By Max Blumenthal

2014 Lannan origin Cultural Freedom amazing e-book Award

In Goliath, New York Times bestselling writer Max Blumenthal takes us on a trip in the course of the badlands and excessive roads of Israel-Palestine, portray a startling portrait of Israeli society less than the siege of more and more authoritarian politics because the career of the Palestinians deepens.

Beginning with the nationwide elections conducted in the course of Israel's battle on Gaza in 2008-09, which introduced into energy the country's such a lot right-wing govt thus far, Blumenthal tells the tale of Israel within the wake of the cave in of the Oslo peace process.

As Blumenthal unearths, Israel has develop into a rustic the place right-wing leaders like Avigdor Lieberman and Bibi Netanyahu are sacrificing democracy at the altar in their energy politics; the place the dependable competition mostly and passively stands apart and watches the geared up attack on civil liberties; the place state-funded Orthodox rabbis put up books that supply directions on how and whilst to kill Gentiles; the place half Jewish adolescence claim their refusal to take a seat in a lecture room with an Arab; and the place mob violence pursuits Palestinians and African asylum seekers scapegoated by way of major executive officers as "demographic threats."

Immersing himself like few different reporters contained in the global of hardline political leaders and hobbies, Blumenthal interviews the demagogues and divas of their houses, within the Knesset, and within the watering holes the place their younger acolytes hang around, and speaks with these political leaders at the back of the geared up attack on civil liberties. As his trip deepens, he painstakingly experiences at the occupied Palestinians demanding schemes of demographic separation via unarmed protest. He talks at size to the leaders and early life of Palestinian society inside of Israel now detailed by means of defense provider dragnets and laws suppressing their speech, and offers in-depth reporting at the small band of Jewish Israeli dissidents who've shaken off a conformist mind-set that permeates the media, faculties, and the military.

Through his far-ranging travels, Blumenthal illuminates the current through uncovering the ghosts of the past—the histories of Palestinian neighborhoods and villages now long past and forgotten; how that historical past has set the level for the present challenge of Israeli society; and the way the Holocaust has been changed into justification for occupation.

A courageous and unflinching account of the true evidence at the flooring, Goliath is an extraordinary and compelling paintings of journalism.

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