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Who is Goliath?

Philip Weiss on

I went to Thanksgiving yesterday in my wife’s childhood community of Chestnut Hill, Philadelphia, (affluent, gentile) and was struck by the criticisms of Israel over the Gaza assault. “Those poor people can’t escape anywhere,” said a middle-aged woman, speaking of Gazans. While a relative said the imbalance of forces between Israel and Hamas reminded her […]


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(Illustration: Katie Miranda)

From Judith Mahoney Pasternak, “How do you feel now/You who were David for three thousand years/The lone shepherd boy/Armed only with stones, against a monster/Who would destroy your people/And only you to save them?”

Preaching to the choir: reflections on Max Blumenthal’s ‘Goliath’

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This review of Max Blumenthal’s book Goliath appeared in longer form at Jerome Slater’s site. He gave us permission to excerpt. –Ed. In my own work on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, I start from two premises. The first is that in light of Israeli intransigence, there is no chance of attaining a two-state settlement of the […]

Israel is a ‘corpse’ — Hedges on Blumenthal’s ‘Goliath’

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Yesterday Max Blumenthal’s new book on Israel, Goliath: Life and Loathing in Greater Israel, got the emphatic endorsement of two influential journalists, Chris Hedges and Andrew Sullivan. First, here’s Hedges at Truthdig, hammer and tongs in an inspiring Old Testament manner: Zionism is a racist ideology, Israel is poisoned by the psychosis of war, and […]

‘Goliath’ is indispensable to understanding the real Israel in 2013

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If you are an American mainstream reporter in Israel, you have a real challenge, just about every day. You have to wilfully ignore much of the news that is happening right around you. Let’s take the events of May 23, 2012 in south Tel Aviv as an instructive example. That night, at least 1000 Israelis […]

Goliath meet David

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The Israeli Ministry of Foreign Affairs is posting photos of "weapons" found on the Mavi Marmara to their Flickr account. Here’s one: Marbles and slingshots. (Photo: IsraelMFA)

Blumenthal talks ‘Goliath: Life and Loathing in Greater Israel’ on Democracy Now!

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Max Blumenthal’s new book Goliath: Life and Loathing in Greater Israel came out earlier this week, and he was on Democracy Now! this morning to discuss the four years of reporting from Israel/Palestine that went into the book. Blumenthal explains how the occupation is moving back over the green line and how racism is a unifying force […]

Eric Alterman on Palestine and Israel, part 2: Alterman vs. ‘Goliath’ (Updated)

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This is a two-part study on Eric Alterman’s questionable statements on Palestine and Israel. Part one reviewed some of Eric Alterman’s statements that undermined his self-proclaimed status as a conscientious critic of the Israeli occupation. In this second part, I address the careless and false accusations that Alterman makes against Max Blumenthal’s book Goliath, and […]

Max Blumenthal responds to latest critique of his book, in the ‘Forward’

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This post was first published at Max Blumenthal’s site yesterday. We republish it here in full because the effort to dismiss Goliath, Blumenthal’s devastating book about Israel, has become a full-court-press even in liberal circles. –Ed. Picking up where Eric Alterman left off, and defending his thousands of words of error-laden invective, JJ Goldberg of […]

We are inside the walls

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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 […]

Malcolm Gladwell is afraid to address Israel in his new book

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Malcolm Gladwell seems to believe that Israel has become a Goliath but he doesn’t think American readers are “self-critical” enough to absorb this truth. Gaby Wood of the Telegraph interviews him about his new book, David and Goliath: Underdogs, Misfits, and the art of battling giants. [T]he truth is, he doesn’t go all that far. […]

For Eric Alterman defending Israel trumps longtime friend and employer

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After writing a very negative review (online behind a paywall) of Max Blumenthal’s new book, Goliath:  Life and Loathing in Greater Israel, for the upcoming edition of The Nation magazine, Eric Alterman wrote some additional thoughts on Blumenthal’s book in a separate post at the website of the magazine.  Those thoughts are a lot more […]

‘WSJ’ books editor says he’s thrown out Blumenthal book on Israel

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In the American denial category. Sohrab Ahmari is the assistant books editor at the Wall Street Journal. Yesterday he tweeted links to a harsh review of Max Blumenthal’s book Goliath, by Eric Alterman in The Nation. @Eric_Alterman rips to shreds @maxblumenthal‘s “Goliath,” of which two review copies currently sit in my trashcan. — Sohrab […]

Eric Alterman’s ‘I Hate Max Blumenthal’ Handbook

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Editor’s Note: The following is Max Blumenthal’s reply to Eric Alterman’s ninth piece attacking him and his book Goliath: Life and Loathing in Greater Israel. The Nation rejected Blumenthal’s request for the right to reply. I appreciate the many thoughtful responses of Nation readers from across a wide spectrum of views about my book, Goliath: Life and Loathing […]

Max Blumenthal’s guilt by association – with Jewish ethics

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This is part of Marc H. Ellis’s “Exile and the Prophetic” feature for Mondoweiss. To read the entire series visit the archive page. As Passover is about to end, right now I’m not thinking about next year in Jerusalem. Even if John Kerry accomplishes a last minute resurrection of the peace process in the coming […]

Israel lights the spark at Al-Aqsa again

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The situation at al-Aqsa has come to symbolize in painful microcosm the Palestinian story of dispossession. Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu is betting that greater force will win, but Jonathan Cook says Palestinian youths will continue reaching for the humble stone, exerting what little power they have against a modern Goliath.

Exchanging hand wringing for truth telling: A review of Max Blumenthal’s ‘Goliath: Life and Loathing in Greater Israel’

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Israel should withdraw from the West Bank (and possibly East Jerusalem, depending on one’s perspective) because continuing its occupation of these Palestinian-populated lands would undermine the country’s “Jewish and democratic” character. This is a common refrain among liberal Israelis (and Americans). Yet aside from the unsettling fact that it treats the occupation as a hindrance to […]

Bloomberg shoe’d

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Report on NY tv: Many pro-Israeli demonstrations have been held over the last few days, but on Wednesday night there was something different — a pro-Palestinian demonstration. Both sides see this as a simple struggle when it is anything but….

‘I wanted to show Americans what they’re paying for’–Max Blumenthal on why he wrote ‘Goliath’

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Drop the New York Times’ international section and pick up Max Blumenthal’s new book. If you want to peel back the layers of deception pro-Israel groups and the media have created, Goliath: Life and Loathing in Greater Israel is the perfect place to start. It’s the bluntest book you’ll read about the state of Israeli society, as it looks deep […]

Right wing finds new way to dismiss Blumenthal: liken him to Dostoyevsky

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Two more attacks on Max Blumenthal’s book about Israel, and two more raves. There’s a hit job on the book and on the author’s father, Sidney Blumenthal, up at Buzzfeed, by Rosie Gray. And at Tablet, Liel Liebovitz says Goliath is a “brilliant novel”: that a zealous Blumenthal has dreamed up an evil Israel the […]