The Left is from Jerusalem


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By Gilad Atzmon

We learned yesterday that Roger Hallam, co-founder of Extinction Rebellion (“XR”) apologised after his comments about the Holocaust sparked outrage.

I was curious to find out what it was that Hallam said that led to such indignation. German Green politician Volker Beck accused Mr Hallam on Twitter of “bringing the climate movement into disrepute.” German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas said the Nazi genocide was “uniquely inhumane” (can the German foreign minister provide a list of what he considers to have been  ‘humane’ genocides?). Ullstein, Hallam’s German publisher announced it had stopped publication of Hallam’s book on climate change and that it was disassociating itself from his comments.

Judging by the  scale of the histrionics I assumed that Hallam had broken every rule. He must have praised Hitler or perhaps justified or even denied the Holocaust all together.  Apparently, he said nothing at all like that. In an interview with Die Zeit, Hallam stated that the Holocaust was  “just another fuckery in human history.”  The “fact of the matter,” he said, “is, millions of people have been killed in vicious circumstances on a regular basis throughout history.”  He concluded by observing that genocides have occurred repeatedly over the past 500 years and “in fact, you might say it is like a regular event”.

At least on its face, his statements were factually correct, Hallam didn’t deny or diminish anyone’s suffering.  Quite the opposite, he expressed a universal disgust with all forms of oppression and hatred.

What was Hallam’s crime? Apparently, that he spoke both authentically and ethically, and ignored the fact that this form of discourse is extinct within contemporary ‘Left’  and progressive circles.

XR’s Annemarie Botzki tweeted: “We distance ourselves from Roger Hallam’s trivialising and relativising comments about the Holocaust.”  Hallam is being accused of ‘trivializing’ and ‘relativizing’ the holocaust simply by noting the clear and undeniable fact that history has witnessed more than one systematic destruction of one people by another.

The study of history benefits from a  comparative approach. Our scholarly understanding of the past expands when we can see, for instance, the equivalence between the ethnic cleansing in Kosovo and the 1948 Palestinian Nakba. Our understanding of Zionism grows when we delve into the parallels between the national socialist aspirations of the early Labour Zionists and  those of German National Socialism that surfaced later. Yet, within the domain of the Holocaust religion such a scholarly comparative approach is regarded as the ultimate heresy. To examine the Holodomor, the Boer War, Stalin’s crimes, Neocon global atrocities, or Israeli War Crimes alongside the Holocaust is perceived by some as the ultimate profanity as it ‘relativises’ that which ‘must’ extend beyond history and reason, namely ‘The Holocaust.’

For Jewish institutions, Holocaust:  ‘Relativisation,’ ‘Trivialization’ and ‘Universalization’ are the ‘ultimate crimes’ as they tend to prevent the crystallization of the Holocaust as a unique chapter in human history. The attempt is made by these institutions to prevent  the application of language that is ‘specific to the holocaust’ to events that are unrelated to it or to Jewish suffering in general.

We are stumbling upon two core elements at the heart of the Holocaust religion.  One is, of course, the primacy of Jewish suffering. The other is the Orwellian attempt to dominate language, terminology, vocabulary and expressions by restricting the usage of certain words so the words themselves serve Jewish identitarian causes.

The great Israeli thinker Yeshayahu Leibowitz noticed as early as the 1970s that the Holocaust was morphing from an event in history into a dogmatic religion. It was he who coined the notion “Holocaust religion.” Leibowitz perceived that, although Jews believe in many different things, Judaism, Bolshevism, Human Rights, Zionism and Anti Zionism: all Jews believe in the Holocaust.  A decade later in 1987, Israeli philosopher Adi Ophir expanded on this shift in Jewish consciousness and identification. In his paper On Sanctifying the Holocaust: An Anti-Theological Treatise, Ophir admitted that “a religious consciousness built around the Holocaust may become the central aspect of a new religion.”

Ophir listed the four commandments of the new religion:

 1. “Thou shalt have no other holocaust.” 

2. “Thou shalt not make unto thee any graven image or likeness.”

3. “Thou shalt not take the name in vain.” 

4. “Remember the day of the Holocaust to keep it holy, in memory of the destruction of the Jews of Europe.” 

Ophir’s commandments illuminate these two Judeo Centric core elements of the Holocaust religion. The primacy of Jewish Suffering (1, 2 and 4) and strict lingual restrictions (1,2 &3).

Orwell’s insights into left authoritarianism that made 1984 into a prophetic masterpiece together with Ophir’s thoughts  provide us with the intellectual framework to understand both the Jewish and the Left’s attitude toward the Holocaust. The Left that, at least in the past, attempted to unite us in the name of a universal ethos is now at the forefront of the battle against each of its own core values: the ethical, the universal (equality) and, most important, freedom.

Noticeably, not a single Left politician or thinker stood up for Hallam and his expression of a genuine humanist and universalist outlook. This is tragic but not surprising. It can easily be explained by the concepts of ‘Athens’ and ‘Jerusalem.’  If Athens is the birthplace of philosophy and Jerusalem is the home for Torah and Mitzvoth, then Athens teaches us how to think while Jerusalem produces a set of directives as, for example,  what ‘not to say.’ The Left’s call that was born of an Athenian instinct that was both dialectical and universal has generally been reduced into a Jerusalemite set of ‘commandments’ that are totally removed from truthfulness, authenticity or human nature.

It is this Jerusalemite authoritarian mode that is quintessential to contemporary Left politics and explains why Corbyn’s Labour has expelled its best members for truthful speech. Why is it that Corbyn himself never stood for Ken Livingstone and others who were telling the truth? This systematic failure of Left politics may explain why the promised revolution never materialized.   It also explains why Hallam was stabbed in the back by his allies for telling the truth.

Truth is from Athens but the Left is from Jerusalem.

One Response

  1. To here:

    Ma reply:

    “SIEG”-mar “gabriel”, as we can haha call him, “SIEG HEIL” haha, has furthered militarism “pro-US-government” unstyle – and now calls the holocaust “more” gruesome THAN whatever other simply truly gruesome – extreme, extremely violent – unrightful, plain agressive – often also by cops, also by nazis of pro-hitler type often done, and by any childabuser done – deed —

    while the good “XR” “Hallam” Dude, got unrightfully discriminated – BY nazis pretending to of “course” “not” be nazis, LOL —

    Hallam said the truth, said, one thing leads to the other. Mr. Hallam is a good: Anti-imperialist who sees the: origins, causes, reasons, of things. and not merely their mere surface and symptoms –

    which is “not quite”, LOL, what western stringpuller nazis and foremostly neither capitalists, nor fanatic narrowminded “religious” stringpullers, “of course” would want: Ethics. 🙂

    … this is “my” reply. As in, I downloaded some years ago few – quite some not THAT unmany – docus bout tha darn hawlo-holocausto. I got struck. totally driven down.

    but I treated this thango ba ma own.

    I didn’t TAWK with OTHERS bout it.

    Others get their stuff from elsewhere – bad, that is. They WATCH “TV” – THAT is bad. !

    They don’t think BY themselves. As in, water tunnels make the water FLOW INTO the tubes. So thusly not onto land. Ah.

    Wha am I da only vunn sinking ba maself?

    dunno. I TELL ME! :]

    That be ma comment. So. Mankind is yet in a condition, where it does not compute: It is mostly not enabled, to think by itself, but held up in SO many cases of also western People, maybe causally even surely foremostly due to some of course western capitalist stringpullers and other fanatics of the religious type, – held up. Held up AGAINST Science. simply.

    I got a critical Mind. The World is safe, under ma Concept. It’s called Evolution, to see da mere Truth. What led to what. To not repeat mistakes. To be one against abuse, against slavery. Period. To not sub-put Humanity under money. But to ENFORCE no work enforcement. Which LETS Freedom to work selfwilledly, also as Employee. But which does not ENFORCE Labor. And to install a 5000 US Dollars minimal Basic Income to all People of financially poor Type, without them working nor having to ever “work” socalledly. PERIOD. Which Basic Income then rises truly somewhat hugely. But not even neededly astronomically.

    … With Hutchison Tek, we can go over lightspeed. Simple, with emagnetic amplification. OF the mere charge. THAT much electricity then causes a singularity, an actual timeportal wormhole. which “jumps” over lightspeed. As in pulls on dark energy, the Hutch Tek 1960s Machines Configuration – stolen unrightfully in undue fear and in simple abusive type of theft, by the NSA in the year 2000 from Hutchison’s Apartment. Simply.

    Hydro and renewable Energy must come. Period. The Rainforest-Deforestation MUST end, or WE ALL ARE DEAD. plain DEAD.

    The air-pollution infected even these Rhinos, even two Animals already, one Rhino AND a Tiger, with CANCER. That CAN even only BE the air-pollution – BY co2, simply. Which co2 IS cancerous from some level on, simply, obviously. It’s like when Oneself would in the Pan overcook something to pitchblack condition: DO NOT eat that then, but that’s CANCER-evoking. simply. Anyhow if eaten too much.

    The simple problem of orthodox (30 percent among jews) and of the still too large midclass of, among Jews is, that they “are not cool” sort of “people” at all: But driven into exactestly MIS-understanding THEIR OWN identity – yet also, what it means, to nowadays consciously live: They are not Leftists, but are conservativists, who would sadly mostly favor “Israel” instead of palestinian Rights:

    There is that eternally wrongly “preparative” isolative pretense sudo-argumentation, which pro-Israel Persons ALWAYS bring up: That “it’s the arabs who attacked first” – plain wrong. !

    ISRAEL per its government, did apparently a socalled “Nakba”, which is perhaps a term for a genocide – against Palestinians.

    Yet, the lie of merely some years ago by some surely conservative AND religious (!) type of – thusly silly – jews was, that “the Arabs took to the weapons in Israel in 1948” —

    whereas that wasn’t so.

    But the “israel government” consisted from the start of actual rogues, of simply awkward miserable figures, figures like ben gurion, who to me at least seems like a squarehead anti-Addams-Family “holiday camp” boyscout leader organiser. Same case the later golda meir: It came out, she left all decisions of military up to her secret service dudes — and thusly, she left Israel to become a fascist, militarist, as in, plain DUMB state. simply.

    … when I listen to Rivka Zohar and to Arik Einstein, that signals Trotzki to me. And what Jesus REALLY was, namely JUST not religious. But ethical. And not interested in whatever “flag” nor “political” cause. He merely meant that “politics” of not accepting nor bowing down to evil. He was more cunning, that until before the 1980s assumed. The Movie “The Last Temptation of Christ” IS amazing, and EVEN underdoes it: There were HUGER Masses, for Jesus, than EVEN in that Movie depicted! The MASS for Jesus WAS huge – but HUGER AFTER his gruesome and unneeded Death.

    Sadly, “jews” were mostly miseducated, to “condemn” Jesus: This led to what “we got” – to the past and present. PERIOD. NOBODY can even TRY to contradict that. JESUS, ASSANGE, TROTZKI, JFK, MLK, and a 22 years young Singer likewise MURDERED on stage – and a SEVEN years young too young Girl since months in SWITZER-EXTREMO-PEDOFILE-KESB-AUTHORITIES-LAND, which gets “forced” by swine “kesb” authority individuals, to visit since months her PEDOFILE swine “father” —

    in another – swiss – city, A BOXER gets tortured in a prison. illegally.

    sadly I have to tell da swiss government, that child abuse is illegal. period.

    to false morals, I don’t even listen. Already thusly, I do not respect THE authorities AT ALL. in NO country. PERIOD.

    = * =

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