pernicious influence of Gilad Atzmon, who operated on the fringes of the Palestine
solidarity campaign. To me and others anti-Zionist Jews it was clear that Atzmon
was, without doubt, anti-Semitic.
Unfortunately this wasn’t at all clear to many others in the movement.
couldn’t see the light and for a long time defended Atzmon. See for example Time to say goodbye Why does the SWP not break its links withholocaust-denier Gilad Atzmon?
|The anti-Semitic Jazzman|
What was decisive in breaking the influence of Atzmon over many in the Palestine solidarity
movement was the joint call by Ali Abunimah, Omar Barghouti, Joseph Massad and
other Palestinians for the movement to dissociate itself from Atzmon. Granting NoQuarter: A Call for the Disavowal of the Racism and Antisemitism of GiladAtzmon
people who just didn’t seem to get it. Not just common and garden fools like Roy Ratcliffe of Exeter PSC, who composed lengthy treaties proving that the Eart was flat and Atzmon was an anti-racist but people who had a much higher intellectual calibre.
example Richard Falk, the distinguished professor and UN representative in Gaza, provided a blurb for Atzmon’s book The Wandering Who. In an email to me of 18
December 2011 Richard wrote ‘I appreciate some of the points and arguments that
are made. Nevertheless, having re-read Atzmon’s book and his responses to
comparable lines of criticism I am not prepared to alter, much less renounce,
my endorsement…. Atzmon may have pushed his basic argument too far, but it
seems to me a valid inquiry that can lead to debate and discussion, but is not
appropriate to denounce, and to go further, and denounce those who endorsed the
reading of the book.’
so often against critics of Zionism and the Israeli state that people
now have difficulty recognising the genuine article.’
transformative story told with unflinching integrity that all (especially Jews)
who care about real peace, as well as their own identity, should not only read,
but reflect upon and discuss widely.”
Chronicle wrote in the blurb of Atzmon’s book, The Wandering Who that “Gilad
Atzmon decided to open Pandora’s Box, and ignite a debate that has been
frustratingly dormant for too long. His experiences are most authentic, views
are hard-hitting, and, at times, provocative. It must be read and discussed.” Ramzy Baroud is not stupid yet he too did not get it.
to an understanding of Jewish identity politics and the role they play on the
splutterd that Atzmon’s book was “A pioneering work that deserves to be
read and Gilad Atzmon is brave to write this book!”
sister-in-law, wrote that “It is more than an academic
exercise. It is a revelation!” Booth is clearly easily satisfied!
that ‘’In his inimitable
deadpan style, Atzmon identifies the abscess in the Jewish wisdom tooth –
exilic tribalism – and pulls it out. Ouch!”
be on the left, described Atzmon’s book
as “A brilliant analysis that makes what appear to be contradictions in Jewish
identity based political behavior not only comprehensible but
wittered on about how “Atzmon has the courage – so profoundly lacking
among Western intellectuals”
into the organism created by the Zionist movement is explosive.’ Quite how a vacuum can be explosive is best left to better minds than Sabbagh.
book in English, I heard it in Hebrew and reflected on it in Arabic. Gilad
Atzmon is astonishingly courageous” Makram Khoury-Machool has the ability to speak and read in 3 languages yet he is incapable of thinking in even one of them.
Voice “Gilad Atzmon is someone who encompasses what it
means to be an intellectual.” Thus demonstrating above all that she is no intellectual.
Barrett “Gilad Atzmon is the Moses of our
time” in other words another false Messiah.
managed to pull the wool over peoples’ eyes.
|David Taube of Harry’s Place and Mike Ezra excuse Atzmon’s anti-SemitismMany Zionists too were fascinated by Atzmon
because he was repeating many of their tropes, not least that Zionism and
Judaism were inextricably linked.
People like Mikey Ezra and David Taube of Harry’s Place were fascinated. Taube described a jaunt that he and Mikey Ezra had
gone on with Atzmon:
‘Last week, Mikey invited me for a
drink with Gilad Atzmon. Mikey’s
thoughts on Gilad and his worldview follow, below.
‘Gilad was, I have to
say, utterly charming and a delightful drinking companion….
Is Gilad Atzmon a racist? Not in the
narrow sense of being preoccupied by genetic differences between people
certainly. He is rather, I think, a ‘cultural essentialist’: if such a term
doubt about Atzmon’s anti-Semitism.
am not a Jew anymore. 2. I indeed despise the Jew in me (whatever is
left). 3. I absolutely detest the Jew in you.’
|Arthur Topham – holocaust denier for whom Atzmon gave ‘expert’ evidence – KKK leader David Duke who wanted to give evidence was refused entry into Canada|
Last November Atzmon gave expert witness testimony
(!) on behalf of Arthur Topham, an anti-Semite and holocaust denier, to a
Canadian court. Despite this Topham was
convicted of racial hatred and is awaiting sentence.
anti-Semitic sayings. It can be found
at: A Guide to the Sayings of Gilad Atzmon, the anti-Semitic jazzman. According to Atzmon, I am a Zionist because he too, like the Zionists, argues that any Jew who is politically active as a Jew must be a Zionist.
opposition maneuver. For
Israel, BDS presented the ideal front on which to fight. Instead of battling
for a Palestinian Right Of Return, that is ethically solid and backed by UN
resolutions, the solidarity movement was reduced to an internal Jewish debate
over the “Right to BDS.”