Gilad Atzmon: I occasionally read the London JC: it provides a glimpse into Zionist paranoia, and it also depicts a true image of the 'Nuevo Ghetto' mentality.
Today, a week ahead of the publication of my new book The Wandering Who, the JC seems to be desperate to mount pressure on Professor John Mearsheimer, the highly respected academic who warmly endorsed my book.
It is apparent that the JC is yet to realise the length of the list of prominent scholars, writers and activists who support and endorse my new book.
In the article below, the JC prints a collection of quotes from the book that are supposed to be both embarrassing and contentious (I made them bold). Needless to mention, I am standing firmly behind all of my quotes, and each of my words
However, being the amateurish outlet that it is, the JC has made at least two mistakes:
1. I am not an 'anti-Semite'. I am actually a firm opponent of any form of racism whatsoever -- and this includes questioning and challenging every possible appearance of Jewish political and ideological exclusivity and collectivism in the same manner that I would criticise any other manifestation or form of ethnic prejudice.
2. The book is not published by "The Susjin Agency" as the JC suggests but by Zero Books.The JC article:
Mearsheimer backs book by antisemite By Jessica Elgot
Mr Atzmon, a jazz musician and vociferous critic of Israel and Judaism, has written a book called The Wandering Who? published by The Susjin Agency.
The book was recommended on the publisher's website by University of Chicago professor, John Mearsheimer, an international relations expert and co-author, with Stephen Walt, of The Israel Lobby and US Foreign Policy.
In his book, Mr Atzmon writes: "The Holocaust religion is probably as old as the Jews themselves. I believe the Holocaust is engraved in Jewish culture, discourse and spirit."
Elsewhere, he writes: "I think 65 years after the liberation of Auschwitz, we must be entitled to start asking questions."
UK PSC is now approved by the notorious UK hard core Zionist Jewish Chronicle (JC).
The JC reported today that the UK Palestine Solidarity Campaign (PSC) has "amended its statement of purpose expressly to include a denunciation of Holocaust denial."
The JC was very happy to report that the statement on the PSC's website now reads: "Any expression of racism or intolerance, or attempts to deny or minimise the Holocaust have no place in our movement."
I must admit that I am puzzled by the PSC's new statement. I still do not know what holocaust denial entails. Can anyone deny a historical chapter? Can any one deny Napoleon Wars? Are there WWI deniers around, or Ancient Greece Deniers? I don't think so. The word 'denial' doesn't belong to the historical discourse. It actually fits into religious and dogmatic narratives.
However, this is certainly the first time I have come across the notion of 'Holocaust minimizing'. I really can't imagine what it is. I can think of people who minimize the 'impact' or 'significance' of an event in the past, but to my knowledge, holocaust minimizing' doesn't make any sense in English.