Hot Off The Press: British Anti Witch-Hunt Group expelled half its supporters

January 04, 2018  /  Gilad Atzmon

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By Gilad Atzmon

When you think that British ‘Left’ has reached rock bottom you wake up to learn that this political comedy act has no limits.

We learned today that the ‘anti witch-hunt’ labour group LAW (Labour Against the Witch-hunt ) has expelled half of its members over ‘anti-Semitism.’

Times of Israel reports today that LAW has cut ties to Socialist Fight because of the views of its members. Socialist Fight is accused of being “supportive of controversial Israeli-born author Gilad Atzmon.”

Needless to mention that I am thrilled by all of that. I enjoy being supported by proper radical left groups; people who adhere to universal principles of equality and human brotherhood. Despite the fact that in my entire life, I have never been a member of any political body or party, I can clearly see that my writing is now making a change.

If you are wondering what it is that I am saying that pushes LAW leaders Jackie Walker and Tony Greenstein, two self identified (political) Jews, over the edge, to the point that they themselves have decided to act, in the open, as witch hunters, I will provide a brief answer.

I argue that if Israel defines itself as a Jewish State we must ask who are the Jews, what is Jewishness and what is Judaism. We should then proceed and  examine Israeli politics and Jewish lobbying in the light of the above questions. I basically argue that Zionism is just one symptom of Jewish choseness. I actually identify the exact same exceptionalist tendencies in Jewish Left and in particular in Walker and Greenstein’s political act. To add to my sins, I am also responsible for the popular adage “by now, we are all Palestinians.” Like the Palestinians we are not allowed to articulate the true nature of our oppression.

No one could articulate this observation better than Jackie Walker and Tony Greenstein. In the minutes of the LAW meeting, Walker and Greenstein apparently said “Making a connection between the number of Jewish billionaires in the US or who is Jewish amongst the richest sections of society and imperialist support for Israel is anti-Semitic.”

For Walker and Greenstein pointing at a concentration of mammon and political influence as the core of Zionist power is a ‘hate crime.’ For Walker and Greenstein a principled universal socialist position based on dialectical materialism is crude ‘antisemitism.’

I am delighted as well as amused to see myself, an immigrant saxophonist at the centre of this ridiculous political storm. But I may assure you that none of this is new to Brits. They have seen it all before, they know about the People’s Front of Judea.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WboggjN_G-4

If they want to burn it, you want to read it …

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Being in Time – A Post Political Manifesto, 

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Israeli Psychosis on Full Display

December 29, 2017  /  Gilad Atzmon

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By Gilad Atzmon

In his attack on BDS activist Justine Sachs, Ynet writer Asaf Wohl performs every tribal morbidity. Sachs is apparently a Jewish pro-Palestinian woman who helped convince New Zealand singer Lorde to cancel her performance in Israel.  Wohl accuses her of inciting ‘violence,’ ‘auto-anti-Semitsm,’ ‘siding with terrorists,’ effectively everything except child molesting.

Among my sins I am critical of some aspects of cultural BDS, but to interpret BDS as a violent act is rather over the top. If anything, BDS was designed to dilute Palestinian militant resistance. Furthermore, boycotting is a very Jewish practice, known as excommunication or herem in Hebrew. You would expect Wohl, an ardent Zionist, to be slightly more familiar with his own culture.

If you ever wonder what is the meaning of Judeo-centrism, Wohl provides the full scope. The Israeli settler really believes that he is the centre of this universe. “The difference between you and me, Justin, is that I’m an Israeli Jew and you’re a Jew. That’s it. You have no nationality. You live in a negligible, insignificant sheepfold stuck somewhere at the end of the universe (New Zealand).” For Wohl, Israel is the world’s capital and Israeliness is the ultimate embodiment of human as well as of Jewish existence.

Sachs is accused of “auto-anti-Semitism” which in Wohl’s words is a “drive towards human self-destruction.” And I wonder whether Wohl really thinks that Sachs persuading a singer not to perform in Tel Aviv points at self destructive or even suicidal inclinations?

Wohl writes that he feels “no need to take the side of a culture which hasn’t brought anything to the world apart from terror. The confidence I am given by the Israeli nationality allows me to pick the democratic, free side.” For Wohl, so it seems, Arabs and Muslims contributed nothing to the world but ‘terror’ yet Israel pretty much invented democracy and the Western ethos in general. Someone should remind this Israeli caricature that democracy is from Athens while state terror against the indigenous people of the land is actually Israel’s official policy.

Wohl seems to believe that the Jewish state is an exponent of Western values. Seemingly, Wohl doesn’t grasp that loving your neighbours is at the core of the Western civilisation’s ethos.

Look how Wohl refers to his Palestinian neighbours.

They are

“the side which hijacks planes, the side which hangs gay people on electric poles, the side which rips out girls’ throats in honor killings, the side which has failed to establish any state or society which isn’t totalitarian, chauvinist, primitive and/or murderous.”

Not a lot of Western compassion on Wohl’s part. And you may be left wondering: which side is Wohl on? The side of ardent Zionist Harvey Weinstein? Or maybe the side of people who plundered other people’s land and dropped white phosphorus on schools in Gaza?

Wohl clearly sides with the people who made that strip of land into the biggest open air prison known to man. It is easy to grasp why Justine Sachs and a few other Diaspora Jews side with the Palestinians and oppose Israel. It is far more depressing to admit that the  majority of them probably side with Wohl.

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Being in Time – A Post Political Manifesto,

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“Don’t Interfere With Our Ability To Look At The Past. Let Us Debate It Ethically.”

Gilad Atzmon on Richie Allen Show talking about `Germany, the past, the Holocaust and the Nakba. We also looked at the vision of the past in the work of David Irving, Timothy Snyder and David Cesarani.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=61GqNYqQn2o

Ludwig Watzal – Disinformation Agent

December 17, 2017  /  Gilad Atzmon

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By Gilad Atzmon

For the last few days, a few agents within our ranks together with the entire German Zionist media have waged a vile defamation campaign against me in a desperate attempt to portray me as an ‘anti-Semite’ and a ‘holocaust denier.’ The Die Welt and similar outlets made no attempt to substantiate their claims. The German news outlets didn’t even attempt to actually refer to my work. Two nights ago in Berlin, at the NRhZ humanitarian award ceremony, I delivered a public statement that addressed these insane accusations. My videoed statement is due to appear shortly. I intend to take all necessary measures to combat this fake news Blitz Krieg.

Since Ludwig Watzal, a supposed ‘Palestinian supporter,’ claims to have found the ‘evidence’ of my ‘anti-Semitism,’ let’s spend a few minutes digging into Watzal’s duplicity.

Here  is what is alleged to be a  ‘quote’  from my 2011 book, ”The Wandering Who?”: ‘If Iran and Israel Fought a Nuclear War some may be enough to argue that ‘Hitler might have been right after all’ (179 ).

My writing has been crudely doctored to portray me as a Hitler supporter. My actual words in the book convey exactly the opposite message:

“We, for instance, can envisage an horrific situation in which an Israeli so-called ‘pre-emptive’ nuclear attack on Iran escalates into a disastrous nuclear war, in which tens of millions of people perish. I guess that amongst the survivors of such a nightmare scenario, some may be bold enough to argue that ‘Hitler might have been right after all.’

The above is obviously a fictional scenario, and by no means a wishful one…” (179)

Let’s ask, Why did Watzal feel the need to subvert the clear meaning of my words? Who does he work for?

This is the next duplicitous  mis‘quote’ Watzal makes.

“Goyim’s blood was indeed empty or groundless (185).”

Fortunately, nothing  in The Wandering Who resembles these words or can possibly be given this interpretation. Here is what I wrote.

“I remember my high school class visit to Yad Vashem, the Israeli Holocaust Museum in Jerusalem located next to Deir Yassin, a Palestinian village that was wiped of its inhabitants in 1948. I was fourteen years old at the time. I asked the emotional tour guide if she could explain the fact that so many Europeans loathed the Jews so much and in so many places at once. I was thrown out of school for a week. It seems I didn’t learn the necessary lesson because when we studied the middle age blood libels, I again wondered out loud how the teacher could know that these accusations of Jews making Matza out of young Goyim’s blood were indeed empty or groundless. Once again I was sent home for a week.”

The writing obviously has a completely different meaning. In the Wandering Who? I protest against the dismissal of historical thinking that I (along with many others) believe is symptomatic of Jewish culture and ideology.

And the question again. If I were truly evil, why would Watzal need to resort to crude deception to show it?

Then Watzal exceeds his own low standards. The following isn’t remotely a quote. It just does not exist in my book. Watzal invented  a statement and provided an arbitrary citation apparently assuming that no one would check. “The history of Jewish persecution is a myth, and if there is any persecution the Jews have it on them (175, 182).”

When, and it is rare, Watzal cites my work correctly, it is only because he is too dim to understand that his attempt to defame me actually validates my point.  Watzal quotes:  The “Judaic God” described in Deuteronomy 6: 10-12 “is an evil deity, who leads his people to plunder, robbery and theft.”

This is clearly the case. I suggest that Watzal spend some euros and buy a copy of the Old Testament. This is what he will find in Deuteronomy 6:10-12:

“When the Lord your God brings you into the land he swore to your fathers, to Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, to give you—a land with large, flourishing cities you did not build,  houses filled with all kinds of good things you did not provide, wells you did not dig, and vineyards and olive groves you did not plant—then when you eat and are satisfied, 1be careful that you do not forget the Lord, who brought you out of Egypt, out of the land of slavery.”

“Atzmon,” Watzal writes,  “explains that “Israel and Zionism … have instituted the pledges promised by the Hebrew God in the Judaic holy scriptures” (121).

I suggest that Watzal read Deuteronomy 6:10-12 and rethink the meaning of Zionist plunder of Palestine within the context of the Biblical words.

Then Watzal quotes: “The moral of the Book of Esther is that Jews had better infiltrate the corridors of power if they wish to survive (158).”

This is in indeed how I interpret the Book of Esther. At the time, my thoughts were  original. However, as of now, my views of Esther and her book have been widely accepted. In fact, light Zionist Peter Beinart has repeated them almost verbatim. In Beinart’s recent article,  AIPAC Reflects Heroism Of Jewish Power — And Its Perils, Beinart wrote: “On Purim, Jews read the Book of Esther, which tells the story of a Jew who unexpectedly gains influence with a mighty king….That’s also the story of the American Israel Public Affairs Committee. American Jews are Esther. They have won influence with the most powerful government on earth. They could keep their heads down, focusing only on preserving their own safety and privilege…”

Of course, I am well aware of why Ludwig Watzal feels the need to lie about me. I also understand why The Die Welt did the same.  My reading of Jewish culture and politics suggests that our attitudes towards the Israeli Palestinian conflict and the Lobby have been completely wrong. Our ‘Palestinian solidarity’ movement  didn’t lead anywhere because it was set to lead us astray.

In my universe, truth will set you free. I guess that Watzal and I share little in our adherence to integrity. I am inspired by Athens, Watzal obviously belongs in Jerusalem.

 

Being in Time – A Post Political Manifesto, 

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Exploring the Truth on German Soil (Holocaust, History & Palestine)

 

December 18, 2017  /  Gilad Atzmon

Following is the talk I delivered in Babylon, Berlin on 14.12.2017. Together with Ken Jebsen, Evelyn Echt Galinski and the organisers (Marxist outlet NRhZ) I have been subject to an insane defamation campaign. Despite being banned by the venue’s owner Mr. T. Grossman, I delivered my message and as you could hear, the room was ecstatic. Mr Grossman, on the other hand,  was shamelessly booed off stage. Truth is clearly way more poplular than censorship.

English and German Texts are available here. 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-0YOJKGuNzQ&t=0m48s

German voice over:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cUzLVuEDH9A&t=0m50s

German voice over:

Antisemitism, the Holocaust and Palestine

December 16, 2017  /  Gilad Atzmon

UPDATE: I just added the video recording of my Berlin statement. You can hear for yourself how excited the audience are by the idea of openness, tolerance and their past being subject to revision. We are talking here about humanity and the human conditions. It goes beyond politics and ideological battles.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cUzLVuEDH9A&t=0m50s

A Statement  Delivered  By Gilad Atzmon at Babylon Theatre Berlin (14.12.2017)

In the last few days, in advance of the NRhZ’s humanitarian award ceremony, like Ken (FM) Jebsen and others, I have been subject to an insane defamation campaign. None of it was substantiated. It was comprised of fabricated quotes: I was called a ‘holocaust denier’ and a ‘holocaust relativist.’ Yet, not a single genuine reference was made to my writings or talks.  In my work I criticise reducing the holocaust into a crude religion, an intolerant dogma. In my writing I protest against all history laws (Nakba laws, Armenian Genocide laws, Holocaust laws etc.) History for me, is the attempt to narrate the past as we are moving along. As such, it must be sustained as a dynamic discourse, subject to constant change and revision, even if this change happens to be slightly uncomfortable. For me, history is an ethical message –Only when we revise the past may we be able to, once again,  rethink our future and destiny.

In recent days some of the German press referred to me as an ‘anti-semite.’ Am I? Have I  ever criticized anyone including Jews as a ‘people’, as a ‘race,’ as a ‘biology,’ or as an ‘ethnicity’? Never. My work is anti racist. I have dedicated my entire adult life to fighting racism through my music, my writing and my performances. I am opposed to all forms of biologically-oriented politics: White, Black, Gender as well as Jewish. I am searching instead for that which brings humans together. In my writing and talks I make a clear distinction between the Jews (the people) whom I never criticize, Judaism (the religion) which I rarely deal with and Jewishness (the ideology, politics and culture). In my work I focus on the last- – the ideology , the politics and the culture, assuming that we all agree these (ideology, politics and culture) must be open to criticism.

But if you want to talk about holocaust denial, I will tell you something about denial. To deny intellectuals, authors and artists the right to express their views in the open is where fascism starts. What I saw in Germany in the last few days suggests to me that some segments within your society really learned nothing from the history of your country. To deny the holocaust is to deny its meaning, to turn your eyes away when you see evil, to let your heart become cold when you yourself participate in evil or celebrate hatred.  To deny the holocaust is to fail to address your own  inability to tolerate others and otherness. It is beyond painful for me to witness Germany being led blindly into the same trap just seven decades after the liberation of Auschwitz.

But I would like to add one more line on Palestine. Some Germans claim to be tormented by their past, by the atrocities of the 3rd Reich. If this is indeed the case, let me please remind you of a simple but embarrassing fact – the Palestinians are the last victims of Hitler.

It was the extent of the Shoah that brought support to Zionism and led to the formation of the Jewish State in Palestine. But it is the innocent Palestinians who, for the last seven decades, have been paying the price for crimes committed by Europeans.

If you feel guilty about Hitler, stand for Palestine and the Palestinians!

If they want to burn it, you want to read it…

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Being in Time – A Post Political Manifesto, 

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Stellungnahme von Gilad Atzmon

In den letzten Tagen, im Vorfeld der Karls-Preisverleihung der NRhZ, wurden Ken Jebsen, Andere und ich selbst das Ziel einer aberwitzigen Verleumdungskampagne. Nichts davon wurde begründet. Es folgten erfundene Zitate – ich wurde als „Holocaustleugner“ und „Holocaustrelativierer“ bezeichnet. Und nicht eine einzige wahre Referenz zu meinen Schriften oder Reden wurde herangezogen.

 

In meinen Arbeiten kritisiere ich, dass der Holocaust auf eine plumpe Religion, ein intolerantes Dogma reduziert wird. In meinen Schriften protestiere ich gegen alle Gesetze, die Geschichte betreffen (Nakba-Gesetze, Gesetze über den armenischen Genozid, Holocaust-Gesetze usw.)

Geschichte ist für mich der Versuch, die Vergangenheit zu erzählen während wir voranschreiten. Geschichte muss als dynamischer Diskurs ausgehalten werden, der konstanter Veränderung und Neubetrachtung unterliegt, auch wenn solche Veränderung leichtes Unwohlsein hervorruft. Für mich ist Geschichte eine ethische Botschaft. Nur wenn wir die Geschichte prüfen, können wir unsere Zukunft, unser Schicksal neu überdenken.

 

In den vergangenen Tagen haben mich manche deutsche Presseorgane als „Antisemiten“ bezeichnet. Bin ich das?

 

Habe ich jemals irgendjemand, Juden eingeschlossen, kritisiert als „Volk“, als „Rasse“, als „Biologie“, als „Ethnizität“? Niemals!

 

Meine Arbeit ist antirassistisch. Durch meine Musik, meine Texte und Aufführungen habe ich mein ganzes erwachsenes Leben dem Kampf gegen Rassismus gewidmet. Ich bin gegen alle Formen der biologisch orientierten Politik: „Weiße Politik“, „Schwarze Politik“, geschlechterspezifische Politik, jüdische Politik. Ich suche stattdessen nach dem, was Menschen zusammen führt.

 

In meinen Schriften und Reden unterscheide ich klar zwischen den Juden (das Volk), welches ich nie kritisiere, dem Judaismus (die Religion), mit dem ich mich selten befasse, und dem „Jüdischsein“ (die Ideologie,  Politik und Kultur). In meiner Arbeit konzentriere ich mich auf das Letztere – die Ideologie, die Politik und die Kultur – und gehe davon aus, dass wir uns alle einig darin sind, dass diese kritisiert werden dürfen.

 

Wenn Sie von Holocaustleugnung sprechen wollen, teile ich Ihnen auch etwas über Leugnung/Verweigerung mit. Intellektuellen, Autoren und Künstlern das Recht abzusprechen, in der Öffentlichkeit ihre Meinung zu äußern, ist der Moment in dem Faschismus beginnt.

 

Was ich in Deutschland in den letzten Tagen beobachtete, führt bei mir zu dem Schluss, dass manche Teile Ihrer Gesellschaft wirklich nichts aus der deutschen Geschichte gelernt haben. Den Holocaust leugnen heißt, seine Bedeutung zu leugnen, die Augen abzuwenden, wenn man Böses sieht, das Herz erkalten zu lassen, wenn man sich an Bösem beteiligt oder den Hass zelebriert. Den Holocaust leugnen heißt, die eigene Unfähigkeit auszublenden, Andere und Anderssein zu tolerieren.

 

Es ist mehr als schmerzhaft für mich, Zeuge davon zu werden, wie Deutschland nur sieben Jahrzehnte nach der Befreiung von Auschwitz blind in dieselbe Falle tappt

 

Ich möchte noch einen Satz über Palästina hinzufügen: Manche Deutsche behaupten, dass sie von ihrer Vergangenheit, den Gräueltaten des 3. Reiches, gequält werden. Wenn dies wirklich der Fall ist, dann darf ich Sie an eine einfache, bedrückende Tatsache erinnern – die Palästinenser sind die letzten Opfer Hitlers.

 

Es war das Ausmaß der Shoah, das zur Unterstützung des Zionismus und so zur Gründung des jüdischen Staates in Palästina führte. Aber es sind die unschuldigen Palästinenser, die in den letzten 7 Jahrzehnten den Preis für die durch Europäer begangenen Verbrechen bezahlen.

Wenn Ihr Euch wegen Hitler schuldig fühlt, dann steht ein für Palästina und die Palästinenser!

 

Watch This: The Holocaust in the eyes of Israeli TV’s Satire, The Jews are Coming

 

This is a segment taken from the genius Israeli TV’s satire The Jews are Coming. As you can see, the Israelis are having a lot of fun with the holocaust. They are pretty creative and often humorous when it comes to Jewish history and suffering. But what about the rest of humanity, can others also apply some sarcasm to Jewish past?

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