Catch the Jew!
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Catch the Jew!

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"Bluntly satirical irresistibly fascinating seductive and engaging." New York Times Hugely entertaining, terribly funny, sarcastic, engaging, powerful, accusatory, judgmental, good! National Review A literary sensation. Haaretz Catch the Jew! recounts the adventures of gonzo journalist Tuvia Tenenbom, who wanders around Israel and the Palestinian Authority for seven months in search of the untold truths in today's Holy Land. With holy chutzpah, Tenenbom boldly goes where no Jew has gone before, at times risking his life as he assumes the identities of Tobi the German and even Abu Ali in order to probe into the many stories in this strange land and poke holes in all of them. From the self-hating leftists in Tel Aviv to the self-promoting PLO execs in Ramallah, from the black-clad Haredim of Bet Shemesh to the glowing foreign human rights activists in Beit Hanina, from Jewish settlers and the Christians who come from abroad to toil with them to ardent Jerusalem monks and Bedouins in surprisingly glorious shacks, Tenenbom takes on the people of the land, getting to know them and disarming them as he breaks bread and mingles with anyone and everyone. Does Palestinian wife number one hate the Jews more than she hates wife number two? Who finances cash-rich NGOs pursuing a Judenrein Israel? Who sets Palestinian olive groves on fire and why? What is the emotional gravity that pulls idealistic human rights activists from other countries to Israel and only to Israel? Who are the flaming feminists who sacrifice their lives for the rights of polygamists? Whose land is this, anyway? By turns poignant, enraging, and laugh-out-loud funny, this unique travelogue lays bare the intensity of this turbulent land in an unprecedented, eye-opening education, person by person, city by city, and meal by meal. You will never look at Israel the same way again. "show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 484 pages
  • 146 x 220 x 32mm | 739.99g
  • Gefen Publishing House
  • Jerusalem, Israel
  • English
  • 9652297984
  • 9789652297983
  • 37,550

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Tenenbom's Catch the Jew! is a lively and humorous tour through Israel as the author visits and interviews the multifaceted State of Israel.The book is simultaneously extremely funny but also very dark and disturbing as Tenenbom forces the reader to confront the painful realities facing the Jewish State, not only from fundamentalists but also from their European supporters. This is an excellent book for those interested in an unvarnished and eminently readable depiction of the opinions and beliefs of and about the Jews and the State of Israel. It is filled with humor and eye-opening insight into Israelis and Palestinians and the hope and challenges found everywhere in the Promised Land. I particularly liked the fact that no person or ideology is spared from the author s scathing critique but at the same time, the worst actors bear the brunt of it. If someone wereto ask me to recommend one book to help him or her understand Israel today they could do no better than to read Tenenbom s Catch the Jew! --David Tesler"AJL REVIEWS NOV/DEC 2015" (12/02/2015)"show more

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651 ratings
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4 29% (191)
3 11% (74)
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