Catch the Jew!

  • by Tuvia Tenenbom
  • Narrated by Shlomo Zacks
  • 12 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

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.

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Beautifully written

I love this book and enjoyed the wit and persistence of the author. Truly an amazing book that no other could have written without such a unique background with ties to both Israel and Europe.
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- tennille

spot on

As an Israeli, I feel the author has accurately encapsulated the breadth of conflicting interests, opinions and personalities here, and I was grateful that he played the role of a skeptic rather than buying everything he was told without question.

The result will be an eye opener for those who think they know this place just because they've read Max Blumenthal or Farid Zakaria or Thomas Friedman, or reports from ICRC or other NGO's whose true interests belie impartiality I am sad to say, and I think the author would agree, this lone voice of his would have to be amplified substantially if it is to convince Palestinians to reach out in a spirit of compromise. But why should this be so when, as Tenenbom shows, even Israel's ostensible allies' actions stack the deck against Israel and nurture Palestinian hopes to displace Israel rather than live with it side by side?

But, at least now you can get a real sense of what is going down here. Read this book, and you'll be able to call out the nonsense when you see it.
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- Not anybody special

Book Details

  • Release Date: 04-03-2015
  • Publisher: Gefen Publishing House