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Antiwar Radio: Max Blumenthal

Max Blumenthal, author of Republican Gomorrah: Inside the Movement that Shattered the Party, discusses the “price tag” attacks by Israeli settlers against Palestinians, meant to extract a “price” when the Israeli government dares to defy the settlers’ wishes; why the state of Israel has no more respect for Israeli Arab property rights or religious expression than the settlers do; how Israel’s government allied with the Bedouin and Druze (and later betrayed them) to divide and conquer any resistance to land grabs; the reality of “land swap” deals – essentially the expulsion of 250,000 Palestinian citizens from Israel by redrawing the map around their homes; how the Shin Bet largely ignores Jewish terrorism but keeps a very watchful eye on peaceful Palestinian protesters; and why it’s about time to consider a normal democratic Israel instead of a Zionist colonial state in perpetual warfare, necessitating a propagandized population and mandatory military service.

Antiwar Radio: Max Blumenthal

Max Blumenthal, author of Republican Gomorrah: Inside the Movement that Shattered the Party, discusses his article “Meet the Right-Wing Hatemongers Who Inspired the Norway Killer” at alternet.org; the Islamophobes, including Pamela Geller, advocating for state terrorism and the wholesale killing of Muslims and Leftists; Republican campaign gimmicks that include loyalty oaths for Muslim government employees (e.g. mail carriers); changing the law in order to successfully prosecute Muslim charities with no ties to terrorism; Blumenthal’s previous piece “The Great Fear” at tomdispatch.com; how Islamophobia remained benign during the Bush administration and began to flourish once “secret Muslim” Obama was elected; the moral connection between the US military using white phosphorus in Fallujah and the IDF using it in Gaza during “Cast Lead;” and how all the energy and outrage is on the Right, while the progressive movement remains timid and ineffective.

Antiwar Radio: Max Blumenthal

Max Blumenthal, author of Republican Gomorrah: Inside the Movement that Shattered the Party, discusses how the Carmel wildfire reveals Israel’s singular focus on militarization at the expense of basic public services like firefighting (necessitating humbling assistance from Turkey and the Palestinian Authority); how millions of trees hide the evidence of razed villages and the mass expulsion of Palestinians in the 1948 Nakba; touring the new bohemian village of Ein Hod where the mosque of the displaced Palestinian population was converted into a bar; how the evangelical Christian GOD TV network is funding the Jewish National Fund to plant a million trees in the Negev desert (displacing Bedouin residents) to advertise the second coming of Christ; and why the Israeli settlements can’t be undone while the government is staffed with, and controlled by, former and current settlers.

Antiwar Radio: Max Blumenthal

Max Blumenthal, author of Republican Gomorrah: Inside the Movement that Shattered the Party, discusses the religious justifications for killing non-Jews in the “King’s Torah” by Rabbi Yitzhak Shapira, the tenuous far-right political alliance that makes Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu hold his tongue on the eve of Palestinian peace talks (lest he have to negotiate land-for-peace), the inclusion of moderate secular Jews on the non-Jew hit list, the seeming triumph of rabbinical law over Israel’s common law and the fascist Judea-state aspirations of Avigdor Lieberman’s political affiliates.

Antiwar Radio: Max Blumenthal

Max Blumenthal discusses the theology and politics of John Hagee’s Christians United for Israel as he documented for the Huffington Post.