My Struggle

Gilad Atzmon – Feb 20, 2020

I launched my study into Jewishness two decades ago. It began as a result of my reaction to the relentless attacks on dissident Jewish thinkers who didn’t fit with the ‘revolutionary agenda’ of the so-called Jewish ‘anti Zionist’ Left.  I quickly grasped that it was actually the Jewish Left, the radicals and progressives, who displayed the most   problematic traits associated with Zionism and Jewish identitarianism.
I was perplexed: the same people who adhere to tribal politics and operate in racially segregated political cells preach universalism to others.  I came to understand that nothing was transparent or obvious about Jewish culture and identitarianism, and that this was by design. I decided to untangle the Jewish enigma from a new perspective: instead of asking who or what Jews are, I asked what those who self-identify as Jews believe in, what precepts they adhere to. This question was the beginning of my struggle.
By the time I published The Wandering Who?  (2011),  I realised that those who identify as Jews can be divided into three non-exclusive categories. 1. Those who follow Torah and Mitzvoth. 2. Those who identify with their Jewish ancestry. 3. Those who identify politically as Jews. In The Wandering Who I argued that while the first and the second categories are innocent, the third category is always contaminated by biological determinism. The third category is, in fact, racist to the core. While Jews aren’t necessarily a race, Jewish politics are, too often, racially oriented. This applies to both Zionists and the so called ‘anti’ Zionists. In my work there is no real distinction between Jewish Zionists and their Jewish dissenters. I have found them to be equally racist.
There is more to draw from this categorical approach. It is apparent that not many self identified Jews fall exclusively into just one of the categories. Jewish identity is a multilayered construct.  A West Bank settler, for instance, is usually a follower of Torah and Mitzvoth (cat’ 1), most often he/she speaks in the name of their Jewish ancestry and even claims lineage to Biblical figures (cat’ 2). And  it goes without saying that a West Bank Jewish settler identifies and acts politically as a Jew (cat’ 3). Surprisingly, a JVP activist in Brooklyn isn’t all that different. He or she may not adhere to the Torah but likely identifies ethnically as a Jew (cat’ 2) and certainly acts politically as a Jew (cat’ 3).
In The Wandering Who I argued that If Zionism is a racist ideology, then Jewish anti Zionists are at least as guilty of the same crime. In fact, in the Israeli Knesset, the third biggest party is a Palestinian party. You do the goy count: try to figure out how many Palestinians or Gentiles are on JVP’s board or amongst the British Jewish Voice for Labour (that doesn’t even accept gentiles as equal members).  Needless to mention, this observation didn’t make me overwhelmingly popular amongst Zionists and the so called ‘anti.’
On the day of the publication of The Wandering Who, hell broke loose. What started as a struggle to seek the truth or at least some understanding, evolved into a bloody war. Oddly, no one bothered to find a mistake in my work or pointed to where my argument was lacking. No one claimed that the facts I based my argument on were inaccurate. Both Zionists and ‘anti’ have deployed every trick in their Hasbara book to try and silence me. I was called a racist, an anti-Semite  and a Nazi despite the fact that my entire work is anti racist and in defiance of the Jewish racial argument. 
Since 2011 I have been subject to a cowardly smear campaign. But the war called upon me has actually helped me to refine my views on Jewish Identity Politics. I realised that Jewishness (yehudiyut)  is a manifold of different forms of chosenness. Rabbinical Jews celebrate being God’s favorite children. Atheist Jews in practice, dumped  the God who first chose them in order to validate their own superiority as godless people. Jewish Marxists are special for their belief in equality. Tikun Olam Jews believe that it is down to them to save the Goyim. After a few more years of this study I realised that Judaism is just one Jewish religion amongst many and it is not even the most popular Jewish religion.
The great Israeli philosopher Yeshayahu Leibowitz figured out in the 1970s that while Jews uphold many religions and beliefs, all Jews believe in the Holocaust. It was this observation by Leibowitz that planted the notion of the Holocaust religion. When I wrote Being in Time, I realised that practically every precept can become a Jewish religion as long as it sustains a lucid concept of ‘chosenness’, self-love or auto validation.
The French psychoanalyst Jacques Lacan revealed that the  ‘unconscious is the discourse of the Other;’ the fear that one’s deepest secrets could be unveiled and make it into the public discourse.  In Lacanian terms, the Jewish unconscious is the fear that the ‘Goyim Know.’ Their torment is that people ‘out there’ will start to converse about what has taken place in front of their eyes: whether it is AIPAC dominance of US foreign policy or the destruction of the Labour Party or the constant threat to world peace imposed by Israel and its Lobby.
Judging by their desperate attempts to silence me, I assume that I must be seen, at least in the eyes of my Jewish detractors, as a prime conduit for that ever expanding general awareness – after all I have been blowing the whistle for a while.
Jews do not like those who leave the tribe. Jesus paid a price, as did Uriel da Costa and Spinoza.  For Jews, the former Jew, or ex-Jew, is a threat most likely because many Jews may feel insecure about the ethical ground of their core beliefs, culture and ideology. Enlightened Jewish progressives are probably clever enough to admit to themselves that being born into chosenness is a problematic racially supremacist concept. Honest Jews may have gathered that being chosen by a God you yourself invented to favour you over the rest of humanity is actually funny. Orthodox Jews understand that large parts of  their core beliefs are inconsistent with the western universal humanist tradition. Many Zionists know that their claims to a historic right to a land they have never been in are ridiculous.
The Jewish strategy to handle their fears includes the suppression of elementary freedoms: Jewish Power as I define it, is the power to suppress criticism of Jewish power. I believe that it was I who coined the slogan, ‘We Are All Palestinians.’ In accordance with my definition of Jewish power, Palestinians are those who can’t even utter the name of their oppressor. While Israel calls itself the Jewish State and boasts about itself as Jewish, the Palestinians and their solidarity movement go out of their way to avoid the J word.’ When British Jewish institutions including the chief rabbi and the British Jewish press called an open war on the British Labour and its leader no one in the Labour party dared utter the ‘J word’ except when asking for Jewish forgiveness. The condition of being Palestinian, of not being able to name one’s oppressor, is now a global symptom. This suppression of speech and thought has evolved into a tyranny of correctness.
By the time I wrote Being in Time I understood that my struggle has implications that far exceed my initial intellectual objectives.  What we face as western subjects is a massive battle between Athens and Jerusalem, where Athens is the birthplace of Western thought and Jerusalem is the city of revelation. Athens teaches us how to think, Jerusalem demands our obedience.
The Western humanist values and intellectual assets we are now nostalgic for came from Athens: democracy, tolerance, freedom of speech, philosophy, Agora, science, ethics, poesis and the tragedy. Jerusalem gave us laws, mitzvoth, regimes of prescribed and proscribed behavior. Athens teaches us how to think ethically: in Jerusalem, ethics are replaced by the Ten Commandments; rules to obey. Jerusalem is not solely a ‘Jewish domain.’ The Jerusalemization of our universe is apparent in every corner of society: from pop culture, to the work place, to academia and beyond.  It is the tyranny of correctness adopted by the new Left and it is at least as infectious within right identitarianism.
My struggle as I now understand it, has evolved into a metaphysical quest.  I battle to reinstate Athens within my soul. If you want to make the West great again, my struggle is your struggle.  Defy Jerusalem, say no to authoritarianism, embrace Athens in your heart: learn to speak your mind, tell the truth as you see it and bear the consequences.




Gilad Atzmon, a former Israeli soldier now a writer and an award winning Jazz musician resident in London, where he lives in virtual exile

9 responses to “My Struggle”

  1. This is a patently false statement:

    “1. Those who follow Torah and Mitzvoth. 2. Those who identify with their Jewish ancestry. 3. Those who identify politically as Jews. In The Wandering Who I argued that while the first and the second categories are innocent,”

    Innocent Jews? I beg to differ. Long before Zionism the “Jews” were causing trouble and they were not even the same bloodline as now. It’s the memes not the genes that is the problem – the ‘devil’ are the words in the Jewish books, I’m chosen your not is where the trouble lies. Judaism is the ultimate exclusionary ideology, if you say your a Jew then you are saying you are superior and excluding all others.

    Even the title of this essay “My Struggle” is egocentric. It is our struggle against these people who identify as holy and better and closer to God. They are not, the claim the Jews are better are false. They are the source of our misery, they do not represent God at all, they are the synagogue of devils in the flesh.

    Zionist vs. Jew by John Kaminski

    “The real Holocaust is what Jews have done to the world”

    “And what crimes are those? Well, that’s quite a list! Start with both World Wars, the demolition of the World Trade Center, the Federal Reserve, this whole string of faux terror incidents usually involving schoolchildren, the poisoning of the food supply and the hidden timebombs in medicines, the centuries old fractional reserve lending scams culminating in the derivatives boondoggle guaranteed to crash the world economy almost immediately if not sooner, the total pollution of culture by the destruction of religious systems, and a family-fracturing legalization of homosexuality that resulted in a form of self-destructive insanity being ordered by a totalitarian government.

    Jews have turned our daughters into whores and our sons into conscienceless swindlers.”

    I second the Kaminski motion that Atzmon should apologize for what ALL Jews have done to the world. ALL JEWS have engaged in systematic manipulation, swindling, influence, murder and genocide against all peoples of the world. It is not just these racist Zionists like Atzmon is claiming it is all Jews who form this world wide juggernaut against humanity.

    And the big joke on these Torah believers is that the Holy Bible is about the Anunnaki not God. Jews are worshipping the evil progenitors of the human specie.

    “The Bible is not a story about God or the Supreme Being. The Bible is a story about the Anunnaki. That my friend is the grandest deception and has far-reaching implications.”

  2. Jews ARE a race – Gen 3:15. The Most High gave them ‘The Mark of Cain’ so that they could be universally recognised by all as the enemy of mankind. . .

  3. Look….you dont have to go into long winded explanations about Jews…..its a waste of time.Far better to say….Jews are a bunch of cunts.
    The greatest liars ever to walk the face of the planet.
    Prepare to defend yourself by any means possible because they’ll be sending round the secret police…..sooner or later.
    No sensible person reads Atzmons stuff OR the ultra-weird Jew Les Visible….

  4. “Funny” how there could be an article on The Jewish Mind-Set(s) without a single mention of the TalMUD – the primary “Holy” Book that predominantly informs that miind-set that has brought The World to the brink of destruction – ain’t it?

  5. Yukon Jack you are a twat! The majority of Jews who walk the earth are innocent. As in all walks of life it is the few that are dangerous idiots… as you should well know.

    Ray N… Jews are many races! A few are even semite, as in Arab

    Tiberius, you are projecting… ie you are the cunt!

    And The Realist… not funny actually.

    Go Gilad… and Les Vis for that matter

  6. I think what Mr Atzmon is trying to say is Jerusalem is antisemitic while Athens is a utopian dream of a public square that tax payers pay a council to administer which will always be free of rules or regulations. That or which democracy does he vouch for.
    The Anunnaki(Lord) weren’t real happy Cain bumped off his brother off over a shitty crop that the masters didn’t pat him on the back for and then to add to that in typical Jew style when the Anunnaki made him responsible for his actions by doing his brothers work as well, he complained got stamped a whumpus labelled to pathetic to kill and sent out of order.
    Jew is sect it can never be seen as race its wandering days saw to that, in fact they still do.

  7. Gilad is obviously disinfo agent. Torah Jews are good? Have you had an opportunity to read the Holy Bible?

    Deuteronomy 28,

    9 The LORD shall establish thee an holy people unto himself, as he hath sworn unto thee, if thou shalt keep the commandments of the LORD thy God, and walk in his ways.
    10 And all people of the earth shall see that thou art called by the name of the LORD; and they shall be afraid of thee.
    11 And the LORD shall make thee plenteous in goods, in the fruit of thy body, and in the fruit of thy cattle, and in the fruit of thy ground, in the land which the LORD sware unto thy fathers to give thee.
    12 The LORD shall open unto thee his good treasure, the heaven to give the rain unto thy land in his season, and to bless all the work of thine hand: and thou shalt lend unto many nations, and thou shalt not borrow.
    13 And the LORD shall make thee the head, and not the tail; and thou shalt be above only, and thou shalt not be beneath; if that thou hearken unto the commandments of the LORD thy God, which I command thee this day, to observe and to do them:
    14 And thou shalt not go aside from any of the words which I command thee this day, to the right hand, or to the left, to go after other gods to serve them.

    The (un)Holy Bible is the source of Jewish supremacism, Jewish racial megalomania (Jews = spiritual race). Judaism is a racist ideology.

    Judeoanglosaxon racism, including contempt for dark skinned people, has Jewish roots. Moses ben Maimon:

    Such are the extreme Turks that wander about in the north, the Cushites who live in the south, and those in our country who are like these. I consider these as irrational beings, and not as human beings; they are below mankind, but above monkeys, since they have the form and shape of man, and a mental faculty above that of the monkey

    Cushites = Negros

    Blaming Zionists for everything bad in Judaism is an old tactic. Was Maimonides Zionist?

  8. Hey Patrick
    Yes, relatively speaking Torah Jews are good! It is the Talmudic Jews that we need to keep an eye on. And let’s not throw the baby out with the bath water, there’s a lot of good stuff in the Bible… as there is even with Qoran. Plus God does not have religion, it’s we humans that have made up those constructs. Which has lead us to Zionism and there are plenty of so called Christian Zionists, and even Moslem ones too, the House of Saud being the prime example.
    So Gilad being a disinfo agent, not to my mind mate. Of any, he can see the wood for the trees because he was indoctrinated into Judaeism, even served in the IDF, and then left… he no longer considers himself a Jew.
    So credit where credit is due

  9. @ Dr Cray

    Bible is a Jewish tradition. None of my business. Please read Marcus Eli Ravage on Christianity:

    Christianity – a Jewish creation – is a demonic religion for ignorant surfs and Judaism is a religion for ruthless lords.

    Turn another cheek, bow down and offer your asshole.