A Response to Ali Abunimah & Co.
(gilad.co.uk) -- by Gilad Atzmon --
Ali Abunimah & Co tend to present themselves as advocates of “One Democratic State in Palestine.” This leaves me puzzled: what kind of democracy do they have in mind, exactly? For by calling for my “disavowal,” they prove beyond a doubt that they cannot tolerate even some elementary cultural criticism—criticism that is endorsed and praised by some of the most respected thinkers within our movement and beyond.
In fact, I am pretty delighted with the outraged reactions to my thoughts. I guess it enables us to map the discourse and its boundaries—and means that those boundaries are now official. Not only has my latest book, The Wandering Who?, rocked the boat, but it also has managed to unite Alan Dershowitz and Abe Foxman with Ali Abunimah and Max Blumenthal. That is pretty encouraging: it means that peace may prevail after all.
However, I also have some bad news for my would-be silencers, Palestinian and Jewish alike. I do not have any plans to slow down or drift away. I am a jazz musician and an independent thinker. I am basically a free agent—I say what I think and think what I say. The popularity of my writing among Palestinians, solidarity activists and truth seekers is the direct outcome of my sincere approach to the subject matter.
Whether my detractors accept it or not, the strength of my arguments is grounded on the transparent truthful nature of my premises. Until now, not one of my opponents has been able to point out a single discrepancy within my argument or the facts I cite. For instance, I contend that since Israel defines itself as the Jewish State—its tanks and planes decorated with Jewish symbols—it is our duty to ask: Who are the Jews? What is Judaism? And what is Jewishness all about?
The fact that some activists shy away from asking those questions doesn’t mean that the rest of us also should behave cowardly.
In case my detractors—be they Zionists, Anti-Zionist Zionists or Palestinians—fail to realize it, Palestine is not alone anymore, and is no longer an isolated, remote discourse. Even as I write, AIPAC is publicly and relentlessly pushing America into a new global conflict. In Britain, 80 percent of Tory MPs are members of the Conservative Friends of Israel. What we are witnessing here is a clear Zionist shift from the discourse of a “promised land” to one of a “promised planet.” I’m convinced that calling a spade a spade could actually save the world, including Americans, Brits, Iranians and Palestinians. But it also can save the Jews from the grave potential consequences inflicted on them by the Jewish lobbies...
I am indeed critical of Jewish identity politics, Jewish culture and Jewish ideology. I am also critical of the Jewish cultural attitude toward history. I am critical of Jewishness and any form of Jewish exclusive political activism. And yet, I wonder, why should any person who seeks justice and peace object to my approach? Is Jewish culture or identity politics beyond criticism? Are Jews chosen after all.
I am sorry to disappoint my Palestinian and Jewish opposition league, but it seems as if their terminology is faulty and misleading: Zionism is not colonialism, for colonialism is defined as a material exchange between a Mother State and a Settler State. The fact that there is no Jewish Mother State suggests that Zionism doesn’t fit the colonial model.
Nor is Israel an Apartheid State, for Apartheid is defined by the exploitation of the indigenous residents. Yet the Jewish State prefers that the Palestinians simply and completely disappear. In other words, we are dealing here with a unique racially driven expansionist philosophy not very different from the Nazis’ Lebensraum.
Israel is not Zionism, and vice versa. Israel is the outcome of the Zionist project. If Zionism is a promise to establish a “Jewish National Home in Palestine,” Israel is its post-revolutionary product. Indeed, Israelis are barely familiar with Zionist thought and ideology. From their perspective, anti-Zionist ranting is a remote Diaspora discourse...MORE...LINK
Atzmon: I am indeed critical of Jewish identity politics, Jewish culture and Jewish ideology. I am also critical of the Jewish cultural attitude toward history.
Chris Moore comments:
Atzmon speaks truth to fanciful mythology and superstition, and this is incredibly difficult for delusional Abrahamites, be they Islamists, Zionist Jews, Judeo-Christian Zionists, or even liberals in thrall to the cult of Diaspora Jewry, to face.
The world is 4.5 BILLION years old, not the roughly 6,000 year age of stubborn Jewish lore. In so many ways almost beyond words, this is a terrifying prospect for nearly everyone on the planet to confront, but especially for Abrahamites, who so easily revert to myths and delusional fantasies for comfort and yes, for sustenance, but perhaps foremost out of ethno-religious egomania.
But factions of leftists who are using the Palestinian cause have their own reasons for being sympathetic to Jewish supremacism and its mythos: many of them are Jews, and even many of the liberal non-Jews in this faction view the Jewish Diaspora as the "real chosen people" whom the continuing existence of the militant, "counterfeit Jew" Israelis is discrediting.
The truth is, Zionist Israeli Jews are the essence and natural outcome of the ethnocentric, religo-ideology known as Judaism, and Diaspora Jewry as some sort of holy crucible is self-serving, left-liberal and Holocaustianity myth.
The true essence of the ethnocentrism and supremacism inherent to Judaism has not only been revealed by the neo-fascist, Israeli Zionist Jews, but by the left-wing Jewish Bolsheviks -- who to date are even more murderous than the Israeli Zionist Jews.
I guess even "secularists" and "liberals" and Marxist and Trotskyite "scientific leftists" are too intellectually brainwashed, sheep-like and cowardly to face the terrifying fact that there are no "chosen people," but only collectives of peoples who cultivate their talents for good deeds, and those who cultivate their talents for self-serving, institutionalized supremacism not based on moral and ethical merit, but rather on a supposedly racially "chosen" status.
Abrahamite religion is simply one important components in why most people cultivate their talents one way are the other. Breaking with Abrahamite religion is another important component.
But with the cult of Jewry, left to right, clinging to Abrahamism seems to be the only component that matters.
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