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The Kosher Trinity and Jewish Quantum
By Gilad Atzmon
Al-Jazeerah, CCUN, April 21, 2014
Anti-Semitism: Myth or Reality?
A Talk Given By Gilad Atzmon @ The Albion Beatnik Book Shop, Oxford, UK,
on April 15, 2014
Good evening book lovers and wisdom seekers.
As some of you have realised the title of this debate morphed slightly since
I initiated it. The discussion was first titled ‘Anti-Semitism,
A Myth or A Threat.’ We are now supposed to engage in a dialogue on ‘Racism,
a Myth or a Threat.’
Ladies and gentleman:
This shift in the title is, actually, more significant than it first
appears. It is actually a manifestation of our confusion and fear of looking
at Jewish identity, politics, culture and ideology.
There is no
doubt amongst scholars that Jews, as a group, derive from multiple ethnic
origins and are far from a homogenous race. There is no racial continuum
between a Polish Jew and a Yemenite one. But it is also obvious that Jewish
political culture, whether Zionist or ‘anti’ is ethno-centric and, to a
large extent, racially driven. Just like Israel, the Jews-only State,
Israel’s Jewish opponents too often prefer to operate within Jews-only
organisations such as ‘Jewish Voices For Peace,’ ‘ Jews for Justice,‘ etc’.
In short, whether they are Zionist or ‘anti,’ Jews somehow prefer to operate
in ethnically segregated racially oriented political cells.
conclusion is obvious -though Jews are not a race, Jewish identity politics
is racist to the core.
We can now rephrase the title of the debate
slightly and ask whether Jewish racism is a myth or a threat. Let me tell
you straight away, this won’t lead into an interesting discussion. Jewish
racism is evident and it is certainly a threat.
ethnically cleansed Palestinians can confirm that this is the case. Their
brothers and sisters that stayed behind, against all odds, can tell
you about Israeli ethno- centrism and racially discriminatory laws. Even
here, in the UK, my Palestinian friend, the poet, Naiad Izzat, was expelled
from a Palestinian solidarity group by so- called good Jewish socialists
just for saying what she thinks about Jewish culture and politics. So here
is another embarrassing conclusion. Jewish racism is easily visible as
a threat but for some reason we cannot address it in the open.
guess that by now we are ready to tackle the initial topic of this debate.
Anti-Semitism, is it a myth or a threat?
Let us first make sure that
we understand the terminology involved.
At a certain stage,
largely at the end of the 19th century and the beginning of the
20th century, some elements within European intelligencia were fascinated by
Darwinism and its political applications. It was then that opposition to
Jewry adopted a racist rationale. Some political thinkers and movements were
clearly opposed to Jews just for being Jews. Such opposition could be
recognized as an essentialist tendency that is racially driven and is often
tagged as anti-Semitism. However, I believe that this rationale had been
defeated by the end of WWII.
As a leading commentator on Jewish
identity, I am closely familiar with pretty much every critical text related
to Jewish politics. I can confirm that I have never come across
contemporary opposition to Jewry that is blood or biologically related. I
can’t point to any body of work or political call to oppose Jews for being
Jews. But I have seen many texts that criticise Jewish racism, culture and
You will have to ask yourself, maybe for the first time,
is cultural criticism wrong? Is political criticism a crime? Should a
certain kind of politics be free from criticism? Elaborating on these
questions may lead us to a better understanding of the notion of Jewish
power. Jewish power isn’t solely the manifestation of the dominance of
certain Jews within our political, cultural and financial landscape. Jewish
power is primarily the capacity to stop us from discussing the true meaning
of such Jewish dominance.
We tend to believe that politics of
any kind must be subject to thorough criticism. We don’t stop ourselves from
criticising the BNP or David Cameron. We do not seem to hesitate before we
criticize the Muslim Brotherhood, but try to comment on Ed or David
Miliband’s support of Israel and the Zionist project. Alternatively make an
attempt to question what is the meaning of the Jewishness of the Jewish
State. You will quickly face a wall of resistance, and may end up subject to
a smear campaign by the so-called progressive Jews. The truth is that
Jewish power, i.e. the aggressive attempt to conceal the real meaning of
Jewishness, is actually maintained by the Jewish Left.
Trinity and the Jewish Quantum Mechanics
We will now try to grasp
the mechanism by which this suppression of political criticism has taken
Due to emancipation, secularization and the rise of
nationalism, European Jewry went through a radical transformation during the
19th century. By 1897, we saw the formation of two Jewish nationalist
movements. One was Zionism – a promise to ‘civilize’ the diaspora Jew by
means of resettlement in Zion (Palestine). The other was the Bund – a
‘socialist Jews only movement’ that demanded the rights of a nation for the
Yiddish people in Eastern Europe.
Israeli historian Shlomo Sand
argues that these two movements contributed towards the invention of
the ‘Jewish Nation.’ It was the invention of the Jewish nation that brought
about a new kosher trinity – as opposed to theo-centric rabbinical Judaism,-
modern Jewish secular identity is related to Race (a biological bond),
Nationalism (a common narrative) and Religion (a fantasy of common
beginnings and heritage referred to as Yiddishkeit ).
Trinity is coherent and consistent, yet a sinister amalgam. Let’s, for
instance, examine the Zionist call: as a race ‘the Jews are victims,’ as a
Nation ‘they deserve a place under the sun’ and for their religion ‘this
place must be Zion.’
Although many Jews operate politically, and in
most cases aggressively as Jews, they somehow defy any criticism of
themselves in the name of racism and religious intolerance.
criticize Israeli policy, the Zionist Jew will denounce you as a racist.
When you disapprove of the racist and supremacist tendency entangled with
Judaism and the Talmud, the progressive Jew will accuse you of religious
intolerance. But when you expect the cosmopolitan Jew to uphold his alleged
universal commitment to humanity and to remove himself from his Jews- only
progressive cell and join humanity for real, you are immediately blamed for
being intolerant culturally, religiously and even a racist.
see here in practice is a new form of Jewish Quantum mechanics. The
political Jew is everywhere and nowhere at once. The political Jew is a
dynamic and coherent and yet, somehow blurred. You can never comprehend what
it is or where to find it exactly, but you can be sure that it is somewhere
within an imaginary tri-polar magnetic field that is formed by Jewish
racism, aggressive nationalism and vague and versatile Jewish religious
adherence. The Jewish political subject is bouncing endlessly between these
three magnetic forces. It is never standing still, it is never found on once
place -it moves, morphs and adapts
May I admit that so-called
anti Semites may skip the above physical metaphors and instead refers to the
Jew as a chameleon. Interestingly enough, Woody Allen’s Zelig may as well be
a cinematic attempt to deal with this Jewish morphic condition.
Now, let’s face it. At least theoretically speaking there is nothing wrong
with being racially oriented, we do not campaign against Blacks who
celebrate their blackness. Nationalism can be an uplifting feeling and
religious rituals can purify the spirit. But, unfortunately, none of these
positive potential characteristics can be ascribed to Jewish ID politics.
Tragically, modern Jewish politics is always celebrated at the expense of
someone else. The Zionists plundered Palestine, the Neocon suffocates Arab
land with uranium depleted shells in the name of morals, the good
cosmopolitan Jew rushed to Spain to kill Catholics and burn their churches
in the name of the ‘proletariat’. As I speak to you tonight the Jewish
lobby here in Britain, America and France is pushing for war against Syria
I came here today to address the question of whether
anti-Semitism is a myth or a thereat. My answer is simple. The opposition to
Jewish power is neither a myth nor it is a threat. It is actually a primary
humanist and a moral duty.
The Jewish State and its dedicated
lobbies are threats to world peace. To oppose Jewish power and to understand
its operational mode is an ethical imperative. And it can also save the
Jews are pretty gifted in bringing disasters upon themselves.
Jewish history is a spectacular chain of horrid holocausts. And if there is
something Jews fail to do, it is to look in the mirror and admit some
faults. Instead of taking responsibility for their past and future,
Jewish culture and politics can be understood as a successful attempt to
blame others. It is somehow always the ‘anti Semitic Goy’ who is at fault.
Peculiarly enough early Zionism was a rare Jewish attempt to look in
the mirror. A few Jewish intellectuals such as Herzl, Nordau and Jabotinsky
looked in the mirror and were devastated enough to admit that
something was indeed problematic in the Jewish social condition. They
diagnosed a Jewish cultural malaise but their remedy proved to be a complete
Whether Jews can look in the mirror and self-reflect is an
open question. However, criticism of Jewish power and culture is an ethical
must, it is a necessity. We owe it to ourselves, to our kids and to future
generations. I guess that it would be also right to suggest that those who
are tagged as anti-Semitic nowadays, are simply brutally honest people,
often enough, of Jewish origin.
The Wandering Who? A Study Of Jewish Identity politics and Jewish Power
in particular - available on Amazon.com & Amazon.co.uk