(Max) Blumenthal explained how The New York Times commissioned the
11-minute video, but after the paper’s editors saw it, refused to
publish it: “I was asked to submit something by The New York Times op
docs, a new section on the website that published short video
documentaries. I am known for short video documentaries about the right
wing in the US, and extremism in Israel. They solicited a video from me,
and when I didn’t produce it in time, they called me for it, saying
they wanted it. So I sent them a video I produced with my colleague,
David Sheen, an Israeli journalist who is covering the situation of
non-Jewish Africans in Israel more extensively than any journalist in
the world. We put together some shocking footage of pogroms against
African communities in Tel Aviv, and interviews with human rights
activists. I thought it was a well-done documentary about a situation
very few Americans were familiar with. We included analysis. We tailored
it to their style, and of course it was rejected without an explanation
after being solicited. I sent it to some other major websites and they
have not even responded to me, when they had often solicited articles
from me in the past. Blumenthal, author of the bestselling and widely
promoted 2009 book Republican Gomorrah, also spoke about the difficulty
he has had getting any mainstream media attention for his new book
Goliath: Life and Loathing in Greater Israel. Just like this video,
Blumenthal’s new book offers an unflinching look at the racist reality
of Israel that America’s establishment media simply does not have the
guts to confront.” ~ Max Blumenthal

Israel Cranks Up the PR Machine
It’s deploying all its resources to fight the growing world movement against the occupation.

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