“In intellectual circles, anything can be said about Israel”

Immoral Equivalence: Review of ‘Kingdom of Olives and Ash,’ Edited by Michael Chabon and Ayelet Waldman
by Daniella J. Greenbaum
June 14, 2017

Kingdom of Olives and Ash, a new collection of essays edited by Michael Chabon and Ayelet Waldman, features 26 different writers—all of whom visited Israel on delegations organized by Breaking the Silence. The book is a latticework of propaganda, pieced together by distortions and half-truths. The writers are talented, so there are no misplaced commas even though there are plenty of misguided ideas. The felicitous, compelling prose that makes this collection so readable is precisely what makes it so dangerous…The deception that runs throughout the text will bewitch the average reader into believing that the Israelis are usually bad, usually wrong, usually to blame; that the Palestinians are usually good, usually right, usually blameless. READ MORE

ELDER OF ZIYON Matti Friedman’s delicious takedown of Chabon and Waldman

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