Goliath: Life and Loathing in Greater Israel

Goliath: Life and Loathing in Greater Israel

by Max Blumenthal
Goliath: Life and Loathing in Greater Israel

Goliath: Life and Loathing in Greater Israel

by Max Blumenthal

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2014 Lannan Foundation Cultural Freedom Notable Book Award

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781568589510
Publisher: PublicAffairs
Publication date: 08/26/2014
Edition description: First Trade Paper Edition
Pages: 520
Sales rank: 202,593
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 1.40(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Max Blumenthal is the author of Republican Gomorrah, a New York Times and Los Angeles Times bestseller, and Goliath, winner of the Lannan Foundation Cultural Freedom Notable Book Award. His writing 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. He blogs at maxblumenthal.com.

Table of Contents

Preface: Covering "Goliath" xi

Part I The Campaigns

Chapter 1 To the Slaughter 3

Chapter 2 The Peace Camp 6

Chapter 3 Blood for Votes 9

Chapter 4 The Hill of Shame 11

Chapter 5 Hooligans 15

Chapter 6 Pawns in the Game 17

Chapter 7 This Man is Clean 20

Chapter 8 The Salesman 28

Part II Laws of the Land

Chapter 9 Number 1 37

Chapter 10 Settling in the Hearts 43

Chapter 11 Banning Books 53

Chapter 12 The Fortress of Democracy 56

Chapter 13 Cut Off from the Tribe 64

Chapter 14 The Robbed Cossack 69

Chapter 15 Judaization 78

Chapter 16 Homogeneity 85

Chapter 17 At the Heavy Gates of Gaza 89

Chapter 18 Beethoven for Gaza 92

Chapter 19 The Zionist 95

Part III Pirates of the Mediterranean

Chapter 20 Dark Forces 101

Chapter 21 The People, United 116

Chapter 22 The Enemies 122

Chapter 23 By Right and Not Grace 125

Chapter 24 The Silence of the Lambs 128

Chapter 25 Defensive Democracy 132

Chapter 26 Caliber 3: "The Values of Zionism" 140

Part IV Outcasts

Chapter 27 A Lesson in Israeli Democracy 145

Chapter 28 Just Being a Guy 153

Chapter 29 Leaving Haifa 158

Part V What Lies Beneath the Forest

Chapter 30 The Days of '48 Have Come Again 165

Chapter 31 The Blueprint 170

Chapter 32 The Summer Camp of Destruction 176

Chapter 33 Preparing the Land for Jesus 179

Chapter 34 There Are No Facts 183

Part VI The Year of Democracy

Chapter 35 These Things That Were Done To Us 193

Chapter 36 The Forbidden Tour 199

Chapter 37 Bleeding Over the Party 201

Chapter 38 A Date with the Devil 206

Chapter 39 Delegitimization 208

Chapter 40 The Explainers 213

Chapter 44 The Real Government 219

Chapter 45 It Is No Dream 224

Part VII Feeling the Hate

Chapter 43 Riding the Ass 229

Chapter 44 The Revolutionaries 234

Chapter 45 Zion Square 237

Chapter 46 The Israeli Experience 244

Chapter 47 Ultras 247

Chapter 48 The Best Time of Their Lives 250

Chapter 49 The Base 255

Part VIII Indoctrination Mills

Chapter 50 The Prophets 263

Chapter 51 Change from Within 269

Chapter 52 The Insiders 272

Chapter 53 The Hunted 278

Chapter 54 Canceling the Other Narrative 285

Chapter 55 The Beauty Brigade 292

Chapter 56 Lifelong Draftees 295

Part IX This Belongs to the White Man

Chapter 57 How to Kill Goyim and Influence People 303

Chapter 58 The Daughters of Israel 313

Chapter 59 Children Whose Hearts Were Unmoved 321

Chapter 60 When Kahane Won 325

Chapter 61 This Belongs to the White Man 330

Chapter 62 The Concentration Camp 336

Chapter 63 The Night of Broken Glass 342

Part X The Big Quiet

Chapter 64 The Big Quiet 351

Chapter 65 The Joint Struggle 359

Chapter 66 My Mother Before Justice 365

Chapter 67 The Crazy Village 372

Chapter 68 Night 378

Chapter 69 The Children's Court 384

Chapter 70 The Lovers' Camp 391

Chapter 71 A Wet Dream 397

Chapter 72 The Shadows and Mirrors Game 403

Chapter 73 The Exodus Party 407

Acknowledgments 411

Notes 413

Index 475

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