Goliath, according to Adam Hochschild, is "brash, gritty, personal and close to the ground...a report from an Israel and a Palestine we seldom see in the mainstream media." 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. The book is already receiving significant attention and has been positively reviewed by Kirkus Reviews: "A rich, roiling examination of 'the State of Israel during a period of deepening political and societal crisis' ... Blumenthal is an enterprising reporter."
In an article for Al-Monitor, Akiva Eldar — a former chief political columnist and editorial writer for the Israeli newspaper Haaretz, where he worked for 35 years — writes,
Unlike most Jews — American or Israeli — Blumenthal chose to leave his comfort zone, go into disputed territory and examine the burning questions for himself. In fact, Blumenthal's greatest strength and interest is in events on the ground and the people who live there, far from the 'peace process' and diplomatic salons.
Friends of Sabeel--North America (FOSNA) is pleased to present a regional conference with the theme "Seeds of Justice and Hope for Palestinians/Israelis: What is Required of US?" All who wish to learn more about the situation in Palestine/Israel are cordially invited to attend.
Featured Speakers include:
• Rev. Brian McLaren ~ leading Christian pastor in the emerging church movement and
author of Why Did Jesus, Moses, the Buddha and Mohammed Cross the Road? and more.
• Rev. Dr. Naim Ateek ~ founder and director of Sabeel-Jerusalem and author of
A Palestinian Christian Cry for Reconciliation.
• Max Blumenthal ~ New York Times best-selling author. His new bold and
controversial book is Goliath:Life and Loathing in Greater Israel.
• Hatem Bazian ~ is a senior lecturer in the Departments of Near Eastern and Ethnic
Studies at the University of California, Berkeley, co-founder and Chair of American
Muslims for Palestine and author of Jerusalem in Islamic Consciousness.
• Miko Peled ~ author of The General's Son.
• Pamela Olson ~ author of Fast Times in Palestine.
• Phyllis Bennis ~ author of Understanding the Palestinian-Israeli Conflict: A Primer.
• Mark Braverman ~ author of A Wall in Jerusalem.
• Rabbi Lynn Gottlieb ~ author of Trail Guide to the Torah of Nonviolence.
• Josh Ruebner ~ author of Shattered Hopes: The Failure of Obama's Middle East
• Rev. Don Wagner ~ co-founder of FOSNA and of Evangelicals for Middle East
Understanding and author of Dying in the Land of Promise.
• Mads Gilbert MD ~ specialist in anesthesiology and emergency medicine at
Al-Shifa Hospital in Gaza. Author with Erik Fosse of Eyes in Gaza.
• Mazin Qumsiyeh ~ media activist, public educator, and author of Sharing the Land
of Canaan: Human Rights and the Israeli/Palestinian Struggle.
• Shakeel Syed ~ Executive Director - Islamic Shura Council of Southern California.
Additional confirmed speakers include: Ned Rosch ~ Zaha Hassan ~Chris McGreal ~ Steve Niva ~ Cindy and Craig Corrie ~ Janet Lahr Lewis ~ Claire Anastas ~ Donna Boyd ~ and more
Written in a clear and accessible style by the advocacy director of a national peace organization and former Middle East analyst for the Congressional Research Service, Shattered Hopes offers an informed history of the Obama administration’s policies and maps out a true path forward for the United States to help achieve Israeli-Palestinian peace.
Anyone who really fears for the future of the country needs to be in favor at this point of boycotting it economically.
A contradiction in terms? We have considered the alternatives. A boycott is the least of all evils, and it could produce historic benefits. It is the least violent of the options and the one least likely to result in bloodshed. It would be painful like the others, but the others would be worse.
On the assumption that the current status quo cannot continue forever, it is the most reasonable option to convince Israel to change. Its effectiveness has already been proven. More and more Israelis have become concerned recently about the threat of the boycott. When Justice Minister Tzipi Livni warns about it spreading and calls as a result for the diplomatic deadlock to be broken, she provides proof of the need for a boycott. She and others are therefore joining the boycott, divestment and sanction movement. Welcome to the club.The change won’t come from within. That has been clear for a long time. As long as Israelis don’t pay a price for the occupation, or at least don’t make the connection between cause and effect, they have no incentive to bring it to an end. And why should the average resident of Tel Aviv be bothered by what is happening in the West Bank city of Jenin or Rafah in the Gaza Strip? Those places are far away and not particularly interesting. As long as the arrogance and self-victimization continue among the Chosen People, the most chosen in the world, always the only victim, the world’s explicit stance won’t change a thing. Read more: Israeli columnist calls for Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions
Israeli forces have displayed a callous disregard for human life by killing dozens of Palestinian civilians, including children, in the occupied West Bank over the past three years with near total impunity, said Amnesty International in a report published today.
The report, Trigger-happy: Israel’s use of excessive force in the West Bank, describes mounting bloodshed and human rights abuses in the Occupied Palestinian Territories (OPT) as a result of the Israeli forces’ use of unnecessary, arbitrary and brutal force against Palestinians since January 2011.
In all cases examined by Amnesty International, Palestinians killed by Israeli soldiers did not appear to be posing a direct and immediate threat to life. In some, there is evidence that they were victims of wilful killings, which would amount to war crimes.
“The report presents a body of evidence that shows a harrowing pattern of unlawful killings and unwarranted injuries of Palestinian civilians by Israeli forces in the West Bank,” said Philip Luther, Middle East and North Africa Director at Amnesty International.
“The frequency and persistence of arbitrary and abusive force against peaceful protesters in the West Bank by Israeli soldiers and police officers – and the impunity enjoyed by perpetrators – suggests that it is carried out as a matter of policy.”
Read more: Amnesty: ‘Trigger-happy’ Israeli army and police use reckless force in the West Bank
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