The only Jewish ghetto in the Middle East

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…by Gilad Atzmon

 

[ Editor’s Note: I have not seen Gilad in a long time. The last was years ago where he was staying over at my place in Atlanta on his annual US speaking tour. He arrived with lost luggage so the first order of duty was to take him somewhere to buy a t-shirt, an indication of a casual dress evening.

We had a good crowd that night. I had helped organize with the Palestinian priests and pastors in the are that were well networked. I did not know Cynthia McKinney was coming until she walked in.

And to my surprise she knew me, and yes, she was a VT reader one of the many that keep a low profile, never comment, so you don’t know they are there. As I had brought him I had the juice to take a front and center spot for my camera set, close enough to get good audio from a shotgun mic.

Then it turned out that he like to constantly pace back and forth while working crowd, interesting to experience but hard to video. The saints we with me as the video and audio came out great. And yes, he played his sax at the end.

One of these days I will find time to spend half days working on the big video archive and start bringing some gems over to VT. Not sure how to do it yet as what video platform is safe from not getting the boot these days?Jim W. Dean ]

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The results from Tuesday’s Israeli elections have confirmed what many of us have known for a long while.  The Jewish state is an ultra nationalist right wing swamp. Israel is more hawkish than ever. There is not a single Jewish Israeli Left wing party.

The Democratic Party is led and mentored by a war criminal. What is left of Israel’s Labour Party has very little to do with peace, harmony and reconciliation. In fact, that Party is also led by a person wanted for war crimes.

As things now stand, although Bibi’s right/religious block has shrunk, Israel is more right wing than ever.  The longest serving Israeli PM cannot form his natural right/religious coalition.

Most Israeli commentators agree that the only way out of the current political stalemate is with a wide ultranationalist government led by Likud, Blue and White and others.  Such a coalition will be brokered in the coming days by the rabid nationalist zealot Avigdor Lieberman who has skillfully made himself into Israel’s king maker.

While Netanyahu has proven to be pretty cautious  in his deployment of Israel’s vast military forces,  we have good reason to believe that a coalition led by Blue and White and its IDF generals, Lieberman and Netanyahu, may be less adept at such maneuvers.

The components of Israel’s next government are destined to compete among themselves for the ‘Mr. Security’ title. They will be determined to reinstate the long faded Israeli ‘power of deterrence,’ and presumably, they will push for questionable measures that will likely pull the region into carnage.

Gilad

This was written on the wall some time ago. Israel, that was born to emancipate the Jews from diaspora conditions, to replace the Jewish ghetto and to eradicate the ghetto mentality, didn’t just fail in its mission: it has matured into the epitome of a ghetto.

It has surrounded itself with humongous ghetto walls. It hates its neighbours and not surprisingly, it is not loved in return.

The Jewish ghetto on the Palestinian seashore resembles, on many levels, its East-European ancestor. Israel’s Jews are united by their hostile feelings towards their neighbours although they are in sharp disagreement amongst themselves about pretty much everything else.

Once again, the old Yiddish joke comes to mind: “How many synagogues do you need in a village with just one Jew?   Two, one to go to and one to boycott.” Jews are defined not only by what they are or what they believe themselves to be, but also by what they hate or claim to oppose.

Israel is not troubled by its failure to fulfill the early Zionist promise to ‘civilize’ the Jews by means of a ‘homecoming,’ to become “people like all other people.” For more than three decades Israel has defined itself as the Jewish State. Israel is not a state of its citizens. Israel is the state of the Jews, both Israelis and Diaspora.  Israel is a state that enforces racial laws and has institutionaized discrimination against the people of the land, the Palestinians.

Unlike Israeli Jews who are divided in their politics, the Palestinians are more united than ever and not just in Gaza.  Once again, the Arab Joint List is the 3rd biggest party in the Knesset. If Likud and Blue and White manage to form a national unity government, the Arab party will be leading the opposition in the Knesset.

The Arab party not only united the Palestinians in Israel, it is also the only Left party in the Israeli parliament. It has been said that the Party expanded electorally on Tuesday because those very few Israeli Jews who adhere to Left universal values gave their votes to the Arab party.

It is more than symbolic that the only humane and universal political force in the Israeli ghetto is a Palestinian party.


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Author Details
Gilad Atzmon is an Israeli-born British jazz saxophonist, novelist, political activist and writer.

Atzmon's album Exile was BBC jazz album of the year in 2003. Playing over 100 dates a year,[4] he has been called "surely the hardest-gigging man in British jazz." His albums, of which he has recorded nine to date, often explore the music of the Middle East and political themes. He has described himself as a "devoted political artist." He supports the Palestinian right of return and the one-state solution in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

His criticisms of Zionism, Jewish identity, and Judaism, as well as his controversial views on The Holocaust and Jewish history have led to allegations of antisemitism from both Zionists and anti-Zionists. A profile in The Guardian in 2009 which described Atzmon as "one of London's finest saxophonists" stated: "It is Atzmon's blunt anti-Zionism rather than his music that has given him an international profile, particularly in the Arab world, where his essays are widely read."

His new book The Wandering Who? is now availble at Amazon.com

5 COMMENTS

  1. Ah, now I see why President Putin endorsed Bi Bi. He knew that Lieberman and Company, if brought back in , could be a huge headache for the Russians in Syria and other places that they are working. Thanks VT.

  2. Are not most of the history books of the early development of the United States full of lies? Didn’t the early settlers of the West or East basically steal the lands from indigenous peoples called American Indians who were the defacto owners of the lands? While some land transfers may have been technically legal, still many of even those were based on fleecing the Indians by the lies of the more educated folks from England. But beyond this most deeds of land ownership today are totally fraudulent since they are based on force and coercion. Basically America was stolen, by armed force, from the American Indians who were the defacto owners of the land. But it is today called “legal”. America is a shameful hypocrite disgrace. This is the same ruse which led to the rise and fall of the British Empire before it. This is the same ruse which led to the rise and fall of the Spanish Empire and so on. Each one is a house of cards without a moral or legal foundation other than military armed force. The only reason Israel has succeeded, if one can call it that with walls and terror to others as its daily goals, is aid and support from criminals in mostly the U.S. today and all this aid is based on bribes or threats. So massive immoral misconduct is the history of our country and most empires before it. This is all a human disgrace for Earth and the higher animals and plants. Man is a worthless piece of garbage.

    • All this and more is why perhaps America’s greatest writer Mark Twain concluded in one of the many books and articles published posthumously after his death that “Man Evolved DOWN from the higher animals.” “Letters from the Earth, 1938”. Mark Twain is one of America’s greatest writers and perhaps one of the greatest writers of the world. Man is a destroyer, a plunderer of Earth and everything he touches. The destruction of Earth is moving quickly now. Frankly the best outcome which could happen would be for man to be obliterated from Earth so the plants and animals can survive in peace. If man is made in God’s image then God is indeed evil and the Devil himself.

    • The irony is , Twain, who is considered the Father of American Literature quit school at age 11. Much younger than those in compulsory education who are required to read his work.
      And that is 2 of the 3 R’s rite there !
      In the examination of Twain, I would hope the seed of optimism would spring. He shows, it is the system, and not the person, which caused the de-evolution. After all he brought humor and wit, while the church was busy institutionalizing Guilt as a Virtue, and sacrifice as the only way out of misery. Don’t let them beat you.
      I found this old interview on infinityexplorers by Tesla from 1899, maybe that would cheer you up,…”“Everything is Light” The Incredible interview with Nikola Tesla in 1899″

  3. I pretty much agree with everything Gilad says. Although if one reads Herzl the “founder” of Zionism (Actually what could be called Jewish Zionism because Zionism existed before him in the guise of Puritanism and other Judeo-Christian cults) than it is all about being god’s chosen people granting them the “right” to commit genocide against the indigenous population much in the same way that the Puritans and before that the Spanish under the Crypto-Jew Columbus did.

    Remember the famous quote from one of Herzl’s Zionist Christian supporters that Palestine was “a land without people for a people without land” just as “New Canaan” became before that.