Professor John Mearsheimer is subject to a Zionist-trans-Atlantic-attack for supporting my latest book The Wandering Who.
Earlier this year John Mearsheimer, the highly respected international relations theorist and Professor of Political Science at the University of Chicago, wrote the following preliminary front matter for my book:
'Gilad Atzmon has written a fascinating and provocative book on Jewish identity in the modern world. He shows how assimilation and liberalism are making it increasingly difficult for Jews in the Diaspora to maintain a powerful sense of their 'Jewishness.' Panicked Jewish leaders, he argues, have turned to Zionism (blind loyalty to Israel) and scaremongering (the threat of another Holocaust) to keep the tribe united and distinct from the surrounding goyim. As Atzmon's own case demonstrates, this strategy is not working and is causing many Jews great anguish. The Wandering Who? should be widely read by Jews and non-Jews alike.'
It seems as if the Zio-cons on both sides of the pond are now in a state of panic -- In an obviously orchestrated attack, the Zionist mouthpiece The Jewish Chronicle of London, the Islamophobic Award winning 'Harry's Place' and the ex-Israeli concentration camp guard Jeffrey Goldberg* , all launched a typical Hasbara smear & intimidation campaign, in which they labeled both Professor Mearsheimer and myself anti Semites. I was also called a 'Hitler apologist,' a 'Holocaust denier' and a 'hatemonger'.
To be honest, it is somewhat amusing that an ex concentration camp guard like Goldberg should label me a 'Hitler apologist' or a 'Holocaust denier': after all, since Goldberg is an ardent pro-war Zionist who openly and enthusiastically supports a Jews-only, racist, expansionist state...
Gilad Atzmon: I was recently interviewed by Eric Walberg for the prestigious Al Ahram Weekly. Walberg is an inspiring thinker. I learned a lot from him along this interview.
The Wandering Who? A study of Jewish identity politics, gives a unique insider's view of the Israeli mind. Its author explains to Eric Walberg that you can take the girl out of Jezebel, but you can't take the Jezebel out of the girl
Gilad Atzmon is a world citizen who calls London his home. He was born a sabra, and served as a paramedic in the Israeli Defense Forces during the 1982 Lebanon War, when he realised that "I was part of a colonial state, the result of plundering and ethnic cleansing." He has wandered far since then, become a novelist, philosopher, one of the world's best jazz saxophonists, and at the same time, one of the staunchest supporters of the Palestinian cause, supporting their right of return and the one-state solution. He now defines himself as a "proud self-hating Jew" and "a Hebrew-speaking Palestinian". In 2009 Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan quoted Atzmon during a debate with Israeli president Shimon Peres, telling him at the World Economic Forum that "Israeli barbarity is far beyond even ordinary cruelty."
Atzmon denies that there is even such a concept as "anti-Semitism", stating that "'anti-Semite" is an empty signifier. "You are either a racist which I am not, or have an ideological disagreement with Zionism, which I have." When railed against as an anti-Semite, Gilad quotes the witticism: "While in the past an 'anti-Semite' was someone who hates Jews, nowadays it is the other way around, an anti-Semite is someone the Jews hate."
One of his Orient House Ensemble's nine albums, appropriately called "Exile", with its arresting blend of Middle Eastern and Western themes, was BBC jazz album of the year in 2003. His fascination with Arab music was a natural development out of his embrace of the Palestinian cause. Arab music "must be internalised, reverting to the primacy of the ear".