Abunimah Boycotting and Censoring Gilad Atzmon ?

Abunimah Boycotting and Censoring Gilad Atzmon ?


by Debbie Menon


Antisemitic who ?

Who or what could have prompted Ali-Abuminah to write such a counter-productive diatribe against the beneficial works of Atzmon ?

Palestinians boycotting and in effect censoring a hard-hitting, courageous fellow traveler is a disgraceful act and poor strategy. It has come as a rude shock to many of us genuine campaigners for Palestine.

I’m pretty sure Mr. Abunimah didn't read Atzmon’s book.

If he did, he'd know that Atzmon's book has been clearly blessed, endorsed and reviewed by illustrious authors and researchers, and alternative media stalwarts, long time ‘Friends of Palestine’ the likes of  Messrs. John Mearsheimer, James Petras, William A Cook, Jeff Gates, Paul Balles, Alan Hart, Kim Petersen , Richard Falk, and scores of others as no other book ?

Do the signatories on the anti-Atzmon condemnation paper have a problem with all of the above mentioned writers?

Do the works of the above mentioned 'Friends of Palestine' see the light of day on Ali Abunimah's Electronic intifada blog ?

Does Abunimah & Co. even realize that these respectable committed campaigners and long time passionate advocates for justice for Palestinians have spent a life time writing volumes to spread awareness about the Palestinian struggle through their writing and activism and many of them have wound up uterly frustrated and penniless precisely due to the lack of any  unity, organization or support from diaspora Paletinians? Shame on you! 


‘Gilad Atzmon has written an absorbing and moving account of his journey from hard core Israeli nationalist to a de-Zionized patriot of humanity and passionate advocate of justice for the Palestinian people. It is a transformative story told with unflinching integrity that all (especially Jews) who care about real peace, as well as their own identity, should not only read, but reflect upon and discuss widely.’

Professor Richard Falk, Albert G. Milbank Professor of International Law Emeritus, Princeton University, author of over 20 books, and UN Special Rapporteur for Occupied Palestinian Territories.

‘Gilad Atzmon has written a fascinating and provocative book on Jewish identity in the modern world. He shows how assimilation and liberalism are making it increasingly difficult for Jews in the Diaspora to maintain a powerful sense of their 'Jewishness.' Panicked Jewish leaders, he argues, have turned to Zionism (blind loyalty to Israel) and scaremongering (the threat of another Holocaust) to keep the tribe united and distinct from the surrounding goyim. As Atzmon’s own case demonstrates, this strategy is not working and is causing many Jews great anguish. The Wandering Who? should be widely read by Jews and non-Jews alike.’

John J. Mearsheimer is the R. Wendell Harrison Distinguished Service Professor of Political Science at the University of Chicago

‘Gilad Atzmon’s book, The Wandering Who? is as witty and thought provoking as its title.  But it is also an important book, presenting conclusions about Jews, Jewishness and Judaism which some will find shocking but which are essential to an understanding of Jewish identity politics and the role they play on the world stage.’

Karl Sabbagh is a journalist, television producer and the author of several books including A Rum Affair, Power Into Art, Dr Riemann’s Zeros and Palestine: A Personal History. He is currently the publisher of Hesperus Press

‘Gilad Atzmon‘s The Wandering Who? is a series of brilliant illuminations and critical reflections on Jewish ethnocentrism and the hypocrisy of those who speak in the name of universal values and act tribal. Relying on autobiographical and existential experiences, as well as intimate observations of everyday life, both informed by profound psychological insights, Atzmon does what many critics of Israel fail to do; he uncovers the links between Jewish identity politics in the Diaspora with their ardent support for the oppressive policies of the Israeli state.

Atzmon provides deep insights into “neo-ghetto” politics. He has the courage – so profoundly lacking among western intellectuals – to speak truth to the power of highly placed and affluent Zionists who shape the agendas of war and peace in the English-speaking world. With wit and imagination, Atzmon’s passionate confrontation with neo-conservative power grabbers and liberal yea sayers sets this book apart for its original understanding of the dangers of closed minds with hands on the levers of power.

This book is more than a “study of Jewish identity politics” insofar as we are dealing with a matrix of power that affects all who cherish self-determination and personal freedom in the face of imperial and colonial dictates.’

Professor James Petras, Bartle Professor of Sociology at Binghamton University, New York, author of more than 62 books including The Power of Israel in the United States.

‘Atzmon’s insight into the organism created by the Zionist movement is explosive. The Wandering Who? tears the veil off of Israel’s apparent civility, its apparent friendship with the United States, and its expressed solicitude for Western powers, exposing beneath the assassin ready to slay any and all that interfere with its tribal focused ends.’

Professor William A. Cook, Professor of English at the University of La Verne in southern California, and author of The Rape Of Palestine.

The Wandering Who? features Gilad Atzmon at his delightful and insightful best: engaging, provocative and persuasive.’

Jeff Gates, author of Guilt By Association: How Deception and Self-Deceit Took America to War


The Wandering Who? is a pioneering work that deserves to be read and Gilad Atzmon is brave to write this book!’

Dr. Samir Abed-Rabbo, author and Professor Emeritus in the field of international law. He is director of the Center for Arabic and Islamic Studies in Brattleboro, Vermont and the former Dean of The Jerusalem School for Law and Diplomacy.

It is a scholarly and truly monumental work, deeply profound and, of course, controversial.

Alan Hart, British Journalist and former covert diplomat in Middle East, ITN's News at 10, BBC's Panorama

Kudos to the publishers 'Zer0 Book' for pretty much outlining the problem:

Zero Books knows that another kind of discourse — intellectual without being academic, popular without being populist — is not only possible: it is already flourishing to the regions beyond the striplit malls of so-called mass media and the neurotically bureaucratic halls of the academy. Zer0 is committed to the idea of publishing as a making public of the intellectual.  It is convinced that in the unthinking, blandly consensual culture in which we live, critical and engaged theoretical reflection is more important than ever before.

Contemporary culture has eliminated both the concept of the public and the figure of the intellectual.  Former public spaces– both physical and cultural — are now either derelict or colonized by advertising.  A cretinous anti-intellectualism presides, cheerled by expensively educated hacks in the pay of multinational corporations who reassure their bored readers that there is no need to rouse themselves from their inter-passive stupor.  The informal censorship internalized and propagated by the cultural workers of late capitalism generates a banal conformity that the propaganda chiefs of Stalinism could only ever have dreamt of imposing.

We have the potential on the Internet, for this "other kind of discourse." intellectual without being academic, popular without being populist but only if we can keep it free from government interference and regulation and Zionist infiltrators and gatekeepers! Which is not only possible but essential if we are to ever have or regain a reliable exchange of factual and honest ideas, knowledge  and information which has not been twisted to the degree that the truth is no longer evident  in order to fit  some marketing or political objectives.

That means that the lie will have equal opportunity to ride First Class as well as the Truth.  But… given any sort of government or economic controls or Zionist influences, then the Lie will supersede the Truth, and the forces of market and politics will prevail, and Truth, knowledge and real information will fade from the pages of history.

Earlaiman a frequent commentator on these pages astutely observes that most of the signatories on the anti-Atzmon condemnation paper are located in foreign (non Palestine) nations where they probably feel fat and secure in their high and lofty offices, pulpits and lectures.

These folks and those like them justify fully a former US Military strategic analyst Dr. Alan Sabrosky's, criticism of the Palestinian movement's “leadership” in the first of a series of his articles last summer, that so upset some within the Palestinian movement.

When the ship is sinking, blame someone who criticizes the organizers of the voyage. Never, ever, blame yourselves or the people who took you onto the rocks.

But then, what else can one expect from the same people who have led Palestine and Palestinians for 60 years from one triumph to another….?

These people are either fools, or dupes of the Israelis, or simply too terrified of what the Israelis can or will do to them, or some combination thereof. 

I don’t always agree with Atzmon, and many people don’t agree with me, but so what? Reasonable people can disagree.

Each and every one of us has his or her own foibles and hobby-horses, and whether we give rein to them occasionally or not, as long as the principal thrust of most of our work is directed at our main chance — which is countering that of the Zionists — we all need to exercise patience and charity, let the occasional transgression (as one or more of us may see it) pass unremarked, and continue the good fight. Internal dissension and a needlessly purist worldview just help our common enemy.

Issue with Atzmon in this instance is that he has gored accurately some exceptionally sacred (in a secular sense) Israeli/Jewish oxen, hence the response from the Palestinian variant of “Uncle Toms & Aunt Jemimas.” 

Tim King  goes directly to the heart of the matter when he identifies the difference… "…knowing right from wrong and acting on it."

It is really that simple!

Know Your Enemy! End the Ridiculous Persecution of Gilad Atzmon

Political Perspective by Tim King Salem-News.com

Israeli-born Gilad Atzmon works tirelessly for Palestinians, criticizing Israeli war crimes, yet members of the movement call for others to 'Disavowal' his 'Racism and Antisemitism'  Who is antisemitic?

Just know this: every time one of our dedicated writers falls under a public attack over criticism of Israeli military politics, those leading the charge with their same lame false claims of ‘antisemitism’ are insincere and acting out of pressure from Israel, even if they don’t know it.

Read the full article »


  1. That's right Debbie, it is ridiculous. Truth and justice  have enemies, and one of their tactics is to demonize those who stand against their vices…..like that would work.

  2. It would seem that there are Pundits who might be trying take advantage of the Palestininan situation and turn it to their advantage at the cost of other allies in much the same way that if the Israelis did not have the enemies they have they would have to invent or create them to further their own personal agendas.
    Now… everyone.. all together-gether now… man your oars… shut up, and PULL!
    Excellently done, Debby.

  3. Hello Debbie, Tx so much,,, I also don't agree with Atzmon from time to time.. However, regarding Ali Abunimah, he indeed confirmed last week that he didn't read the book…

  4. I was mystified and dismayed by the Ali Abunimah discrediting of Gilad Atzmon, whose stature soared in my mind during and at the end of my read of "The Wandering Who?"  Palestinian-Americans such as Hatem Bazian and Joseph Massad simply should not be associated with this assassination.  Debbie, you're exactly right:  all of them should be ashamed, and they should find humility, apologize profusely and retract this misguided instrument of division.  We need every body, from any perspective of resistance to political/militant Zionism, to rise up and defeat this criminally psychotic scourge.  What we, collectively, have been doing for decades isn't working, whether by Palestinians on the illegally occupied ground, in the horrific refugee camps, in the "comfortable" diaspora; or by the principled practicing-or-disaffected Jews among us such as Sara Roy, Rachelle Marshall, Gideon Levy, Avi Shlaim, Ilan Pappe, and, yes, Gilad Atzmon; or by humanitarian peace-and-justice activists of any stripe such as our very own Debbie Menon, Jim Wall, Alan Hart, Mearsheimer and Walt, Alison Weir, and on and on.  I suggest that Mr. Abunimah and his colleagues demonstrate their repentance by exhausting themselves in full-time pursuit of implementation of the liberational prescriptions of one of my principal heroes in this danse macabre:  John Whitbeck, at this site (his "open letter" has been issued in a slightly different format at at least one other location):  http://aljazeera.com/indepth/opinion/2012/02/2012221104220584168.html .
    Enough bickering and infighting!  Let's swarm — attack the cancer with full focus and passion — and excise it before it fully metastasizes and overwhelms us all.

  5. What prompted Ali to write the peace. Answer:
    He is a decent human being. Unlike his critics he is actually a Palestinian. He has a stake in the struggle and he has his eyes on the prize; an end to occupation and freedom for Palestinians.
    His carping critics, like this writer, have a different agenda. To her, and others like her, the Palestinians are just a nuisance.
    I really feel sorry for the Palestinians; first the have to deal with the brutal Israelis; on top of that they have to deal with "friends" like this in the BDS movement, who are really just an albatross around the neck of the Palestinians.

  6. The cancer list that Mr. robert Silver refers to comprise of himself, John Meaerimer, Stphan Walt, Ilan Peppe, Avi Shlaim, Gideon Levy, William A Cook,  Samir Abed Rabbo, Alan Hart, James Petras, Karl Sabbag, Jeff Gate and Gilad Atzmon.  These guys only spew hatred, lies and poison.  They aren't helpful to anyone including peaceful Arabs who love Israel and happy to live in Israel as they enjoy far better quality of life than any avarage Arab in any of the 22 Arab country.  Thus these guys are indeed harmfull to all.  

  7. Atzmon is not writing to or adding anything to Jewish conversations about identity. 
    Nor is he contributing in any useful way to the Palestinian cause, according to the people who are fighting the sturggle 24/7. I am pretty sure Abunimah falls asleep twittering on Palestine and he must have huge calouses.
    Its not suprising that Atzmon's self defense is so self referential.
    They whacked him because he is useless or worse to their cause.

  8. Gilad belongs to a few who have managed to objectively and subjectively  share with the world about the Jewish identity. 


    No secrecy, if we're to own what makes one, one and allow room to becoming one who is  a part of the larger humanity. It's possible to be a Jew/Jewish – or any other people group for that matter, case in point, Palestinians – and still be in NEED of information, if not education, on what that means or doesn't  … If Mr. Abunimah had actually read the book, and understood what the true Plight of Palestinians is, understood Gilad's passion for his people/humanity, he wouldn't have said what he has, in my view. He, wouldn't have put  words in Gilad's mouth if he ever knew what a Jew is or what a Zionist isn't. It's okay to want Zionism to end, but as vital as that is, it's unjust to want well-principled men and women  to end on the lump which has nothing to do with them.


    Gilad's inquiry of the matters his book handles is absolutely right,  necessary and timely.  Disagreeing with him is okay, but attempting to thwart and/or silence him resides together with folly and fear of Truth and justice, cowardice, it isn't good for the Jew or the Arab in Palestine … it shows, and exactly this is what  should be shunned.  

  9. I don't think that Ali Abunimah et. al. suddenly  decided to put together  this petition on their own volition. I  believe that they were ordered to issue it by the same controlling force that might well be  behind the  reason that the Palestinian cause has been so  pitifully  ineffective for decades now.
    Furthermore, I also wonder if they in fact actually wrote the petiton themselves or if it was simply handed to them for them just to sign. Both the  ADL and AIPAC are notorious for pressuring people to sign  pre  written apologies composed by ADL/AIPAC staff members . (Henry Ford was forced  to sign one way back in the 1920s for offending Jewish sensibilities).  Somebody cracked the whip these folks  obliged. 
    As regards Joseph Massad, I am afraid that this isn't the first time that he he has put caution and comfort far before principal.  He did in fact atttack the very idea of there being an all powerful Israel Lobby that controls US foreign policy totally for Israel's benefit (Google: Joseph Massad) . I now consider him nothing more than a member of the (totally) controlled opposition.

  10. It is absolutely apparent that the reason that the zionist jews are TERRIFIED of Mr. Gilad Atzmon is because HE IS NOT ONE OF THEM.  As a non-zionist jew and ABSOLUTE RENOUNCER OF THAT HOLE-IN-THE-WALL criminal-state of israHell, his exposes on criminal-judaism and the intents and purposes of political-zionism are like garlic and holy-water against vampires.
    God bless you, Mr. Gilad Atzmon, and keep telling the TRUTH AS IT IS, regardless of what those "pro-Palestinian" COWARDS are FORCED to say in-order to make themselves looke "good" in the eyes of the ADL and other enemy-groups of the rest of the world that is not zionist.

  11. Earlaiman a frequent commentator on these pages astutely observes that most of the signatories on the anti-Atzmon condemnation paper are located in foreign (non Palestine) nations where they probably feel fat and secure in their high and lofty offices, pulpits and lectures.
    I disagree slightly. I think these expatriate Palestinians are terrified of what their Jewish friends and Judaized gentile friends would think of them if they didn't condemn people like Gilad Atzmon, Paul Eisen, Henry Herskovitz, Dan McGowan, etc. These Palestinians care more about their reputations than they do about the compatriots they've effectively abandoned and that's why they'll never decry the Jewish power in the US and Europe that keeps Palestine captive of Jewish supremacy. Atzmon et al. talk about Jews and Jewish power but Ali Abunimah, Nada Elia, etc. are too cowardly to talk about it, let alone challenge it.

  12. I have been getting Ali Abunimah's articles for a long time and have supported EI financially for several years even though life is a struggle and I refused to. I am shocked to know how he condemns Gilad Atzmon, his book that he hasn't read and presumably not reading his prolific writings on current affairs almost on daily basis. These are far superior to the rhetoric of Ali and I got a little weary of them. Gilad has shaken the ground under the very feet of the proud Jewish who control, AIPAC, UK's and Europe's Israeli lobbies. How can one or two of the Muslims who commented ever call it bliss to lives under Israel's occupation and ethnic cleansing of their brethren on almost daily basis? This is an incredible position of them to take, no different from the collaborators and puppets like their long ruling illegal leader of Palestine Authority, need I name him???

    • Dear Robert, I am not the only one who wrote an honest response to what all this is about. Just another comment by 'Zionists Out' is not less spot-on. I have never given a penny to Gilad and have seen him in life at his concerts and his interviews on line. He is so composed and patient never losing his cool or banging his fists as Ali does in a way. Empty vessels make more sound. I only hope he will spend a few pounds/dollars and read Gilad's book! Cheers!  

  13. I am of the opinion that Ali has not read Gilad's book..so I discount his attacks..what the zionists love is al this infighting..we are all capable of making our own minds up about what people say dna do without feeding the zionist joy..so can we agree to disagree and move on…and take from each what is valuable to us int he struggle? Thank you