Video: BDS leader Omar Barghouti making blatantly racist remark

May 7, 2012

(CIFWatch) Gilad Atzmon found this video of Omar Barghouti (who you probably know from his boycott work) putting his foot squarely in his mouth: The video is only a minute long but there is oh so much information packed into it. For example Barghouti declares that he won’t be lectured on violence by a “white person” why? Because “the white race is the most violent in history of mankind.” Isn’t that special.(MORE)…Ben White, another spokesman for the BDS movement, may have an answer to offer. In a recent New Statesman article he foolishly admitted that that BDS “is a strategy, not a principle.”

Cynthia McKinney Interviews Gilad Atzmon about Israel, Zionism, and Jewi…

March 19, 2012
on Cindy Sheehan’s show. If I have to explain why this is funny… then I’m not going to convince you of anything. Let’s put it this way… The Electronic Intifada has repudiated Atzmon… it’s that bad. I suppose I should clarify more when I present their views, but they are so far off the farm that I don’t deem it worthy. have a nice laugh. You do realize that we spent 2006 to 2008 taking Cindy Sheehan seriously as a cultural voice. If you wonder why things were so hateful, look who she associates with.

The Guardian, Khaled Diab and the Gilad Atzmon antisemitism test

January 19, 2012

The Israeli cultural is more then just one hacker. The Israeli culture is a culture of intelligence and the free exchange of information. Information can be bought, but it must be bought out of the incubating tech culture that it grew. A hacker who incubated in a Tech culture and then went rogue would be industrious to hide behind a third world regime so that the other hackers who share his knowledge can’t get to him. It is not however a sign that Saudi Arabia is a place that is fertile for thinking.

(CIF) Khaled Diab’s essay at CiF, “Hacking away at Arab and Israeli stereotypes“, is quite misleading. His objective isn’t to tear down stereotypes about Israelis, but to highlight and promote them.
Diab, commenting on recent reports of Saudi hackers who “scaled up their cyber offensive against Israel byparalysing the websitesof El Al airline and the Tel Aviv stock exchange”, quoted an Israeli journalist observing that such Arab tech prowess shattered the “feeling that Israel is a technological ‘superpower’ and a hi-tech nation”. And, later, Diab saw Israeli surprise at the adeptness of the hackers as evidence that Israelis “apparently do regard their nearest [Arab] neighbours as being backward.”
While Diab, later in the essay, acknowledges (albeit in a perfunctory manner) Arab stereotypes of Israelis (which he suggests has nothing whatsoever to do with antisemitism), it’s in the following passage where his polemical veneer of ’peace and reconciliation’ vanishes.
Commenting further on the Israeli reaction to the apparent Saudi hacking, Diab writes.

Some commentators went even further. “The Jewish state is pretty devastated by the idea that a bunch of ‘indigenous Arabs’ are far more technologically advanced than its own chosen cyber pirates,” Israeli jazz musician Gilad Atzmonobserved wryly on his blog.

The “Israeli jazz musician”, Gilad Atzmon, whose blog Diab evidently reads, is the author of a book, The Wandering Who?, which the Community Security Trust characterized as “probably the most antisemitic book published in this country in recent years.”
But, as I noted in a previous post, merely characterizing Atzmon as antisemitic doesn’t do him justice. Atzmon advances crude, hateful, and demonizing rhetoric about Jews which is on par with the most vile Judeophobic charges ever leveled.
In that one video I linked to earlier, Atzmon leveled charges against Jews he has similarly advanced on the blog which Diab refers to.
They include:

  • The explicit charge that Jews are indeed trying to take over the world, and an endorsement of the Protocols of the Elders of Zion.

Gilad Atzmon’s antisemitism, quite simply, is as odious as anything you can find on a white supremacist or neo-Nazi website.
So, here’s a friendly suggestion to Guardian Readers’ Editor Chris Elliott, on how (per his mea culpa in Nov.) he can “avert accusations of antisemitism“, at his paper:
Don’t publish essays which approvingly cite the wisdom of one of the most notorious antisemites of our day!

I’m not really interested in arguing any point beyond the hack/tech/cultural issue. The fact that there is one lone hacker in Saudi Arabia is not a sign that the culture is advanced. It isn’t like the Israelis can go and arrest a hacker working in Saudi Arabia… and it isn’t like as if the Saudis don’t have the money to pay for expertise.

The protocols of Gilad Atzmon

November 14, 2011

Bobby Fisher comes to mind. The problem with really smart people is that they begin to hate themselves… and eventually that self hate is projected on their own people, relatives, family… and anything that reminds them of where they come from. I’m not going to bother arguing any of his points. He’s obviously “Beyond the PALE”. I’d just like to say as a person who grew up in the arts… and around talented people… it was not easy. Smart people are like this. Noam Chomsky for example is a linguist… not an activist… a linguist… and a very good one. The problem is when people are very good at something then they think they can occupy an

other road. Think how much better the world would of been if Louis Farrakhan had kept up with his violin playing?

(ynet) Israeli musician living in London publishes book filled with troubling anti-Semitic statements. ‘Israel is worse than Nazi Germany’ and ‘The Holocaust narrative is historically illogical’ are only some of his beliefs 

LONDON – “We must take the accusations that Jews are trying to take over the world with utmost seriousness. Israel is the Nazi Germany of our time. In fact, Israel today is worse than Nazi Germany.”

These harsh statements are not the beliefs of a German neo-Nazi, but rather of an Israeli living in London. The speaker is Gilad Atzmon, an Israeli jazz musician performing around the world, whose new book “The Wandering Who?” deals with world Jews and the State of Israel, and includes some very disturbing sayings.

Atzmon, 48, was born in Jerusalem and has been living in Britain since 1994. He is considered a gifted musician who performs in Europe’s best jazz clubs, but also one of his homeland’s most serious critics in Britain.

He has published quite a few books and articles blasting Israel in the past, but this time it seems he has crossed all red lines.

‘Some will say Hitler was right after all’ (Photo: AP)

In his new book he states that he is “proud to be a self-hating Jew”, and says that his “insights” are based on the writings of Jewish Austrian philosopher Otto Weininger, who he describes as “an anti-Semite who loathed almost anything that wasn’t Aryan manhood.”

Atzmon says he is a strong opponent of “Jewishness” and clarifies, “I despise the Jew in me.”

“To be a Jew is a deep commitment that goes far beyond any legal or moral order,” he explains in the book, a commitment which he says draws an increasing number of Jews into a dangerous, unethical and vague partnership.

Eventually, he writes, a nuclear war will erupt between Iran and Israel, which will lead to the killing of tens of millions of people. “Some brave people will say that Hitler was right after all.”

His reference to Hitler is not accidental. Atzmon often compares the Holocaust to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. The Holocaust, he writes, is “an ancient religion as old as the Jews themselves”, and “even if it is accepted as the new Anglo-American liberal-democratic religion – people should be allowed to be atheists.”

The text also includes some of the most classic anti-Semitic accusations. Atzmon claims that American Jews are trying to control the world, blames them for the global financial crisis, and rules that high-ranking Jewish officials in the United States – like Rahm Emanuel and Paul Wolfowitz – “stayed abroad instead of moving to ‘Zion’ in order to serve the Zionist interest in the best way possible.”

He even accuses American media of failing to “warn the American public of the danger from within.”

Moreover, Atzmon even addresses the classic blood libel, claiming that children should be allowed to ask their school teachers “how do they know that the accusations that Jews used the blood of gentile children to back matzot are indeed empty or groundless accusations.”

Jesus hated Jews too

Asked why he hates Jews, Atzmon stresses that he is in good company. “The Jews who ultimately contributed to humanity are those who hated themselves,” he says in an interview. “Jesus was a Jew who hated Jews, and so did Spinoza and Marx.”

Albert Einstein did not hate his Jewish identity.

“Einstein didn’t contribute to humanity. He contributed to physics and was the person who started the Manhattan Project which led to the atomic bomb. When you talk about humanity, you talk about a universal system of values promoting love for one another – Einstein didn’t contribute anything to that.”

You define himself as a ‘Jew hater’. Do you think your identity allows you to be Impartial?

“Of course. As a Jew who hates Judaism, I put myself under a magnifying glass and examine every Jewish aspect in me. I don’t see any problem with it, and everything I say is subject to the readers’ review. By the way, the book has already sold 6,000 copies on the first month of its publication, which is a significant achievement.”

Are Jews responsible for the global financial crisis?

“When I diagnose the lobby which led to the global financial crash, I can’t ignore these two people, Paul Wolfowitz and Alan Greenspan. In 1994, Wolfowitz wrote that Israel is an important strategic asset, and he was also the architect of the Gulf War – I have no doubt he’s a Zionist.”

You have also voiced harsh claims against the Holocaust narrative accepted by the Western world today.

“I find this narrative unacceptable. History should be subject to criticism as part of a dynamic process of understanding. Holocaust museums perpetuate Jewish suffering, preventing Jews from reaching such an understanding.”

The Holocaust issue is subject to an ongoing research process.

“This process institutionalizes the Jewish suffering and doesn’t impress me. I heard about Holocaust deniers who were forced to sit in jail just because they wouldn’t fall for the Holocaust narrative as described by the Zionists. Holocaust denial laws are the worst – they prevent Jews from understanding their own history.

“Take the death marches issue, for example. It’s clear to everyone that at the beginning of the war the Nazis wanted to clear the Reich of Jews. If that’s the case, why did the lead the Jews at the end of the war into the Reich in what people refer to as ‘the death marches’? If the Nazis wanted to destroy the Jews, the last thing they should have done was lead them to Germany.”

‘Einstein didn’t contribute to humanity’ (Photo: Getty Images)

Jews were an essential labor force.

“Jews were no longer a labor force. They were too weak and therefore died in the marches. Jews say the Nazis wanted to conceal evidence, but that’s an idiotic response because the Nazis left Jews behind in the camps.”

Okay, so you tell me why the marches took place.

“According to one interesting answer, the Jews preferred to stay with the Germans than fall into the hands of the Russians. There was a typhus outbreak and the assumption was that if the Jews were taken to Germany, the Americans and Britons could deal with the disease.

“So the death marches were actually humane. This is a very consistent ruling.”

So the marches were a demonstration of humanity. You also claimed that Israel is worse than Nazi Germany. Do explain.

“Both Nazi Germany and Israel are driven by ethnocentrism. They are both racist countries with a tendency to expand. Israel and the Nazi movement are similar in many categories. But since Israel is a democratic country, each of its citizens is responsible for its crimes, while in Nazi Germany only the Führer and his party members were responsible for the war crimes.

“Moreover, the Zionist movement was born before the Nazi movement. The Nazis disappeared, but the Zionists remain – and today they are even stronger than America.”

Something very Jewish

Atzmon’s statements are not troubling just because of their content, but mainly because of their surprising approval. Researchers from leading US universities, including Richard Falk of Princeton and John J. Mearsheimer of the University of Chicago, have adopted the book and saluted Atzmon for his “courage”.

James Petras, Bartle Professor of Sociology Emeritus at Binghamton University, praised the text, calling it “a series of brilliant illuminations”.

Mearsheimer, who is also a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, concluded that Atzmon “has written a fascinating and provocative book on Jewish identity in the modern world”, which he said should be read by both Jews and non-Jews.

This troubling popularity is also expressed in the fact that the book can be purchased on Amazon, a website with a clear policy of not selling books promoting open racist opinions or any type of anti-Semitism. In case you were wondering, you won’t be able to buy “Mein Kampf” there.

All this is naturally joined by Holocaust deniers and anti-Israel protestors, who have been praising the book and quoting from it. The fact that the text was written by an Israeli makes many of them accept it as legitimate and address it as a scientific document.

Atzmon, by the way, says he has a loyal audience in Israel too. “Quite a few people in Israel agree with what I’m saying, he states.

“Yoram Kaniuk asked to remove the Judaism classification from his identity card, and I’ve heard that hundreds of Israelis are following suit. It’s a simple conclusion: Many have decided to become like me, to ask questions and wander, at least spiritually.

“My mother agrees with my ideas, and my father said recently that for the first time he understood where I was coming from. I had tears in my eyes.”

“I read the book even before it was put to print and I think it’s wonderful,” confirms the mother, Ariella Atzmon. “It’s a very important book, which was a best-seller and analyzes our existence in a very intelligent way.

“It’s not at all anti-Semitic. Gilad has a problem with Jews, he talks about three categories of Jews, but you have to read everything to understand – rather than bring quotations and take them out of context.

“It’s time for people to start thinking about the situation we are living in and about our past in a realistic manner, instead of living by myths. I am very proud of my son.”

Israeli singer Yardena Arazi, who worked with Atzmon in the past as a musician, producer and player, is not so proud.

‘Arguing with him is pointless.’ Yardena Arazi (Photo: Daniel Hakim)

“He is extremely talented, really gifted, but I’m not surprised by his statements,” she says. “He is a provocative and witty person, with a lot of humor, and when he first started talking like this – I thought he was joking.

“After he went to London I visited him there once with my daughter Alona, but over time he became even more radical, and it eventually ended between us when we slammed the phone in each other’s face.

“I took a step back from him. He wrote very painful things, and I don’t agree with any of his statements of course, but arguing with him is pointless. He is entrenched in very radical opinions, and there is no way of communicating with him on this level.

“He is an argumentative person and an outsider, and there is something very Jewish about him, even though he denies his Jewishness. I once told him that one day he would become a believer and a great rabbi, but I guess I was very wrong.”

The Tragedy of John Mearsheimer

September 29, 2011

(American Power) Gilad Atzmon, whose book Mearsheimer blurbed, is a despicable and ugly Hitler apologist and Holocaust denier. What’s also particularly disturbing is that Professor Stephen Walt joined the debate to explicitly defend Mearsheimer against the allegations of anti-Semitism.
Related: The title at Goldberg’s entry is not subtle: “John Mearsheimer Endorses a Hitler Apologist and Holocaust Revisionist.” David Bernstein, at Volokh, “A Challenge to John Mearsheimer“, Bernstein links to Pejman Yousefzadeh, and here’s another from Pejman that’s vital: “John Mearsheimer Further Beclowns Self. Film at Eleven.”, And here’s this from David Rothkopf, “Mearsheimer picks a winner: Finally, a revealing book jacket blurb“, Rothkopf’s reference is the the post by Mearsheimer at Stephen Walt’s blog at Foreign Policy, “Mearsheimer responds to Goldberg’s latest smear.”, this Harry’s Place entry is probably the most precise examination of Gilad Atzmon’s anti-Semitism: “Mearsheimer and Walt defend antisemite who thinks Hitler will be proved right.”