Temple Sinai of Houston, TX invites Tuvia Tenenbom

 Tuvia Tenenbom, author of Catch the Jew! and I Sleep in Hitler's Room is speaking at Temple Sinai of Houston Texas on November 5, 2015 at 8 pm. Get tickets here 

Contact: Marilyn Hassid Phone: 713.729.3200 ext 3228

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Order "Catch The Jew!" by Tuvia Tenenbom

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 buy "Catch the Jew!" on Amzon.com click here.

 

News Flash. Nosey Woman with a Dumb ex-Husband Finds Herself Reading Catch The Jew! by Tuvia Tenenbom.

You'll never guess what happens next!

This is a weird read! In my opinions, the ramblings of a mad man who is visiting the middle east.. Although I do keep reading it, I think it's b/c I'm just a bit nosy...lol He travels to different cities in the middle east and interviews people. Not what I would pick for myself as reading material. I purchased this to download on my extra kindle so my ex husband could read it. Of course, he was too dumb to operate a kindle, never read it, so I'm trying to work my way through it.  See the rest of this review and many others on Amazon.com

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I loved this book so much so I bought 50 copies for friends and family. I read it over a weekend and simply found it very hard to stop reading apart for some basic activities like eating and sleeping :) Not only this book is full of first hand encounters, it is very entertaining indeed. The author has done a marvellous job in uncovering the brutal truths in both Israel and the Palestinian Authority. He showed how stories in the press are written and propagated and the forces that operate there as well as their agendas, which are sometime well hidden. This is a must read for anyone who wants a glimpse into Israeli and Palestinian societies. I loved it! See the rest of this review and many others on Amazon.com

This book is required reading for anyone seeking to understand Israel today. The title is unfortunate, as it doesn't really convey what this book is about. Disguising himself as a German reporter (the author, originally from Israel, speaks Hebrew, Arabic, English and German), he travels all over Israel and the West Bank, interviewing people from all walks of life, from illegal immigrants in Tel Aviv to members of the Knesset, Bedouin farmers, Palestinian activists, Jewish settlers, European NGO members, soldiers, prostitutes, taxi drivers, journalists, rabbis, foreign diplomats, waiters - you name it. He has a genius for getting people to open up to him, and a wry, absurd way of looking at the world. The access he was able to obtain is breathtaking: often at great risk, he talked his way into high-level PLO headquarters, an Israeli battleship, placed himself in the middle of a violent demonstration, and hiked all over the West Bank with Palestinian politicians. Through it all, his love of his subjects is palpable. If you read only one book about Israel, please make it this. See the rest of this review and many others on Amazon.com


Amazing book! Finally, someone sheds a light on the hypocrisy of the Palestinian/Israeli situation! Mr. Tenenbom levels his finger squarely at Western and European NGO's getting fat off the good intentions and misguided guilt of the world-at-large. He exposes the so-called journalists and do-gooders for what they truly are: self-righteous, unrepentant narcissists, more concerned with keeping their budgets intact than working towards any real justice or peace. What's so depressing about this book is how it also captures, beyond the tangled mess that has enveloped the land of milk and honey, the humanity and vibrancy of the Arab and Jewish population, giving us a sense of what could be, if we may ditch the entrenched BS and talk to one another as human beings. But unfortunately this will never happen - there are simply too many "peace activists" with their demonizing agendas in the way, determined to maintain the status quo, no matter what the truth might be! Is there any Hope?!? Perhaps... but only if this book is read by enough people, in the process becoming THE central text in the region's discourse, may we finally reverse the decades of hypocrisy and racism-disguised-as-compassion that has the World disproportionately focused on Israel as the great pariah while tens of thousands of truly unfortunate victims of human rights victims go unheard. Do your part and READ it! Then GIVE IT TO SOMEONE!! See the rest of this review and many others on Amazon.com

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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 buy "Catch the Jew!" on Amzon.com click here.

Tuvia Tenenbom Coming to Berkeley. Don't Miss Him!

Tuvia Tenenbom will be speaking at Berkeley this Wednesday, September 2 at 7 pm. Venue: 101 Morgan Hall. Topic HUMAN RIGHTS ACTIVIST: LIFESTYLE OR FALSE IDENTITY? Join the event on facebook!

An evening with Tuvia Tenenbom: theater director, playwright, author (of the International Bestseller "Catch the Jew!") journalist, essayist and artistic director of the Jewish Theater of New York Wednesday, September 2, 2015 7:00 PM 101 Morgan Hall

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"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 as he assumes the identities of Tobi the German and Abu Ali. From the leftists in Tel Aviv to the PLOexecs 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 ardent Jerusalem monks and Bedouins, 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. 

Tuvia studied for his doctorate in English literature at St. John's University, earned hisMFA in Playwriting at CUNY-Brooklyn, BSin mathematics and computer science at Touro, and finished his rabbinical studies in Jerusalem. He also studied Christianity and Islam in Israel and New York as well as journalism, acting, theater, and finance (at NYU).

In 2003 Germany'smost presigious newspaper Die Zeit named Tuvia Tenenbom and Prof. Harold Bloom ?the best minds?in America. Tuvia was called a "Free artist who fights for truth and tolerance" by the Belgian Le Vif L'Express. 

As a journalist, Tuvia writes essays and op-ed articles for various publications. His articles and essays have been published in leadingWestern media including Die Zeit of Germany,Corriere della Sera of Italy, Yedioth Ahronoth of Israel, and the American Fox News.Tuvia is also a columnist for Die Zeit. His column, "Fett wie ein Turnschuh," appears twice amonth. Tuvia is the author of the Spiegel Top-10 Best Seller Allein unter Deutschen (I Sleep in Hitler's Room in English), and the # 1 Best Seller in Israel Catch the Jew!

Who Taught the Moslems to Hate Jews? Bestselling Author Has a shocking truth to Reveal!

This is part 2 of Eric Stakelbeck's interview with bestselling author Tuvia Tenenbom on The Watchman. 

In this interview we learn the answers to these questions;

  • Why would Hitler would be shocked if he were alive today, according to Palestinian spymaster Jibril Rajoub?
  • How did a tiny Palestinian village got a six lane highway?
  • Who taught the Moslems to hate the Jews! Learn more.

 

Order "Catch The Jew!" by Tuvia Tenenbom

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 buy "Catch the Jew!" on Amzon.com click here.

 

Tuvia Tenenbom on Reeltalk with Audrey Russo!

Listen to the live interview with Tuvia Tenenbom on ReelTalk with Audrey Russo

Order "Catch The Jew!" by Tuvia Tenenbom

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 buy "Catch the Jew!" on Amzon.com click here.

Reading Tenenbom in Coach!

Catch the Jew! by Tuvia Tenenbom is a bestseller at Ben Gurion International Airport!

Looking for a Great Book to Read on the Plane? 

Catch the Jew! by Tuvia Tenenbom is a bestseller at Ben Gurion International Airport!

Order "Catch The Jew!" by Tuvia Tenenbom

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 buy "Catch the Jew!" on Amzon.com click here.

Tuvia Tenenbom Amazes Eric Stakelbeck and Blows the Lid off How the United States Government is Helping Israel's Enemies.

Tuvia Amazes Eric Stakelbeck and Blows the Lid off How the United States Government is Helping Israel's Enemies.

A new book called Catch the Jew! That's right Catch the Jew! But it's pro-Israel.

Its the number one best selling book in Israel and it blows the lid off how the United States Government and the European Union is helping Israel's enemies.

Catch the Jew is the chronicle of author Tuvia Tenenbom's journey through the Holy Land and you won't believe what he found!

- From Eric Stakelbeck's introduction to part one of his interview with Tuvia Tenenbom, author of Catch the Jew, Gefen Publishing (2015)

Order "Catch The Jew!" by Tuvia Tenenbom 

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 buy "Catch the Jew!" on Amzon.com click here.

 

Why Are So Many Palestinian Officials and Activists Driving Mercedes?

A brilliant satirist unmasks the Palestinian human-rights industry.

Fred Siegel and Sol Stern review Catch the Jew! by Tuvia Tenenbom for City Journal.

Catch The Jew!, by Tuvia Tenenbom (Gefen Publishing House, 484 pp., $24.95)

If you want to understand why there is no peace in the Holy Land despite the best efforts of the Obama administration and the billion-dollar European “peace and human rights” industry, you owe it to yourself to read Catch the Jew! by Tuvia Tenenbom. This myth-shattering book became an instant bestseller in Israel last year, yet, Germany aside, it has largely been ignored in American and European media outlets and by the reigning Middle East punditocracy. Ostensibly, Tenenbom’s book is disdained because the author lacks the academic or journalistic credentials to be taken seriously as a commentator on the Israel-Palestinian conflict. Though he speaks both Arabic and Hebrew, Tenenbom possesses no professional expertise on the modern Middle East, nor has he had any previous journalistic experience covering Israel and the Palestinian territories.

So much for academic and journalistic credentials, then. In this volume full of personal observations, revealing interviews, and Swiftian satire, Tenenbom offers deeper insights into the fundamental realities of the Middle East conflict and the pathologies of the Palestinian national movement than decades of reporting by media outlets such as the New York Times, The New Yorker, and Israel’s Haaretz. No fair-minded person can come away from this book without wondering why such citadels of contemporary liberal journalism have neglected to inform their readers of the scam being conducted in the region by self-styled human-rights activists and their taxpayer-funded European NGOs—not to mention that this massive international intervention actually makes it even more difficult to achieve a peaceful solution to the conflict.

So what’s the secret of Tenenbom’s journalism? For starters, he disarms the anti-Israel activists and Palestinian officials he engages with by dissembling about his own identity and by playing the simpleton. The author was raised in an ultra-Orthodox Jewish family in Israel. As an adult, he broke with organized religion and moved to America, where he became a successful playwright and founder of the Jewish Theater of New York. In his travels around Israel and the Palestinian territories, however, Tenenbom presents himself as Tobi, a German gentile and unaffiliated journalist—an innocent abroad sincerely trying to understand why the Jews have chosen to oppress the poor Palestinians. Because many of Tenenbom’s Palestinian and pro-Palestinian interlocutors assume that this well-meaning German must be on their side—a reasonable assumption, since much of the financial support for the pro-Palestinian NGOs comes from the German government or political parties—the ruse works brilliantly. The activists are willing to open up to the apparently naïve German and express their true beliefs about Israel and Zionism—hateful views they might be more circumspect about sharing with, say, a New York Times reporter.

In his tour d’horizon of the Palestinian territories, Tenenbom uncovers the fact that there are almost 300 pro-Palestinian foreign NGOs working (that is, agitating) in the West Bank and another hundred in Gaza, most financed by German taxpayers. Moreover, aid to the Palestinians by the European Union and the United Nations is the highest, per capita, in the world. Which might explain why, as Tenenbom keeps noticing all over the West Bank, so many Palestinian officials and activists are driving Mercedes.

One may wonder why these beautiful European souls see their mission now as saving the Palestinians, while none dare venture to Qatar to protest the slave-labor conditions imposed on foreign workers building the 2020 World Cup facilities. That unprecedented human rights scandal perpetrated by an Arab apartheid regime has so far led to the deaths of more than 1,000 indentured contract workers. Were human rights activists truly looking for a great victory for their cause, they could easily mount a campaign to convince the major European soccer powers (Germany, England, France, and Spain) to threaten a boycott of the 2022 World Cup. That action would almost certainly convince the Qatar royal family to close down the slave labor camps. But then again, as Tenenbom caustically observes, “where else [but in Palestine] could one practice his or her darkest wish for Judenfrei territories and still be considered liberal?”

For the German-funded NGOs in particular, exposing the Jewish state’s perfidy—“catching the Jew,” in Tenenbom’s words—becomes a psychologically convenient way to repudiate the Nazi past. Anti-Zionism thus becomes a path to liberation from the burdens of Germany’s past, indeed from all of Western colonial history.

Regarding that colonial history, India’s first prime minister, Jawaharlal Nehru, was well aware of the political value of his spiritual and political mentor, the holy man Mohandas Gandhi. Nehru once famously remarked: “You can’t imagine what it costs to keep Gandhi in poverty.” Like Israel, India was founded shortly after World War II over the violent objections of its Muslim population. Despite Ghandian rhetoric about non-violence, India’s bloody separation from its predominately Muslim regions came about through a vindictive and massive transfer of populations—Muslims to Pakistan, Hindus to India. Today in the West, little is spoken of this nasty affair; not so with comparable developments in Israel. Thanks in part to the double moral bookkeeping practiced by the human-rights industry—captained by the Swiss Red Cross and German NGOs—a contrived narrative of unprecedented Israeli cruelty toward the people now known as Palestinians has taken hold in Europe and on the American left.

Relying on his unconventional journalistic techniques, Tenenbom elicits a string of unguarded comments from the activists who work so diligently to keep the narrative of Palestinian suffering in the news. He opens a unique window allowing us to see how the victims’ game works in Palestine. For example, the popular Palestinian leader Jibril Rajoub—with the help of willing European collaborators—succeeds in staging a series of morality plays that perpetuate the big lie about his people’s historical innocence and unique suffering. Rajoub lets Tobi the German in on one such full-scale operatic production in the West Bank village of Bi’lin. With compliant Western reporters told where and when to gather, Palestinian youths comes on stage and, on cue, begin stoning Israeli soldiers. The soldiers ignore the “youths,” but the stones get larger and they eventually respond. The self-righteous Western reporters now have their “story” of Israeli violence for the day. Moreover, the event is filmed for a documentary by an Israeli leftist financed by (what else?) a German NGO. Tenenbom knows something about theater, and his satirical account of this staged episode is as priceless as it is depressing.

Tenenbom’s method produces pure satiric gold, as when the wife of an American rabbi who heads a one-man organization called “Rabbis for Human Rights” (financed by a European NGO) can’t contain herself and admits to Tenenbom: “You can’t change him. Being a human rights activist in our time is to be a persona, not a philosophy; it’s a fad, it’s a fashion. A human rights activist does not look for facts or logic; it’s about a certain dress code, ‘cool’ clothing, about language, diction, expressions and certain manners. No facts will persuade him.”

Another highlight of the book is Tenenbom’s visit—arranged by a European NGO—to an inverted Potemkin village of Bedouin encampments in the Negev. In the original historical version of the Potemkin tall tale, the Russian Czar created a few model villages with false facades to convince Western visitors that all was well within the empire. In the twenty-first century version of the tale perfected by anti-Israel NGOs, the technique is to make Palestinian and Bedouin villages look as awful as possible on the outside even when they are relatively well off on the inside. After all, it can never be admitted that the Palestinian people, despite their suffering at the hands of the Jews, constitute the most prosperous Arab community (with the exception of the oil-rich Gulf monarchies) in the Middle East.

The visit to the Bedouin villages in the Negev is arranged by Adalah, a left-wing Israeli NGO financed by Europeans. Its director, Thabet Abu Rass, explains to Tenenbom that he is “representing the rights of the Palestinian people.” He then points to a map on his wall that says (in Arabic) “Map of Palestine before Nakbah [the Catastrophe] in 1948.” Dr. Rass soon makes it clear that the Nakbah is the source of the suffering, not just by Palestinians in the West Bank and Gaza, but also for the Bedouin who have always lived in Israel and enjoy all the rights of Israeli citizenship. Even as Adalah fights for the rights of the Bedouin in Israeli courts, its leader insists that the Bedouin are not really Israelis, but rather oppressed Palestinians who suffered the 1948 Nakbah.

During his visit to the Bedouin villages, Tenenbom runs into two more representatives of foreign NGOs—Michelle from France and Alessandra from Italy. Michelle, who is Jewish, has been hard at work pressing the Nakbah claim for all Palestinians, including Israel’s Arabs. She tells Tenenbom/Tobi that her NGO works with the Israeli leftist organization Zokhrot (meaning “remembrance”), which is dedicated to perpetuating the Nakbah myth and to compensating the dispossessed Palestinians by allowing millions of them to return to their ancestral homes in Haifa, Jaffa, and Jerusalem, thereby ending the Jewish state. Even in Tel Aviv, founded by Jews in 1909, Zokhrot (with Michelle’s help) is agitating to rename some streets according to their “original Palestinian names.”

Beyond its brilliant satire, Tenenbom’s book is ultimately outrageous and depressing. Outrageous, because thanks to the NGOs, so many otherwise rational, liberal people in Europe and the United States now believe some version of the Palestinian Nakbah narrative. Depressing, because as long as that destructive historical myth is believed in the West, it’s hard to imagine Palestinian leaders ever conceding that their disagreement with Israel is about the consequences of the 1967 war, which are entirely negotiable, rather than the consequences of the 1948 war, which are non-negotiable.

Fred Siegel is a City Journal contributing editor and author of The Revolt Against the Masses: How Liberalism Has Undermined the Middle Class. Sol Stern is a contributing editor of City Journal, a senior fellow at the Manhattan Institute, and the author of A Century of Palestinian Rejectionism and Jew Hatred.

Order "Catch The Jew!" by Tuvia Tenenbom 

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 buy "Catch the Jew!" on Amzon.com click here.