I know this is rather old news at this point, but I just wanted to highlight it here. This may be one of the worst examples of intellectual dishonesty and cowardice I've ever seen:
For many years now, Gilad Atzmon, a musician born in Israel and currently living in the United Kingdom, has taken on the self-appointed task of defining for the Palestinian movement the nature of our struggle, and the philosophy underpinning it. He has done so through his various blogs and Internet outlets, in speeches, and in articles. He is currently on tour in the United States promoting his most recent book, entitled, ‘The Wandering Who.’
With this letter, we call for the disavowal of Atzmon by fellow Palestinian organizers, as well as Palestine solidarity activists, and allies of the Palestinian people, and note the dangers of supporting Atzmon’s political work and writings and providing any platforms for their dissemination. We do so as Palestinian organizers and activists, working across continents, campaigns, and ideological positions.
Atzmon’s politics rest on one main overriding assertion that serves as springboard for vicious attacks on anyone who disagrees with his obsession with “Jewishness”. He claims that all Jewish politics is “tribal,” and essentially, Zionist. Zionism, to Atzmon, is not a settler-colonial project, but a trans-historical “Jewish” one, part and parcel of defining one’s self as a Jew. Therefore, he claims, one cannot self-describe as a Jew and also do work in solidarity with Palestine, because to identify as a Jew is to be a Zionist. We could not disagree more. Indeed, we believe Atzmon’s argument is itself Zionist because it agrees with the ideology of Zionism and Israel that the only way to be a Jew is to be a Zionist.
Palestinians have faced two centuries of orientalist, colonialist and imperialist domination of our native lands. And so as Palestinians, we see such language as immoral and completely outside the core foundations of humanism, equality and justice, on which the struggle for Palestine and its national movement rests. As countless Palestinian activists and organizers, their parties, associations and campaigns, have attested throughout the last century, our struggle was never, and will never be, with Jews, or Judaism, no matter how much Zionism insists that our enemies are the Jews. Rather, our struggle is with Zionism, a modern European settler colonial movement, similar to movements in many other parts of the world that aim to displace indigenous people and build new European societies on their lands.
We reaffirm that there is no room in this historic and foundational analysis of our struggle for any attacks on our Jewish allies, Jews, or Judaism; nor denying the Holocaust; nor allying in any way shape or form with any conspiracy theories, far-right, orientalist, and racist arguments, associations and entities. Challenging Zionism, including the illegitimate power of institutions that support the oppression of Palestinians, and the illegitimate use of Jewish identities to protect and legitimize oppression, must never become an attack on Jewish identities, nor the demeaning and denial of Jewish histories in all their diversity.The Angry Arab, another intellectually dishonest coward in the same league as the people who wrote and endorsed the letter above, has also rejected Gilad Atzmon for daring to write about, openly discuss, and criticize Jewishness and Jewish identity politics.
What is with these people? How dishonest and cowardly are their actions and behaviors? How backwards is their thinking?
If we are ever going to seriously address the problems confronting not only the Palestinians, but all of humanity, we are going to have to openly and honestly discuss Jewish power, Jewish supremacism, and Jewish identity. I'll be the first to say that Gilad's failure to point out that Israel and Jewish criminals were the prime conspirators behind the events of 9/11 and all that has followed render him somewhat suspect in my mind, but he is certainly pushing the dialogue in the right direction and raising some very important points, especially considering his background. We cannot allow the criminals to control how we think and analyze them and their crime network. They have controlled the narrative for far too long. It's time to call a spade a spade and be truthful for a change.
Check out this interview Gilad did with Cynthia McKinney and see for yourself if he is some irrational "anti-Semitic" racist, as Ali Abunimah and the rest of these shills would have us believe. Does he not raise valid points that should be honestly discussed? Or is critical discussion or criticism directed towards Jews, Jewish identity, and Jewishness off limits? If so, why exactly?