by Gilad Atzmon
In the last year we have seen some so called Jewish ‘anti’ Zionists working hard to appease their Zionist brothers. Naomi Wimborne Idrissi attempted to run a clandestine operation within our movement.
Sarah Kershnar of the IJAN attempted to jeopardise a Palestinian Solidarity conference, we saw the relentless Tony Greenstein harassing Richard Falk, John Mearsheimer, Lauren Booth, Dr Samir Abed Rabo, Sameh Habeeb and myself amongst many others.
But now they are all rewarded.
The ultra Zionist, pro war, Neocon Harry’s Place decided today to thank its Jewish ‘anti’ Zionist “allies”. In an astonishing piece named A (small) Thank You to Anti-Israel Jews, Zionist Mouthpiece Anthony Cooper thanks his collaborators within our midst.
Cooper’s article reaffirms what we know for more than a while-there is a clear ideological, political and ethical continuum between Israel and some of the so-called Jewish ‘anti’ Zionists (AKA AZZ -Anti Zionist Zionists).
“In many, perhaps most, cases the motivation to publicly denounce Israel is the desire to fight antisemitism.” Cooper writes about his anti Zionist brothers, confirming the theses I developed in The Wandering Who.
In most cases, Jewish anti Zionists are mainly concerned with Jewish tribal interests. They aren’t exactly Palestinian solidarity activists or even ordinary humanists.
They just want Jews to look slightly better. I guess that for them, the Shoa in Palestine is a secondary matter.
As if we ever suspected the true motivation behind the ‘Jews Only’ pro Palestinian cells, Cooper informs us that “the founding declaration of Independent Jewish Voices, for example, places the fight against antisemitism at the heart of the organisation.
Likewise, Jews for Justice for Palestinians (JfJfP) state that they ‘extend support to Palestinians trapped in the spiral of violence and repression’ because they ‘believe that such actions are important in countering antisemitism’”.
The two leading Jewish pro Palestinian organisations are clearly concerned primarily with anti Semitism.
Cooper is far from being stupid. He is correct when suggesting that “far from destroying the impression of Jewish support for Israeli actions, their (Jewish anti Zionists) opposition reinforces it.”
Cooper is correct here-the opposition of half a dozen righteous Jews is not going to vindicate the Jewish people of crimes committed by the Jewish State in the name of the Jewish people.
But the good news is not finished yet; hold your breath because Cooper has some clear plans for his bunch of ‘anti’ Zionist sayanim: “very few anti-Israel Jews are self-hating.”
Says Cooper. “We (The Zionist) should recognise this and make sure to keep them within the big tent against antisemitism rather than making them pariahs.They may be opponents of Israel but they can be our allies in the struggle against antisemitism.”
The message for every Palestinian solidarity person is pretty clear-Beware!
If ultra Zionist Cooper is correct, we better, from now on, take with a pinch of salt the entire Jewish ‘anti’ Zionist political discourse. As you probably know, I am saying it for years, but now, for the first time, you could hear it from the horse’s mouth.
Gilad Atzmon’s New Book: The Wandering Who? A Study Of Jewish ‘anti’ Zionist Zionists… Amazon.com or Amazon.co.uk.
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, 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
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