Antony Loewenstein, born in Melbourne in 1977, is an Australian independent journalist and author with a focus on geopolitics, human rights, and the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. His literary contributions include "My Israel Question" (2006), a critical examination of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, and "Disaster Capitalism: Making a Killing out of Catastrophe" (2015), which delves into the corporatization of disaster response and humanitarian efforts. Beyond writing, Loewenstein has ventured into documentary work, creating films such as "Disaster Capitalism" based on his investigative book. His independent journalism challenges mainstream narratives, advocating for human rights and shedding light on the influence of powerful interests in global affairs.
Israel’s military industrial complex uses the occupied, Palestinian territories as a testing ground for weaponry and surveillance technology that they then export around the world to despots and democracies. For more than 50 years, occupation of the West Bank and Gaza has given the Israeli state invaluable experience in controlling an “enemy” population, the Palestinians. It’s here that they have perfected the architecture of control.
Best-selling journalist Antony Loewenstein, author of Disaster Capitalism, uncovers this largely hidden world in a global investigation with secret documents, revealing interviews and on-the-ground reporting. This book shows in-depth, for the first time, how Palestine has become the perfect laboratory for the Israeli military-techno complex: surveillance, home demolitions, indefinite incarceration and brutality to the hi-tech tools that drive the 'Start-up Nation'.
From the Pegasus software that hacked Jeff Bezos' and Jamal Khashoggi’s phones, the weapons sold to the Myanmar army that has murdered thousands of Rohingyas and drones used by the European Union to monitor refugees in the Mediterranean who are left to drown. Israel has become a global leader in spying technology and defence hardware that fuels the globe’s most brutal conflicts. As ethno-nationalism grows in the 21st century, Israel has built the ultimate model.