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Jim Crow In Israel: Max Blumenthal’s Goliath

Posted by Phoenix Woman on October 27, 2013

From Truthout’s interview with Max Blumenthal, author of Goliath: Life and Loathing in Greater Israel:

Having covered the radical right in this country and attended white nationalist conventions, I was emotionally and psychologically prepared for a lot of the scenes I would witness and the statements people would make to me in interviews. But one of the things that was surprising to me was the extent to which groups and figures, remarkably similar ideologically and psychologically to the radical right in the US and to neo-fascist movements across Europe, controlled the heart of Israeli society and the Israeli government. I was surprised at how far right the Israeli government had gone and how strong a base this government had within Israeli society at large.

For example, I present many scenes in my book where I’m hanging out at nationalist rallies where people are calling for the expulsion of Arabs from their neighborhoods and for the expulsion of African asylum seekers just south of Tel Aviv, calling them a cancer, chanting “nigger, nigger, you’re a son of a bitch,” while members of the Knesset, Israel’s deliberative body, are on stage inciting them.

And this:

One of the darkest chapters in American history is the lynching of Emmett Till, who was accused of whistling at a white woman.

In Zion Square, the heart of central Jerusalem, where I lived for several months, there was a 19-year-old Palestinian guy named Jamal Julani. He was walking through occupied East Jerusalem, which has a large Palestinian population, and he was set upon by a mob of Jews chanting “death to Arabs.” They started beating him because a 15-year-old girl had spread rumors that he had made a pass at her, which turned out to be false. They beat him into critical condition. Zion Square is constantly crowded. There were many bystanders that stood by and did nothing. Some of the kids were caught, and they were unrepentant at their trial. They said they would do it again because they were proud of what they did. This goes to the heart of how Jewish youth are being educated in Israel and how reminiscent it is of the way Southern whites were educated and cultivated during the Jim Crow era.

There is a massive anti-miscegenation movement in Israel led by a group called Lehava. It’s founder, Benzi Gopstein, who is a member of the Kach terrorist group, was outside the courtroom where the kids who had beaten Julani were put on trial, and he praised them. Gopstein has organized anti-miscegenation coast guards who go to beaches and warn Jewish women not to date Arabs, who will kidnap them, beat them and make them prisoners to their primitive culture. They have a sister organization called Hemla, which runs a home for Jewish women who have supposedly fled relationships with Arab men. Hemla has received hundreds of millions of shekels in state support. Gopstein sits on the board of Hemla, so the anti-miscegenation campaign basically receives state support.

Go read the whole thing. It’s brutal.


4 Responses to “Jim Crow In Israel: Max Blumenthal’s Goliath

  1. Stormcrow said

    Thanks, PW. This one is on my “to read” stack.

  2. Charles II said

    Another good book that makes a similar point is Richard Ben Cramer’s Why Israel Lost.

  3. Stormcrow said

    Just about to pull down a copy.

    Check out the page for this book. Hint: scan ALL the comments.

    If you begin with any doubt as to the energy of the Likudnik propaganda machine, be prepared to lose it when you do this exercise.

    Another example, from another bullshit factory, is the set of reader reviews for Colin Flaherty’s recent obscenity, “White Girl Bleed a Lot”. Flaherty, when you look him up, turns out to be a talk show host who writes for the Wingnut Daily, so you can easily make an accurate preliminary guess as to his competence. You won’t get a whiff of the hard sewer stink from those reviews.

    • The hasbara crew have been all over this book from the beginning, starting with Eric Alterman who did his best to sabotage it at The Nation after Blumenthal’s first piece on it appeared there. (Blumenthal had predicted Alterman’s behavior well beforehand.)

      FDL, to its great credit, had a Book Salon for his book a few weeks ago.

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