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Prof. Joshua Muravchik discusses his new book on the world’s perception of Israel

On September 10, 2014, The Institute of World Politics hosted Professor Joshua Muravchik, who discussed his recent book entitled Making David into Goliath: How the World Turned Against Israel. Professor Muravchik’s latest publication describes a dramatic transformation in Israel from a state that enjoyed overwhelming support from the West to a state that is now portrayed as a brutalizing force throughout the world.

In his remarks, Professor Muravchik contended that Palestinian terrorism in the 1970s, the oil embargo of 1973, and anti-colonial sentiments in the second half of the 20th century culminated in a new paradigm that wrongfully portrays Israel as brutal colonizers. Professor Muravchik additionally stated that this psychology is perpetuated through contemporary media, entertainment, and academia.

Professor Muravchik is a Fellow at the Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies and an adjunct professor with The Institute of World Politics.  This is the author’s ninth book, and his previous works include Heaven on Earth: The Rise and Fall of Socialism, Exporting Democracy: Fulfilling America’s Destiny, and Trailblazer of the Arab Spring: Voices of Democracy in the Middle East.

-Tyler Deffebach