February 28, 2014 - Max Blumenthal and David Sheen at UD

University of Delaware SJP presents Max Blumenthal, author of "Goliath: Life and Loathing in Greater Israel", and David Sheen, journalist writing on Israel's treatment of African refugees. Friday, February 28, 6pm - 8pm. Location is George Read North Lounge at U of D.

David Sheen is an independent journalist who has written extensively about the plight of African refugees in Israel. Based in south Tel Aviv from 2010 to 2013 as Israel’s persecution of African refugees spiked to high levels, Sheen produced volumes of incisive coverage on the topic, both in video and online media -- more than any other journalist. http://www.davidsheen.com/racism

In the spring of 2013, the New York Times solicited a 10-minute video by Sheen and fellow independent journalist Max Blumenthal about Israel’s treatment of African refugees. The Times refused to publish it. The Nation went on to publish the video in October 2013 and it went viral, spawning multiple bootleg versions and chalking up over a million hits and counting on YouTube. Video - http://bit.ly/newrace 

Max Blumenthal is an award-winning journalist and bestselling author whose articles and video documentaries have appeared in The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, The Daily Beast, The Nation, The Guardian, The Independent Film Channel, The Huffington Post, Salon.com, Al Jazeera English and many other publications. His new book, Goliath: Life and Loathing in Greater Israel, is in stores now. His 2009 book, Republican Gomorrah: Inside The Movement That Shattered The Party, is a New York Times and Los Angeles Times bestseller. http://maxblumenthal.com/

Publisher Comments on Goliath: Life and Loathing in Greater Israel:
"In Goliath, New York Times bestselling author Max 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.

Beginning with the national elections carried out during Israel's war on Gaza in 2008-09, which brought into power the country's most right-wing government to date, Blumenthal tells the story of Israel in the wake of the collapse of the Oslo peace process.

As Blumenthal reveals, Israel has become a country where right-wing leaders like Avigdor Lieberman and Bibi Netanyahu are sacrificing democracy on the altar of their power politics; where the loyal opposition largely and passively stands aside and watches the organized assault on civil liberties; where state-funded Orthodox rabbis publish books that provide instructions on how and when to kill Gentiles; where half of Jewish youth declare their refusal to sit in a classroom with an Arab; and where mob violence targets Palestinians and African asylum seekers scapegoated by leading government officials as 'demographic threats'."