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The Atzmon Affair

A group of renowned Palestinian activists have called for disavowal of one Gilad Atzmon, an Israeli ex-Jew now living in Britain. They include Ali Abunimah, Naseer Aruri, Omar Barghouti, Haidar Eid, and Joseph Massad. 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 It’s signed by over 20 Palestinians including Ali Abunimah, Omar Barghouti, Joseph Massad and Naseer Aruri

Read the full statement here.

Another statement signed by As’ad AbuKhalil and several score other non-Palestinian activists is located here.

Why criticize this man, a noted jazz musician, who fiercely condemns Zionism and Israel? Well, take a look at a selection of quotes from his latest book, “The Wandering Who” gathered by Stanley Heller Click here.

New 4/4/2012 Interview with Tony Greenstein, foremost opponent/documenter of Atzmon in the UK

The man enjoys flirting with all sorts of anti-Jewish themes and is the perfect useful idiot for Zionists who claim that the Palestinian rights and liberation movement is all based in hatred of Jews.

We are weak in money and power. Our treasury is only full of morality and truth. We have to be very careful not to squander any of it. We need to walk the straight and narrow and not give the haters the least bit of help.

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