Socrates in the Holy Land Speaking Truth to Power! (Breitbart News Network)

Tuvia Tenenbom is a modern-day Socrates – and these are his dialogues. Catch The Jew! should be read and regarded as the indispensable, revealing inquiry that it is. -Breitbart News Network June 22 2015



Breitbart News Network June 22 2015 

Lying is a virtue. That is a concept that the major forces of anti-Semitism in the world – Leftists and Jihadists – share. A leading Sandinista official once described the Marxist-Leninist doctrine of Revolutionary Truth as “What is true is what serves the ends of the revolution.” The Jihadist doctrine of Taqiyya is no different.

This is the enemy Tuvia Tenenbom confronts in Catch The Jew!, his on-the-ground exposé of anti-Semitic European NGOs operating in Israel, and their willful executioners in the Jewish state.

The fault line between intellectuals and intelligent people is as wide as people’s capacity for self-delusion. Imagine people claiming to be biblical scholars who know not even the most basic tenets of biblical religion. Imagine a mission from a medical organization with people who have no medical training. Imagine going to a Holocaust museum and having, as a tour guide, a self proclaimed “ex-Jew” who makes excuses for the Holocaust. All of this was discovered by Tuvia in his 6-month unguided schlep through Israel and Judea and Samaria (the “West Bank,” the so-called “Occupied Territories”).

As Tuvia writes to one of his critics:

On almost any given day NGO activists escort journalists to Palestinian cities and towns, where they witness the Palestinian poverty stories as reported by their colleagues in the media … But I took an extra step: I kept on walking, to places where no activist wanted me to go. What did I see? Shack-living Bedouins driving expensive Mercedes while communicating on their newest iPhones; “homeless” Palestinians who in reality live in gated communities; Europeans teaching Arabs how best to fight Jews; self-hating Jews, financed by moneys from abroad, instigating Arabs against Jews; Jews who run out of fear of being shot – and many, many other facts that left me speechless. For example: Would you believe that an abode which looks like a shack is actually a palace inside, its exterior well hiding the nicest of furniture and most expensive of technology? Did you know that European governments, and some American Jewish foundations, pay Arabs to settle illegally next to Israeli Army bases? Did you know that the EU sponsors tours to Yad Vashem in order to convince young tourists that the Holocaust didn’t really happen the way the Jews say it did? Did you know that the Red Cross, the guardian of the Geneva Conventions, claims that Israel is the only country not abiding by international humanitarian laws? Did you know that Doctors Without Borders is very busy inventing diseases, just so that they could blame Israel of causing them? Did you know that some big American Jewish organizations are footing the bills for anti-Israel propaganda? Did you know that European countries invest millions upon millions every year to destabilize Israel? Did you know that “peace activists” encourage Arab kids to throw stones at Jewish girls? Did you know that journalists make up stories about events they have never seen and places they have never visited?

Using the Socratic method, Tuvia can draw out the truth from even the most audacious liars.

And there is no bigger lie than the disinformation regarding Israeli “repression” of the Palestinians, their rights, and their living conditions. Therefore, this review will heavily focus on Tuvia’s debunking of this slander.

At one of the European Union-funded “universities,” the following exchange took place:

I got to the office nearby to figure out what kind of university this really is, with two students to a class. A man sits by his desk and gladly answers my questions. “The Occupation,” he says, talking of the Israelis, “is throwing Muslim residents out of their houses in east Jerusalem and putting Jews in instead.”

When? Now?

“All the time!”

How many houses?


How many?


How many?




How long have they, the occupiers, been around here? I mean, if we count from 1967, then -

“No, from 1948!”

He’s talking about the establishment of the State of Israel.

Okay, 1948. Thirty houses since 1948: that’s less than half a house per year -

“We cannot fix our own houses here, they won’t let us!”

This place looks quite nice, and quite fixed.

“Look up! You see the paint coming off?” I see. That’s the size of a half a page. Can’t you paint it over?

“No! The Occupiers won’t let us!”

And consider this conversation with a Red Cross official on the way to Sheikh Jarrah, Jerusalem:

“They [Israel] will demolish your house if you cannot prove ownership, but to prove ownership is very hard because the original papers might have been filed with the Ottomans, with the British or even with the Israelis, but the papers are somewhere in some safe. If you cannot prove ownership for the past thirty years, they will force you out. This is not all: if you add a balcony to your house they will evict you and demolish your house.”

This is really bad. How many homes have been demolished in Sheikh Jarrah so far?

He tries to add them all up in his mind and by the end of the process he comes up with the exact sum: zero.

With all the billions of donors of NGO money flowing into the Judea and Samaria, the economy of these areas are anything but poor. With all of the beautiful houses and top-of-the-line German automobiles in the Arab sections of Hebron, the media is forced to focus on the 3% of the city that is poor in order to create a sob story. What is not mentioned is that the poor section of the city is the only place where the Jews are allowed to live. But the Left looks at even this as a Jewish, anti-Palestinian conspiracy, as Tuvia recounts:

I board a “Special,” a taxi for more than one party, into Jerusalem, sitting next to an intellectual looking lady.

We talk.

She is from Bethlehem, and she works for an environment-conscious Non-Governmental Organization.

How many NGOs are there in this land? I ask her.

“Thousands. In Bethlehem alone we have about one hundred.”

Her name is Nur, and she’s indeed an intellectual. She has studied much and she practices what she knows. She’s paid well, she says, and lives very comfortably, thanks to the Americans, Germans, and the rest of the EU, who are paying her salary.

“In Palestine the economy is NGO. Palestine is an NGO country. We call it ‘NGO Palestine.’ Who pays our government leaders? NGOs. Almost nothing is manufactured here, nothing grows here or is produced here except for NGOs. That’s it.”

Are you happy about it?

“In the short run, yes. But in the long run, this will kill us. One day the NGOs will go and we’ll have nothing. It’s not healthy for a country to live on handouts. We have a weak government, and one day we’ll pay for it. This is not real.”

Do you know of other countries that live like this?

“Only Palestine.”

The Western world cares only about you?

“No. The Jew tells them to do this!”


“They throw all their money here into Palestine because they know that if they didn’t give the money to the Palestinians the Jews would have to do it, because Israel is an occupying power and occupiers must pay the people they occupy.”

Is that so? I mean, the Europeans and the Americans want to save the Jews money?

“Why else would they do it?”

When I saw Tuvia speak at NYU on June 9th, 2015, he demanded to know – “What happened to the Left?” But, I feel, it is the wrong question to ask. The real question should be: What is wrong with the Left? Why are their senses of right and wrong so easily manipulated?

The Left once recognized Israel for what it is, a democracy and a safe haven for Jews fleeing persecution. But after the 1967 war, the Soviet Union made the delegitimization of Israel a priority. The Left quickly followed the Party Line. In Germany, the communist Revolutionary Cells terrorist organization would team up with Palestinian terrorists to attack Jews, even helping them to commit the Munich Olympics Massacre. In England, Israeli representatives were banned by student groups because the UN had declared that Zionism is racism, a resolution organized and orchestrated by the Soviet Union. And during the Yom Kippur War, Israel was almost destroyed because so many of the Left-leaning European democracies refused to let United States aircraft, on a mission to send desperately needed supplies to Israel, land for refueling after crossing the atlantic.

It worked. Hatred of Israel and anti-semitism in Europe is now spreading beyond the Left. It is becoming mainstream in Europe.

But there is something else going on – something that Tuvia was able to pry out of PA official (and lifelong terrorist) Jibril Rajoub, when questioning him:

Why is there so much NGO money here? Is it because they love the Palestinians so much? Is it because they hate the Israelis very much?… Why would a country like Norway even care what’s going on here?

Jibril is surprised by my surprise. It is obvious, he argues, why Europe is getting involved; Europe want to protect itself and its citizens. What, don’t I read the news? He elaborates: “How many terror attacks happened in Europe, even in Germany, as a result of this conflict? How many? How many planes were hijacked? How many people were killed? Excuse me!” It is because of Europe’s involvement in the Middle East, he teaches me, that “blood shedding is no longer used to assure my national aspirations.”

In short: Palestinians now know that the world is not against them and so they don’t blow up planes in mid-flight.

To make sure I got him right, I ask him whether he just told me that terror would engulf Europe if it did not give money to the NGOs supporting Palestinians.

He realizes that he might have gone too far and he tries to correct himself:

“I think.” he switches mode, “that they are sympathizing with the suffering of Palestinians.”

An agreement like this goes back to the 1970s, when there were Palestinians committing terrorist attacks against European targets (remember The Terror Network?). The agreement was that the Europeans would look the other way when Palestinian terrorists targeted Jews in Europe, so long as they didn’t kill “their own” citizens. Aldo Moro wrote about it while he was being held by the Red Brigades: “Liberty (with expatriation) was conceded to Palestinians, to avoid grave risks of reprisals. Not once, but many times, detained Palestinians were released by various mechanisms. The principle was accepted… The necessity of straining formal legality was recognized…”

Now, apparently, a new dimension is added to this agreement. Now the Europeans pay the Palestinians not to blow them up, as well as paying for their propaganda. This is a confirmation that the Europeans are, yet again, willing to sacrifice Jews in the name of appeasement.

This is why there must be a Jewish state, and why it must have unequaled military strength – and the support of the United States.

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Kay Wilson was stabbed 13 times with a machete by terrorists in 2010. She get's Catch the Jew!

This book is many things. Firstly, this book is therapy...

Kay Wilson Gives a Tedx Talk in Israel!

On June 9 2015, Kay Wilson gave a Tedx Talk hosted by Ben-Gurion Universtiy of the Negev. She spoke about a horrific machete attack that occurred in December 2010 while guiding her American friend and client, the late Kristine Luken. The two women were attacked and held at knife point and eventually tied up and then brutally stabbed. Kay watched helplessly as her friend was executed. Despite sustaining horrendous injuries herself, she managed to play dead and later escape. After nearly four years of physical rehabilitation and trauma therapy, Kay began working as an inspirational speaker, speaking for non-profits on issues of human rights for global victims of terrorism and campaigning against hate speech on university campuses. to watch this amazing Ted Talk click here


Kay Wilson Reviews Catch the Jew! by Tuvia Tenenbom.

This book is many things: Firstly, this book is therapy. The way Tuvia writes is hysterical. As a survivor of a horrific Palestinian machete attack, I haven't had such a good laugh since I was almost murdered. Secondly, this book is shocking. The hate and rabid anti semitism that the author reveals behind these ostensibly charitable NGO's is distressing. Thirdly, this book is logical. I have always wondered what enables two men, who were once little boys, to hack two defenceless innocent women with machetes, without blinking an eye, and now I know. It is the endless cycle of hate and the pornography of victimhood which these European NGO's feed the Palestinians, so much so that in the end anything is allowed in the name of "justice." You're my hero Tuvia! I will buy you a pint of German beer.

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"Tenenbom is a 21st Century Socrates," and More Superlative Customer Reviews for Catch the Jew!

So far the Wall Street Journal is the only major media organization to review Catch The Jew! But readers are voting with their keyboards. Here is a small collection of amazing customer reviews from 

"Great read. Wonderful companion to Lela Gilbert's "Saturday People Sunday People". I was turned off by the title and book cover, but WSJ review got my attention. Tenenbom is a 21st century Socrates uncovering the hypocrisy and prejudices so widespread in the levant." Read this review on

"a must-read for everybody who cares about the reality about Israel and Palestine, and what are the reasons that peace is no option at this time." Read this review on

"a real journalist...who actually asks critical questions and is capable of asking an intelligent follow up question." Read this review on

" much deeper insight into Israeli's life than your personal experience could get, no matter how prepared or educated you might be." Read this review on

The sub-title should be 'The Vicious European Pursuit of the Jewish State.' Read this review on

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"Tuvia Tenenbom is an ultimate Jewish undercover agent and exposes everybody for what they are. Tuvia, they did not catch you, and they will not catch us.: Read this review on

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Only the Druze come away unified and honest

Top Amazon Reviewer gives five stars to Catch the Jew! by Tuvia Tenenbom.

Review Catch the Jew! (Gefen, 2015) by Tuvia Tenenbom

Gonzo journalism is alive and well from a fellow who defines chuzpah. Whether acting as a Tobi the German Christian, or Ali Abu, the Arabic speaking Muslim, or Tuvia the Israeli Jew, this rational author sends us on a sad adventure into a Kafkaesque realm of liars, gullible fools, cunning foxes, and people who believe their own propaganda. I did not laugh but I did smile a lot with Tenenbom's observations and wit, but I mainly ended the book with dismay. Logic and science have little influence in Israel or the Middle East. In short, craziness abounds. If you were not already cynical, this book will shatter your optimistic views on all political positions and the many religious followers. European liberals of the NGOs (nongovernmental organizations) are particular targets, for Tenebom scratches their prejudicial, hypocritical surface to find an underlying layer of anti-Semitism. Left-wing Israelis do not survive the mirror of history either. Only the Druze members of the Israeli Defense Force come away as a people unified and honest to themselves and to others (and within the IDF they have their own flag, like Iraqi Kurds). The chapters flows fast and steady. The book is brilliant and important. That it was Israel's Top Best Seller gives wonder but perhaps also hope.

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Tuvia Tenenbom Strikes back at David Mikics!


Here is Tuvia Tenenbom's response to a recent article by David Mikics in Tablet Magazine.

Tablet magazine, seemingly an online publication with low journalistic standards, came out today with a neurotic personal attack penned by a fellow named David Mikics and titled: "Tuvia Tenenbom Is a Weak, Insecure, Blustery Jew.” Why go personal? Why not have a respectful argument?
But let’s not talk about respect, but journalism and accurate reporting.

Almost right from the start, this article is ripe with inaccuracies. "That’s what Israeli author and Meretz party activist Alona Kimhi posted on her Facebook page after being interviewed by the gadfly and journalist-provocateur Tuvia Tenenbom," writes David in the first paragraph. Well, Alona Kimhi was not interviewed by the Weak and Insecure Jew, and is nowhere to be found in "Catch the Jew!"
What makes David make up stories?

"Tenenbom was born an ultra-Orthodox Jew in Bnei Brak, but freed himself from religion as a teenager, after his family moved to America,” David claims in the second paragraph. Well, wrong: No “family” came to America.
In the third paragraph it says: "A few years ago Tenenbom traveled through Germany asking people how they felt about Jews and wrote up his findings in a book called 'I Sleep in Hitler’s Room'”. Wrong again. This is not what that book is about, and never was. If David only bothered to read the book before commenting it would be nice...

On and on, David's article contains one inaccuracy after another and one taking-out-of-context after another.
Why the inaccuracies? Why the venom? This becomes clear only later in the article. 
"Here it is Tenenbom who lacks realism,” David muses, "for he seems to think that Jews must continue to populate the West Bank, since a peace deal isn’t coming anyway. This is a profoundly reckless point of view, because it means that Israel has no leverage, no way of safely making concessions in order to extract concessions from the other side. Is it really so important that Jews live in Sheikh Jarrah?” 

For starters, David might know Brooklyn but he seems to have little to no clue about Sheikh Jarrah or were it is actually located (in the middle of Jerusalem), but more interesting is his argument: Israel should give up territories, even if it will gain nothing by so doing, because it would be “reckless” to do otherwise. Reckless? Profoundly reckless? Wait: Dividing a country in half, while moving hundreds of thousands of families from their homes, and all for no tangible gain or purpose is reckless? 

This kind of argumentation, defying logic and reason, explains why David went personal.

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In Catch the Jew! (Gefen, 2015) Tuvia Tenenbom uses humor and charm to explore life in Israel and Palestine. In the course of his research he uncovers an international agenda to find fault with Jews and Israel. These people have one goal; to Catch the Jew doing something wrong! To order "Catch the Jew!"  click here.

Tuvia Tenenbom Gets Starred Review for Catch the Jew!

"His riveting tale, chock full of unbelievable and hilarious encounters, is highly engaging and emotional, eminently readable, brutally honest, and likely the most uncensored and eye-opening report readers will see." Publishers Weekly February 2015

Publishers Weekly February 2015

Starred Review for Catch the Jew! by Tuvia Tenenbom

Those interested in the Middle East conflict gain an entirely new, surprising, and often disturbing insider's perspective of just how unlikely peace really is, in Tenenbom's remarkable six-month account of his journey to all corners of the Holy Land. Born in Israel to an ultra-orthodox family, Tenenbom (I Sleep in Hitler's Room) left to pursue a career in journalism and theater, living in Germany and the United States. Posing mostly as a German, he returns to Israel after 33 years with a plan to observe and experience the people, the culture, and the prospects for peace. Presenting himself as a German or an Israeli journalist, depending on the situation, he interacts with Haredim, Knesset members, Israeli media, Jews living in disputed areas, right and left-wing Israelis, Arab leaders, PLO leaders, Bedouins, European "peace researchers," and prostitutes. Tenenbom's conclusions, many of which he arrives at while playing his dangerous charade, are bone-chilling and disheartening. His riveting tale, chock full of unbelievable and hilarious encounters, is highly engaging and emotional, eminently readable, brutally honest, and likely the most uncensored and eye-opening report readers will see.


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In Catch the Jew! Tuvia Tenenbom uses humor and charm to explore life in Israel and Palestine. In the course of his research he uncovers an international agenda to find fault with Jews and Israel. These people have one goal; to Catch the Jew doing something wrong! To order "Catch the Jew!"  click here.