, spoke with MB about the occasion of the forthcoming annual AIPAC circus, their dismissive treatment of Bernie Sanders, and MB’s book.
    (Audio, starts at 2:25)

  20. Tchoupitoulas on March 20, 2016, 9:07 pm

    Shmuley Boteach makes my skin crawl.

  21. Ossinev on March 21, 2016, 8:29 am

    Thanks for the link to the “Daily”. Had never heard of it before – what a treat !

  22. genesto on March 21, 2016, 11:40 am

    I stopped subscribing to the Times years ago because of its heavy pro-Zionist slant. This attack on Blumenthal, his book and his family, just reaffirms my decision.

    So much for ‘all the news that fit to print’!

  23. James Canning on March 21, 2016, 1:40 pm

    Truly remarkable, that NYT only has a mention of Goliath due to an ad placed by a fanatical Zionist.

  24. Ossinev on March 21, 2016, 3:09 pm

    Max Blumenthal directly challenging Smelly Boteach on his lies outside the AIPAC venue.

  25. xanadou on March 21, 2016, 10:58 pm

    MB speaks to leading dissenters (incl.PW) of the right wing Israel lobby days before AIPAC’s annual summit.

  26. xanadou on March 22, 2016, 12:56 am

    Israel’s influence: good or bad for America – Conference
    – with speakers from Gideon Levy to… PW.

  27. Michael Lesher on March 24, 2016, 1:00 pm

    I’m an admirer of Max Blumenthal’s work and can’t say I’m surprised at the Times’ deliberate avoidance of his book. My own latest column exposes (again) Isabel Kershner as an Israeli propagandist for her puff-piece obituary notice of the notorious Israeli terrorist Meir Dagan: The Times sometimes breaks out of this mold, but not nearly often enough…

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