4/11/12 Meria interviews Gilad Atzmon on his excellent book “The Wandering Who? A Study of Jewish Identity Politics”. What’s in a name? Israel is a state, Palestine is the land; anti-semitism; few Jews can claim origin in Palestine; initial Zionist plan; Nationalism created unpaid armies; disarm Israel; the Jewish state; the “chosen” ones; exceptionalism in USA and Israel; losing the American dream; what is a zionist? anti-semitism feeds the Israeli project; Jewish anti-zionism; Iran- PRE traumatic stress; Israel the only aggressor; who controls world politics ? AIPAC pushing for war; Jewish religion follows the Talmud not the Bible; Jewish secularization; US & Israel – Old Testament driven; what was the biggest victim of WW2? NWO and the Zionist agenda; new Nazi’s? American politics cheaper than tanks; Americans fighting Israel’s wars; Palestine is worse than Nazi Germany; complicity of citizens; the Protocols of Zion; and lots more.
An investigation of Jewish identity politics and Jewish contemporary ideology using both popular culture and scholarly texts. Jewish identity is tied up with some of the most difficult and contentious issues of today. The purpose in this book is to open many of these issues up for discussion. Since Israel defines itself openly as the ‘Jewish State’, we should ask what the notions of ’Judaism’, ‘Jewishness’, ‘Jewish culture’ and ‘Jewish ideology’ stand for. Gilad examines the tribal aspects embedded in Jewish secular discourse, both Zionist and anti Zionist; the ‘holocaust religion’; the meaning of ‘history’ and ‘time’ within the Jewish political discourse; the anti-Gentile ideologies entangled within different forms of secular Jewish political discourse and even within the Jewish left. He questions what it is that leads Diaspora Jews to identify themselves with Israel and affiliate with its politics. The devastating state of our world affairs raises an immediate demand for a conceptual shift in our intellectual and philosophical attitude towards politics, identity politics and history.