The debate has leapt out of the cozy world of UK lefist Jews with this article by Steven Plaut of FrontPage magazine.com:
Almost every self-hating Jew on the planet capable of banging on a keyboard is today either a columnist for the anti-American web magazine Counterpunch, run by Alexander Cockburn, or is an object of Counterpunch’s celebration. Counterpunch runs Norman Finkelstein, whom even the Anti-Defamation League has declared a Holocaust denier. It regularly runs the anti-Israel lecturer Neve Gordon, a deep admirer of Finkelstein who has turned out dozens of articles attackingPlaut gets a few things wrong in my opinion.
Israelfor Cockburn, as well as ’s Lord Haw-Haw Uri Avnery, and dozens of other anti-Israel Jews. Israel
Now Counterpunch has decided to celebrate Gilad Atzmon, proudly proclaimed by Cockburn to be a “CounterPuncher”.
- Atzmon is not "subliterate" - he is intelligent, which makes him more dangerous;
- Atzmon is not "active in numerous anti-Semitic organizations", unless you class any anti-Zionist organization as anti-Semitic;
- I am not sure Atzmon is a "communist" in either big-C or small-c sense;
- the British SWP (unlike the American SWP, not in any way related) are not supporters of Castro but rightly see him as a Stalinist despot who substitites the Party and guerrilla army for the working class (see this article, this article, and this article);
- ONE-STATE.org is not a PLO front - it calls for a democratic secular bi-national state, against both Palestinian and Israeli nationalism, publishing articles by people like Jonathan Freedman, Thomas Friedman and Michael Walzer
[Thanks to Jogo for link]
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