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.
MP3 here. (25:52)
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 Huffington Post, Salon.com, Al Jazeera English and many other publications. He is a writing fellow for the Nation Institute. His book, Republican Gomorrah: Inside The Movement That Shattered The Party, is a New York Times and Los Angeles Times bestseller.