Max Blumenthal is an American journalist, author, blogger, and radical activist who regularly produces fallacious writings on Israeli-Palestinian affairs. Blumenthal works at AlterNet, a liberal news service, and used to write for the Daily Beast and Al Akhbar, a daily Arabic newspaper. Blumenthal is the author of two books: Republican Gomorrah: Inside the Movement that Shattered the Party (2009), and Goliath: Life and Loathing in Greater Israel (2013). Blumenthal graduated the University of Pennsylvania in 1999 with a degree in history.
Blumenthal's latest grossly anti-Israel book, Goliath: Life and Loathing in Greater Israel, has been criticized even by other critics of Israel. Journalist Eric Alterman, a frequent critic of the Israeli government, has dubbed Blumenthal’s book the “‘I Hate Israel’ Handbook.” Alterman remarked that he “did not expect it to be remotely as awful as it is…It is no exaggeration to say that this book could have been published by the Hamas Book-of-the-Month Club (if it existed).” In the Jewish Daily Forward, J.J. Goldberg wrote that "Blumenthal doesn’t know the history and ignores the inconvenient bits of the present, which is one reason his book has flopped. Worse, he thinks he knows all he needs to know, and just what readers need to know. He describes Israel’s assault on Gaza without telling of the thousands of rockets bombarding Negev towns for years beforehand. He touchingly recounts the 2004 assassination of Hamas founder Abdel Aziz al-Rantissi but doesn’t mention the hundreds of Israelis killed by Rantissi’s suicide bombers. The Palestinians are guilty of nothing. Israel’s actions are entirely unprovoked, motivated by pure racism."
Blumenthal has a history of misquoting officials to support his anti-Israel views. For example, in a 2011 article, Blumenthal misquoted Karen Greenberg, the director of the Fordham School of Law's Center on National Security. Blumenthal writes that Greenberg accused Israel of training American interrogators on torture. Greenberg explicitly stated that she said no such thing, but Blumenthal refuses to correct his story. In a 2011 article on his blog, Blumenthal also suggested that Benjamin Netanyahu supported the September 11 attacks. Blumenthal crafted a headline that read: “Top Republicans to welcome Netanyahu, who called 9-11 attacks “very good,” said anti-US terror helps Israel.” This headline deliberately distorted the facts. In reality, Netanyahu had said that US-Israel relations would likely improve in response to a question about the 9/11 attacks. Netanyahu never said that the attacks were "very good."
There are many other examples of Blumenthal’s anti-Semitic behavior. He earned a spot on 2013 Top Ten Anti-Semitic/Anti-Israel Slurs, produced by the Simon Wiesenthal Center. He has been banned from entering the German Parliament, after chasing a German politician into a bathroom for allegedly calling Blumenthal anti-Semitic. (The politician denies this claim.) Blumenthal is cited frequently on a Neo-Nazi website—over 380 times as of April 2014.
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