Jul 10 2015
GUEST: Max Blumenthal is an award-winning journalist and bestselling author. I spoke with him last night on stage at the First Congregational Church in Los Angeles in front of a packed audience, as part of Uprising’s speaker series. Blumenthal’s newest book is called ‘The 51-Day War: Ruin and Resistance in Gaza’.
One year ago on July 8, 2014, Israel launched air strikes on the Gaza strip, followed by a ground invasion. The ensuing fifty-one days of war left more than 2,200 people dead, the vast majority of whom were Palestinian civilians, including over 500 children. More than a quarter of a million Palestinians were displaced and at least 10,000 homes were destroyed.
One of the journalists who witnessed the horror of the 2014 Gaza war was Max Blumenthal, 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, Al Jazeera English and many other publications. He is a former Puffin Foundation Writing Fellow for The Nation Institute.
His first book Republican Gomorrah: Inside the Movement that Shattered the Party became a New York Times bestseller when it was published in 2009. Then, two years ago he wrote Goliath: Life and Loathing in Greater Israel, for which he won the Cultural Freedom Award from the Lannan Literary Foundation last year.
When Uprising host Sonali Kolhatkar interviewed Max about that book, he revealed how Republican Gomorrah became a best seller in part because Terry Gross interviewed him about it. But when Goliath came out, her producers explicitly rejected an interview. Criticism of Israel is not popular at NPR or other outlets. But that didn’t deter Max. He wrote a second book specifically focused on last year’s war on Gaza called The 51-Day War: Ruin and Resistance in Gaza.
Max Blumenthal spoke with Sonali Kolhatkar on stage on July 7, 2015, at the First Congregational Church in Los Angeles about his book in front of a live audience.
A very special thank you to Justin Lebanowski, Eric Sorenson, and Stephen Vittoria for help with recording this event, and thanks to all who made it possible.
(Photos by Brian Biery)
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