Tuesday, November 20, 2018

Gilad Atzmon criticisms

Just archiving some sentences recently deleted from Gilad Atzmon's Wikipedia article.
Note: this post is not aimed at Wikipedia editors and is not an incitement to edit the article, but merely a repository for deleted material, for the public record.

The Wandering Who?

George Galloway on The Wandering Who?:
During an interview with Atzmon on his RT (formerly Russia Today) Sputnik television programme, British politician George Galloway said that he was "enthralled" by Atzmon's book.[62][63]
Jeffrey Goldberg on The Wandering Who?:
In The AtlanticJeffrey Goldberg quoted Atzmon as claiming that Jews 'specialize in the trafficking of body parts', referring to Atzmon's blog which cited an Israeli investigation into suspected trafficking of body parts.[70] Goldberg also referenced Atzmon's belief that "the Jews persecuted Hitler", quoting a statement in Atzmon's blog that the Nazi boycott against Jewish stores and goods was simply a response to "the declaration of war on Germany by the worldwide Jewish leadership".[71] Goldberg also takes John Mearsheimer to task for "endorsing the writing of a man who espouses neo-Nazi views.”[72] Mearsheimer replied via his co-author professor Stephen Walt's blog that "There is no question that the book is provocative, both in terms of its central argument and the overly hot language that Atzmon sometimes uses. But it is also filled with interesting insights that make the reader think long and hard about an important subject...”[73]
General criticisms

David Landy:
In 2011, David Landy, an Irish academic and former chair of the Ireland Palestine Solidarity Campaign, wrote that Atzmon's words, "if not actually anti-Semitic, certainly border on it".[98] Tzofia Hirschfeld in August 2011 cited Atzmon as an example of Jewish antisemitism: "Gilad Atzmon, an Israeli jazz musician, defines himself as anti-Jewish and sees the torching of synagogues as a rational move."[99] 
Hope Not Hate:
In 2017, Hope not Hate said that "Atzmon is an antisemite who has promoted the works of Holocaust deniers".[110] 
References

62. Dysch, Marcus (27 January 2015). "BBC attacked over 'provocative' George Galloway Question Time appearance"The Jewish Chronicle. Retrieved 31 August 2016.

63. Cohen, Ben (12 February 2015). "Anti-Zionist British Parliamentarian George Galloway Launches Legal Action Against Journalist's 'Antisemite' Tweet"The Algemeiner. Retrieved 31 August 2016.

70. Goldberg quotes Atzmon fromAtzmon, Gilad (18 April 2010). "Symbolic Identifiers and Jewish Stereotypes". "Fagin is the ultimate plunderer, a child exploiter and usurer. Shylock is the blood-thirsty merchant. With Fagin and Shylock in mind Israeli barbarism and organ trafficking seem to be just other events in an endless hellish continuum." As an example of "organ trafficking" this cites Roffe-Ofir, Sharon (7 April 2010). "Reserve general suspected of organ trafficking"Ynet.

71. Gilad Atzmon 'Judea declares War on Obama,':'Not many people are aware that in March 1933, long before Hitler became the undisputed leader of Germany and began restricting the rights of German Jews, the American Jewish Congress announced a massive protest at Madison Square Gardens and called for an American boycott of German goods. . .The Express said that Germany was "now confronted with an international boycott of its trade, its finances, and its industry....in London, New York, Paris and Warsaw, Jewish businessmen are united to go on an economic crusade." Jewish texts tend to glaze over the fact that Hitler's March 28, 1933, ordering a boycott against Jewish stores and goods, was an escalation in direct response to the declaration of war on Germany by the worldwide Jewish leadership. In a Jewish history book, you won’t read about ‘Judea’s declaration of war against Nazi Germany’. In Jewish history texts chronology always launches when Jewish suffering begins. Jewish history transcends itself beyond the notion of causality. It persuades us that persecution of Jews occurs out of nowhere.'

72. Jump up
Jeffrey Goldberg, "John Mearsheimer Endorses a Hitler Apologist and Holocaust Revisionist"The Atlantic, 23 September 2011.


98. Landy, David (2011). Jewish Identity and Palestinian Rights: Diaspora Jewish Opposition to Israel. London: Zed Books. p. 167. ISBN 978-1-84813-926-8.

99. "Jewish anti-Semites do exist". Ynetnews. 9 August 2011.

110. Paul Meszaros "Gilad Atzmon heads to Reading" Hope Not Hate 20 October 2017

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