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This week we present an extensive interview by Uprising Radio's founder Sonali Kohotkar with Max Blumenthal, author of the recent book "Goliath: Life and Loathing in Greater Israel."
Blumenthal, Jewish himself, is getting attention with his frank analyses of Israel's moral collapse. He paints a startling portrait of Israeli society under the siege of increasingly authoritarian politics as the occupation of the Palestinians deepens day by day.
The name Goliath is a Biblical reference to “a giant Philistine warrior who was slain by David with a stone and sling.” In today’s colloquial usage we commonly use the battle between David and Goliath as an analogy for a conflict in which one side of a war is so disproportionately and overwhelmingly stronger than the other that it is an unfair fight.
The intrepid young reporter Max Blumenthal has used the term Goliath to name his latest book based on many months he spent in Israel soon after the Israeli operation on Gaza named Operation Cast Lead was over. The subject of Israel is often a touchy one and Blumenthal has indeed touched many nerves with this book.
Blumenthal mentions some of the loud criticism he is getting from Israel cheerleader Eric Alterman of The Nation magazine. One of the serious problems facing advocates for justice for Palestinians (as well as for victims of US-supported military attacks, occupations, and plunder worldwide) is the "soft liberal" community that Alterman represents.
Thank you to Kohatkar's Uprising Radio.
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