Gilad Atzmon: what you see is what you get

November 15th, 2011 by CST

Gilad Atzmon is an ex-Israeli jazz musician whose new book, The Wandering Who? is quite probably the most antisemitic book published in this country in recent years.

As a result of this book, Atzmon spoke last week at Exeter University, at a meeting organised by the Friends of Palestine society (FOP). Next week, he is due to speak at the ‘Raise Your Banners‘ festival in Bradford.

The Exeter University meeting was – according to an advert on Atzmon’s website – co-organised by the Palestine Solidarity Campaign; presumably the local branch, as the national PSC have condemned Atzmon, although at the end of his talk Atzmon thanked PSC as well as FOP. The Bradford festival is part-funded by the Arts Council and the Co-operative Membership, and will take place at the Kala Sangam Centre – itself supported by the Arts Council and Bradford District Council.

Those organisations who host Atzmon, and the bodies who support them financially, should be aware that their platforms and support will be used by Atzmon to make the kind of grossly offensive and anti-Jewish statements usually only heard at neo-Nazi meetings. They need to consider whether this is an appropriate use of their facilities and funding, and whether they want to be associated with his views. This post will give examples of what he is likely to say in any public talk that he gives.

  • Criticism of “Jewishness”, not just Zionism or Israel

It is a mistake to think that Atzmon’s work is a critique of Israel of Zionism. He makes it very clear that his critique is of what he calls “Jewishness”. For example, in this interview with Argusoog Radio, a fringe online radio show in Holland:

Jewishness means supremacy and chauvinism and chosenness, and when it comes to Jewishness I am not a Jew because I am not a follower of Judaism…I deal mainly with Jewishness. What is Jewishness? Jewishness is different forms of tribally or racially oriented supremacy.”

This theme of “Jewish Supremacy” is a constant in Atzmon’s writing. In another article, he claims that “every single Jewish political discourse” is  “either already supremacist or on the verge of becoming supremacist.”

The idea of “Jewish supremacism” is most commonly associated with American neo-Nazi and former Klan leader David Duke, who wrote a book of that name. Unsurprisingly, Duke has expressed his admiration for Atzmon’s writings.

Atzmon also insists that any critique of Zionism or Israel only deals with the symptoms of a deeper problem, which is “Jewishness”. For example, in the Q&A session after his talk at Exeter University, he said (audio here):

Israel must be, if you want to be politically correct, must be de-zionised, first, it must be de-zionised, but if you want to tell the truth it must be de-jewdified.

  • Praising “self-hatred” of Jews

The phrase ‘self-hating Jew’ is an insult usually used as a pejorative description of Jewish anti-Zionists. Atzmon actually embraces this description for himself. On p.73 of The Wandering Who? (and also here) Atzmon describes himself as “a proud self-hating Jew.” He has written elsewhere (in the comments here):

It is not a coincidence that the great Jews who contributed to humanity and humanism (Jesus, Spinoza, Marx, Simone Weill and others) were self-haters.

He repeated this idea in an interview with the Israeli news website Ynet (using Atzmon’s preferred translation):

Asked why he is a self-hater, Atzmon stresses that he is in good company. “The Jews who ultimately contributed to humanity are those who hated themselves,” he says in an interview. “Jesus was a self hater, and so were Spinoza and Marx.”

In other words, Jews who do not hate themselves – Jews who have a positive Jewish identity – do not contribute to humanity. Indeed, according to Atzmon positive Jewish identity is a form of racist supremacism that endangers the world.

  • In the future, people may think Hitler was right

Atzmon argues, in his book and in his talks, that events in the Middle East may follow a hypothetical future path that leads people to conclude that Hitler may have been right about the Jews. For example, on p.179 of The Wandering Who? Atzmon discusses the possibility of nuclear war between Israel and Iran, and then writes:

I guess that amongst the survivors of such a nightmare scenario, some may be bold enough to argue that ‘Hitler might have been right after all.’

He repeated this idea in this talk to students at Exeter University. Free speech is an important commodity at a university, but, in the balance between that and safeguarding the well-being of its students, it should not extend to the idea that Hitler may have been right about Jews.

  • Support for Holocaust Deniers

Atzmon has previously distributed Holocaust Denial material written by others. In his interview with Argusoog Radio, Atzmon said:

If you look for instance at the Jewish academics looking into the notion of the Holocaust, the history of the Holocaust, the research is really lacking. I think that the Holocaust must be looked again and again and again and again and as it happens, actually the only people who are doing it are actually Revisionists.”

Atzmon also flirts with Holocaust Denial himself. For example, in his interview with Ynet, Atzmon said:

the [Nazi] death marches were actually humane.

  • Crude racist humour

Atzmon used the Holocaust-mocking title “Swindler’s List” for chapter 15 of The Wandering Who? He uses crude jokes about Jews in his public talks too. For example (via Harry’s Place), just last month at a talk in Norway, Atzmon told this joke:

“Nobody speaks about throwing the Jews to the sea.




“No no. No. And it’s not fair on the sea as well. I never thought of that one”


Atzmon claims that he is not antisemitic, because  he does not base his views on race or ethnicity and he exempts certain types of Jews from his criticisms. But as the above examples show, any talk he gives is likely to include many components of contemporary antisemitism: the idea that Jewish identity is racist; that collective Jewish behaviour is a negative force in society; that Holocaust Deniers are ethical people doing valuable work; that the future may show the Holocaust in a different light; and that Jewish sensitivities about antisemitism should be mocked. Because of this, he has been condemned as antisemitic by Jewish and non-Jewish anti-Zionists as well as mainstream Jewish organisations. This is not simply a case of harsh disagreements over Israeli policy.

If somebody else made similar comments about Muslim identity, or black British identity, they would be generally condemned as Islamophobic or racist. We see no reason why Gilad Atzmon should be treated any differently. It is entirely plausible that audience members, after hearing his ideas, will develop hostile attitudes towards the Jewish Society in their Student Union, or their local Jewish school, or active members of Jewish communities up and down the country. Anybody considering giving Gilad Atzmon a platform to spread these views, needs to ask themselves whether they want to help facilitate the spread of anti-Jewish hostility in this country.

When George schmoozed Gilad

January 6th, 2015 by Dave Rich

This Saturday saw George Galloway MP and his wife Gayatri interview Israeli saxophonist Gilad Atzmon on their Russia Today TV show, ‘Sputnik’. The significance of Galloway hosting Atzmon, a man whose views regarding Israel, Zionism and Jewish identity are so extreme that he is shunned by most of the anti-Israel movement in this country, should not be underestimated.

Atzmon Galloway

Atzmon has previously argued that “American Jewry makes any debate on whether the ‘Protocols of the elder of Zion’ are an authentic document or rather a forgery irrelevant. American Jews do try to control the world, by proxy.” More recently, he has written that “Jewishness means supremacy and chauvinism and chosenness” and thatthe Holocaust narrative, in its current form, doesn’t make any historical sense“. The Socialist Workers Party and the Palestine Solidarity Campaign both refuse to work with Atzmon as they consider his views to be antisemitic.

Galloway, though, appears to have moved in the opposite direction. He has previously been at pains to distinguish between Zionism and Jewishness. A decade ago he told American conspiracy talk show host Alex Jones, “Well, this is the thing about Zionism. It has nothing to do with Jewishness. Some of the biggest Zionists in the world are not Jews. Anybody who thinks George Bush likes Jews has never been to his golf club.” He has also previously rejected conspiracy theories about Jewish or Zionist lobbies controlling American foreign policy. Therefore his endorsement of Atzmon suggests an important and worrying development in Galloway’s public attitude towards Jewishness.

The full interview is a little over 13 minutes long and can be watched here or below. Galloway, incongruously wearing the blazer of a Royal Navy Lieutenant, praised, agreed and laughed with Atzmon throughout. He seems to be charmed by Atzmon, despite previously insisting that “I don’t debate with Israelis”. He began by complimenting Atzmon as “politically fascinating” and artistically “a genius”, noting that he plays on the new Pink Floyd album The Endless River. Galloway then says he was “enthralled” by Atzmon’s book The Wandering Who? (described by CST as “probably the most antisemitic book published in this country in recent years.”) In a discomforting image, Galloway explains that he read a chapter of Atzmon’s book to his new wife every night after they were married, so that “we went to bed thinking of you“.

It is not clear which parts of this book left Galloway “enthralled“. Perhaps it was the chapter title “Swindler’s List“, clearly a cheap joke at the expense of Holocaust victims; or the claim that “The Holocaust religion is probably as old as the Jews themselves“; or the suggestion that in the future, “some may be bold enough to argue that ‘Hitler might have been right after all.’

To accept or endorse Atzmon’s writings is to endorse a wholesale, full-frontal assault on Jewish identity. This is the line that Galloway appears to cross in this interview. Atzmon is very clear that his target is not Zionism. He tells Galloway:

I really think that we are, we have been misled for quite a long time in our understanding of Zionism, Israel, the work of the lobby and so on and so on and so on. For quite a while I argued that if Israel defines itself as a Jewish state and decorates its airplanes and tanks with Jewish symbols, the first thing that we have to do is to try to understand what is Jewishness? What are the relationships between Judaism, Jewishness, the Jew, what are the relationships between these three and Zionism, these are fundamentals. Now for quite a while, because of the domination of a lot of good Jews, let’s say, within the Left, we were prevented from going there, we were only allowed to talk about Zionism, or colonialism…. We are using a lot of terminology that is very misleading. I realised a long time ago that it is the Jewish identity politics that drive the Jewish state.

Atzmon is not scared to point out the practical consequences of demonising Jewishness and Jewish identity in this way. He calls for the British Police and intelligence agencies to “step up their surveillance and espionage” within Jewish communities.

Galloway concurs with almost everything Atzmon says during their interview. Even when Atzmon mentions “the predominance of Jews within the Bolshevik Revolution” (on Russia Today, of all places!) Galloway, the man who described the collapse of the Soviet Union as “the biggest catastrophe of my life“,  does not demur.

The only moment of disagreement is when Galloway describes Atzmon as Jewish. Atzmon immediately looks uncomfortable: “I’m not a Jew any more”, he protests. Galloway insists, saying “I’m not sure you can resign it”. Galloway does seem to have a ‘blood and soil’ notion of nationhood. Later in the interview, when explaining that the man who was recently convicted of assaulting him in a London street plans to live in Israel after serving his prison sentence, Galloway says “he has no genetic connection to the land of Palestine at all” (his assailant had converted to Judaism prior to the assault).

The interview ends with Galloway promising that “we are going to have to continue this another time because we’ve run over.” This means, sadly, that they did not have time to discuss Atzmon’s recently-declared admiration for American neo-Nazi David Duke. But then if Atzmon is considered a suitable guest for Galloway to schmooze, perhaps David Duke will make an appearance himself in a future episode.

Beware the Ides of March: Malaysian Airlines, the Ukrainian Revolution, BBC, Washington

April 1st, 2014 by Mark Gardner

The last week of March 2014 was a busy one for conspiracy theories about Jews and Zionists, with the Illuminati thrown in for good measure. It may be April Fools day and these people may be fools, but none of this is particularly amusing. Here is a quick round up:

The Malaysian Airliner Rothschild Conspiracy

The Australian website of International Business Times and the Spanish website of Russia Today were two (apparently) non-lunatic media outlets that reported the claim that Jacob Rothschild was somehow involved with the tragic disappearance of Malaysian Airlines flight MH370.

The International Business Times (29 March) headline explains it:

Disappearance of Boeing 777 Made Illuminati Member Jacob Rothschild Sole Owner of Major Semiconductor Patent

The Russia Today (22 March) site joined the Jewish money dots:

The Rothschilds are a dynasty of financiers and international bankers of German-Jewish origin. The family is from the nineteenth century one of the most influential families of bankers and financiers of Europe.”

The Ukrainian neo-Nazi Antisemites and Zionists Conspiracy

George Galloway, on Iranian broadcaster Press TV (published 28 March) asked a viewer if Zionists are supporting antisemitic Ukrainian neo-Nazis in order to get Ukrainian Jews to flee to Israel. (Here on youtube from 35secs):

…Is this one of the reasons why the Zionists sent gunmen to the Maidan [Independence Square] in Kiev, to help a revolution…the cutting edge of which, and the heavy-lifting of which, was being done by actually outright Nazi antisemites?

…The bizarre alliance in the Maidan is part of the thinking of this. Well if these Nazis come to power in Kiev, and they hate Jews so much, the remaining Ukrainian Jews will feel that they have to go and settle in Palestine.

This is an anti-Zionist conspiracy theory in claimed opposition to antisemitism. “The Zionists” sent the gunmen, helping the revolting Ukrainian Nazis to succeed. “The Zionists” are encouraging antisemitism against Ukrainian Jews.

Galloway described the collapse of the Soviet Union as “the biggest catastrophe of my life”, so he must be sorely pained that the USSR is no longer able to best Israel as a shelter for Jews fleeing antisemitism; and given the usual antisemitic filth carried on Press TV, perhaps we should thank him for this kind-of-original supposedly philosemitic interruption. (Only the setting is new. The ‘Zionists encourage antisemitism’ narrative is an old calumny.)

The BBC-Siemens Zionist Conspiracy

Moving from the global to the local, CST received undated cuttings from the newspaper Westminster News, telling readers that Zionists run the BBC. This is of course old hat, but the claim had a new twist. Apparently, it is all done via the technology company Siemens (which is German wouldn’t you know):

…not one word can be broadcast by the BBC unless it goes through the German Siemens company’s network systems. The Zionists who own Siemens control the BBC’s output, and have done for at least 10 years.

This article was written by David Noakes, who stood for the leadership of UKIP in 2006. See him here on youtube smugly explaining (at 4.48):

…At the top of the pyramid of power there are the Illuminati, incredibly rich families and at the top of those there are incredibly rich banking families

Westminster News also told its readers that 80% of Conservative MPs are members of Conservative Friends of Israel and “with the honourable exception of a recent Channel Four ‘Dispatches’ documentary”:

This fact is relentlessly hidden from the people of Britain by our bought and paid for Zionist and television companies…

This article was by its editor David Hetherington. According to the publisher’s website (Sketch News), Westminster News is distributed to “affluent AB1s” in Belgravia, Knightsbridge etc and seeks advertisers targeting this elite market. How this squares with its anti-Zionism (and anti-Illuminatism) is not explained.

The Jewish Lobby runs America Conspiracy

Less original than all of the above, but certainly more important and very widely believed.

On this occasion, spouted by former Israeli Gilad Atzmon and run by Iran’s Press TV (22 March), but not on the George Galloway show. In the context of two senators saying that American aid to Israel will “not wane” post-2017:

The message is very simple. This is just another proof that American life, American foreign policy, and definitely American budget is dominated by the Jewish lobby that serves primarily Jewish interests,” Atzmon said.

Interestingly, the Press TV headline did not refer to Atzmon’s “Jewish lobby”. Instead, it went for the “Israel lobby” option:

The Israel lobby in the United States is dominating the country’s foreign policy and finances, a political commentator says.

Did Press TV even realise that they made the switch? Was it an unconscious accident, or deliberate political correctness? Either way, it shows how all of these conspiracies can end up on the same page: literally and metaphorically.

We must massacre Jews…and prevent them sowing corruption”, impose dhimmi humiliation upon them

Finally, In a Western setting, there is a tendency to relate such conspiracy tales, be they antisemitic or anti-Zionist, back to the notorious Protocols of the Elders of Zion, or (at the root of it all) the claim that Jews killed Jesus. Hamas (with its Muslim Brotherhood links) has a different tradition however, harshly expressed on its Al Aqsa TV channel. (This came earlier in March, on the 6th):

…begin by quoting what Allah said about them: “The worst of beasts in the sight of Allah are those who disbelieve. They are the ones with whom you made a covenant, but they break their covenant every time.”

…What is the solution to this gang of people? The Al-Anfal chapter of the Koran provides us with the answer…”They are the ones with whom you made a covenant, but they break their covenant every time,” Allah added: “If you gain mastery over them in a war, use them to disperse those who follow them that they may remember.” This indicates that we must massacre them, in order to break them down and prevent them from sowing corruption in the world.

They are the ones who still spark the flame of war, but Allah has taken it upon Himself to extinguish it. …We must restore them to the state of humiliation imposed upon them…dhimmi citizens. This status must be imposed upon them by war. They must pay the jizya security tax while they live in our midst…

However, in Palestine, where they are occupiers and invaders, they cannot have the status of dhimmis.



A busy week

January 24th, 2014 by Mark Gardner

Nicolas Anelka’s ‘quenelle’ and the Football Association’s disciplinary process still hog the airwaves and remain hard to escape from. Nevertheless, elsewhere it has been a busy week for antisemitism and related matters. A summary:

There is the imminent visit to London of Gabor Vona, leader of the neo-fascist Hungarian Jobbik Party. The Anelka coverage has masked the seriousness of this, but the Telegraph combined both matters as unwanted foreign imports. The Independent took a similar line on Jobbik’s dangerous presence in the UK. Also, Jewish community leaders in Hungary are threatening to boycott some of the country’s official events to mark 70 years since the near-destruction of Hungarian Jewry in the Holocaust.

Like the first cuckoos in Spring, as Holocaust Memorial Day (HMD) approaches on 27th January, so the usual abuses of the Holocaust and Jewish memory come out of the woodwork. To nobody’s surprise, Liberal-Democrat MP David Ward again used HMD as a prop for pro-Palestinian activity; and pro-Iranian IHRC group has expanded its Genocide Memorial Day into Europe, claiming it is “more inclusive” than Holocaust memorial. At Edinburgh University, the HMD event adverts by Unite Against Fascism (UAF) and the Islamic Society mention racism and “Islamophobia“: but not antisemitism. (On HMD last year see Ward here and IHRC here.)

An inquest into the tragic antisemitic murder of a Jewish man, Michael Kahan, in Manchester in June 2008, found that his fatal stabbing by a paranoid schizophrenic could not have been predicted or prevented. Michael Kahan, a violinist, was on his way to buy bagels when he was fatally stabbed by Jonathan Mills: who later told police that he “needed to kill a Jewish person“.

Following complaints, the respected Economist magazine removed a cartoon from its website that had implied Jewish control of President Obama. The cartoon showed a ball and chain around the President’s ankle, holding him back from a nuclear deal with the Iranian President (who was being held back by fundamentalists). The ball was the seal of Congress, replete with Stars of David. There was nothing new in the cartoon that has not been seen and said many, many times before now: but the Jewish control element was perhaps marginally less offensive than the usual puppet master-like motifs.

Every MP appeared to receive a copy of an antisemitic email called “JEWISH BANKERS OF THE US FEDERAL RESERVE (SINCE 1913) STRANGLE THE WORLD”.

Footage appeared of a George Galloway MP interview on Russia Today. He claims the blue stripes on the Israeli flag signify the Nile and Euphrates rivers. Actually, the stripes recall the design of a tallit prayer shawl: whereas the rivers claim has a less positive association for those who know about such things.

A Conservative Party report on its MP, Aidan Burley, found that he had “acted in an unacceptable and offensive way” but “is not a bad man. still less a racist or antisemite“. The report concerned Burley purchasing an SS uniform when best man at a Nazi-themed stag-do in France in 2011. Stuart Polak of Conservative Friends of Israel also insisted that Burley had been foolish but “is not antisemitic in any way“.

A Labour Party spokesman said its MP, Grahame Morris had posted a “poorly worded” tweet, but had always “campaigned against discrimination“. This followed complaints about his tweet of English Defence League protestors flying an Israeli flag. Morris had tweeted, “Nazis in my village do you see the flag they fly“.

Police arrested three Tottenham Hotspur fans for their use of the word “yid“. The case is sub-judice, so actual details are unknown.

Now, some of the more obscure Anelka impacts. For Gilad Atzmon, Zoopla’s sponsorship withdrawal proves its all about “Jewish money” and “Jewish paymasters“. For the IHRC (also see above), Anelka’s Muslim religion is what its all about: proof of double-standards against Islam. Then, a startling example of antisemitism denial at the well known Counterpunch website. Their defence of Anelka’s chum Dieudonne is destroyed by an Israel-hating French Trotskyist.

Finally, let us stay in France for the bitter-sweet news that a French Jew, Raphael Levy, has been exonerated on charges of having killed a toddler in order to use the blood for religious rituals. Putting complaints about the FA’s disciplinary time scale into a somewhat broader context, it has taken 344 years for the village of Glatigny to recant. Raphael Levy was burnt at the stake for his supposed crime.

Will we still be discussing Anelka and Dieudonne in 344 years time? It may feel like it right now, but surely not.

Shabbat shalom to all of our readers…and hoping for a quieter week ahead.



BBC, quenelle & Berlin Holocaust Memorial

January 8th, 2014 by Mark Gardner

This is Alain Soral, a former French Front National member, doing a “quenelle” at the Holocaust Memorial in Berlin.


Soral was interviewed on BBC’s Newsnight by Jeremy Paxman as part of a feature on French antisemite, Dieudonne. (See it here. The Dieudonne feature is from 38min 00sec to 45min 58sec. The Soral interview begins at 42min 40sec.)

No mention was made of the above photo. It did actually appear in the Newsnight feature (at 41min 45sec), about 3 minutes before Soral’s interview: but in a collection of quenelle photos that showed it being used in an antisemitic manner. Apparently, nobody realised that Soral was the same man as in the photo.

So, Soral got away with telling Jeremy Paxman that the quenelle is

a gesture against the system, against the powers that be

Crucially, this is not to call Soral a liar. He did the quenelle at the Berlin Holocaust Memorial. By his own definition, this is an anti-system act, it is “against the powers that be“. It is far more shocking and revelatory to take his words at face value. They tell us that Soral equates the Holocaust and Jewish suffering with those who run the system. And, he is not alone: this is why Dieudonne attacks the Holocaust and Jewish suffering. It is why, here in Britain, Gilad Atzmon is salivating over Dieudonne. (See here.)

If Paxman had seen the Soral photo, then his audience would have learnt some essential truths about contemporary antisemitism, its links with opposing “the powers that be“, and the role of Holocaust diminishment (sometimes even denial) within this seductive cocktail.

Instead, Soral was allowed to continue. Next, he blamed CRIF, the representative body of the French Jewish community, for having “decreed” the quenelle as antisemitic, as now decided by the French Government. Having prepared the ingredients, Soral’s antisemitic cake could now be eaten. Rhetorically, he asked Paxman:

is there a deep link between the system of domination that Mr Dieudonne is fighting against and the organised Jewish community?

There is more, but the damage is done. The “system of domination” is now linked with “the organised Jewish community” and Dieudonne is its courageous oponent.

Simultaneously, this entire episode shows the banality, the continuity and the seductive faux intellectualism of contemporary antisemitism. It believes a mock sieg heil at a Holocaust memorial to be a very clever, brave and even amusing “anti-system” act. Is there a more fitting image for contemporary antisemitism?

The Truth Will Set You Free – Jazz Redux

December 12th, 2013 by Mark Gardner

The Truth Will Set You Free” is an old, very well worn refrain. Originally from the Gospel of John, it was popular in the 1990s within neo-Nazi Holocaust denial circles.

Now, Truth has its latest Orwellian meaning. Who really perpetrated 9/11? Who really runs the world? Why is there war, ecological disaster, poverty and all the rest of it? What is the deeper, hidden Truth?

Former TV presenter turned reptilianista David Icke is probably the best known such New Ager. His book And The Truth Shall Set You Free provides mood music. (There is dispute as to whether or not a publisher dropped him because an early draft allegdly included Holocaust revisionism. Whatever, Icke’s previous book featured The Protocols of Zion.) 

Now, jazz musician and ex-Israeli, Gilad Atzmon, has a Truth gig – as shown in a previous CST Blog on the bizarre “Seek Speak Spread Truth” conference. It was organised by Tahra Ahmed, whose facebook shows her stating:

the number of Jews who died during WWII is greatly exaggerated

It is an important development. Those needing conspiracies to explain life can be like putty in the hands of a man like Atzmon, who is as entertaining as he is antisemitic. Atzmon’s antisemitism has seen him expelled from mainstream and far left anti-Zionist cricles: bolstering his credentials here. 

Atzmon begins with an old joke, I’m not an antisemite because I hate everyone equally. He deals with Jewish complainants by saying (00min.40secs):

I’m not antisemitic, I’m just anti-Jewish

This is Atzmon’s motif, but it is rotten because “antisemitism” has always been a fancy way of saying “anti-Jewish“. Indeed, “Antisemitismus” was a German 19th Century attempt to intellectualise “Judenhass“: Jew-hatred.

Early on, Atzmon plays his anti-Jewish motif by accusing atheist Jews in the International Brigades of the Spanish Civil War of burning “thousands of churches“, but never synagogues (07min.30sec):

Atheist Jews…they hate the rabbis, they hate the synagogues, but they always end up burning churches. They never burn synagogues.

The anti-Jewish motif is amplified by his blaming contemporary anti-Zionist Jews for preventing plain talk about Israel’s Jewishness. Atzmon blames them for words like “Zionism”, or “colonialist”, or “apartheid” (when it should be Nazi), claiming (45min.19sec):

…even the Palestinians are so Judefied that they themselves cannot contemplate freely about their situation.

He is adamant (09min.20sec) that “Zionist” must never be swapped for “Jew“, claiming he has been urged (e.g. by Ali Abunimah of Electronic Intifada, 09min.55sec) to perform this conceit. He even claims to have been offered a bribe to “stop talking about the ‘J'” (Jew) and instead talk about “Zionist“. He rejected it because (40min.50sec):

I really like talking about the J

This comes afer he mocks “queers” (35min.25sec).

Having said (15min.20sec) “[I am] an opponent of Jewish power” and (48min.20sec) “we are dealing with Jewish power“, Atzmon denies (56min.20sec) saying that “the Jews run the world“. Similarly, (1hr.02min.08sec), “I never speak about Jews, I speak about Jewishness“.

Next comes a (surely accidental) echo of the philosopher Brian Klug’s notion about antisemites believing in the imaginary Jew – as distinct from what Jews really are. For Klug: “The [antisemite’s] Jew belongs to a sinister people set apart from all others, not merely by its customs but by a collective character“.

Compare Klug’s imaginary Jews and their character, with what “Jewishness” and “the Jews” really are for Atzmon: “…the character. No…The Jews are the people who give a bad name to the Jew” (1hr.02min.05sec):

I actually don’t like to talk about Jews. I never speak about Jews. I speak about Jewishness. I speak about the ideology…I also realise that the Jew, the Jew, what is the Jew? The Jew is actually, this is a joke yes…[Atzmon fakes a drum roll]…the Jew is the character. No, sorry, the Jews, who are the Jews? The Jews are the people who give a bad name to the Jew. Heh, heh, heh, think about it.

One audience member (57min.18sec) asks Atzmon why he has been “narrowing it down to one part of the world…it should be about the whole world“. Atzmon heartily agrees (58min.48sec), mentioning “Jewish concealment“, Paul Eisen (My life as a Holocaust denier) and the Holocaust. The questioner witters away about “Holocaustus” offerings to horned Greek gods (later still, he brings up “Illuminati…masters of everything“). Atzmon pointedly interrupts (59min.19sec):

we can talk about 9/11…Syria…the transformation of our society into a machine that facilitates consumption – [the questioner interrups, “mind control”] – exactly 

Here, Atzmon mentions (59min.50sec) his research into “Jewish power” and the Frankfurt School. (A post WW2 philosophical movement):

all circumcised, mentally and intellectually

He says no more. There is no mention of one of the school’s leading figures, Theodore Adorno, who stated

Antisemitism is the rumour about the Jews

For Atzmon, this is no mere “rumour about the Jews“, it is his one size fits all “ideology“. New Agers, if they had the sense, should heed Anthony Julius who warns that antisemitism does not deserve to be elevated to the status of an ideology – it is, rather, a polluter of ideologies. Julius has clearly heard this tune before. 

Finally, in Atzmon’s closing number he says capitalism creates a hierarchy of success and power, whereas (1.06.35):

The people who are mobilising the resistance in the current Jewy world are the most stupid people on this planet…they don’t stand a chance.

Jewy worldmost stupid people on the planet”. Indeed, and thanks to Gilad Atzmon they are getting even stupider, because that is what antisemitism does to its adherents.  


Truth Movement – “Stupidest People on the Planet”??

December 9th, 2013 by Mark Gardner

A new self-defined  “Truth Movement” is trying to emerge from a recent “Seek Speak Spread Truth Conference” in Central London. Youtube footage shows a bizarre gathering of New Agers, antisemites and anti-Zionsts. It is hard to tell if such conspiracy-obsessives merit pity or outrage. Whatever, they hope to make this a regular event.

The dominant personality appears to have been Gilad Atzmon: an ex-Israeli whom even anti-Zionist groups claim is antisemitic. His performance is below, in full. (Forthcoming CST Blog will analyse the speech in more detail.)  

Atzmon concluded (at 1hr.06min.35sec):

The people who are mobilising the resistance in the current Jewy world are the most stupid people on this planet…they don’t stand a chance.

Leaving aside “current Jewy world“,  was Atzmon insulting his hosts as “the most stupid people on this planet“? Who knows.   

The main conference organiser was Tahra Ahmed, who did all this because she just knew that 9/11 smelled funny. (See her brief welcome speech here, on 9/11, Palestine, Syria, and “the truth, what I felt, what I knew in my heart“.)

Tahra Ahmed also sniffs Truth about the Holocaust, claiming on facebook that “the number of Jews who died during WWII is greatly exaggerated”. She wants to know “WHY?????”. Also, “WHO” is hiding the killing of “SIXTY SIX MILLION Russian Christians”? What are the “REAL HISTORICAL FACTS”? Why was she “completely conditioned“?:

Tahra Ahmed 66,000,000

The conference footage suggests she never asked her burning question. Nevertheless, with all the conference’s talk of “Jewish power” and “Zionists” in this “Jewy world“, she may have sussed it.

The conference lasted all day. Much of it is on youtube and is compellingly wretched viewing. To sum it up, try watching about five minutes of the above Atzmon video, starting at 57min.18sec. See the audience mentioning freemasons, George Soros, horned G-ds and “the Illuminati…masters of everything“. Atzmon’s reply includes “Jewish concealment“, the Holocaust and Paul Eisen (author of My Life as a Holocaust Denier).

Alternatively, the speech by Les Visible.

Who can he be speaking about at 01:10?:

 …A particular group of people. A crime syndicate masquerading as a nation over in the Middle East. They put it together as a country so they could have a sovereign autonomy in a location to commit international crime. This is what they do. [Applause]

At 29.30, Atzmon’s pal Ken O’Keeefe praises Visible’s speech and asks him about atheism. The reply: 

Atheism is a product of the same people who brought you Zionism. Go into who is running the show and you’ll see ho, ho, ho, all tribe members. Go to every alternative sexual organisation, they’re almost exclusively tribe members. And why…they want to destroy the family unit…as a political hammer…This atheism, this ain’t accidental, they’re doing this on purpose…I assure you there is a G-d. I have met him/her…

Or, there is the speech by Kevin Schot.

From 03.10 he explains how, when Berlin fell in 1945, the richest families magically fled to Sweden, and…emm…(03:49) apropos of nothing at all:

I’m guessing its something to do with the Zionist lobby, I don’t know…

Gill Kaffash is another.

At 26:20 she shows a Paul Eisen related appeal, “Jews and Money” and asks for reactions. Atzmon answers, “I feel at home”; someone else says “highly connected…Goldman Sachs”; another says “every chairman of the Federal Reserve Board”; and at 27:26, another reply:

I think its connecting the dots. Jews and money…connected via cash, right back, centuries ago.

Bringing this back to the organiser, Tahra Ahmed. Well, she wanted to know how the world really works and:

tahra ahmed jugular of jewish power

went for the jugular of Jewish power

These may well be some of “the most stupid people on the planet”, but this new Truth Movement echoes some very old and enduring falsehoods.

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