Gilad Atzmon–Tribalism, Racism and Projection – Part 2


By Gilad Atzmon

2nd part of two – In this part I explore the misleading role of Jewish politics (both  Zionist and anti Zionist) within the ‘anti racist’ campaign.

To read the 1st part click here.

Racism  is a big word with some very bad connotations.  Being accused of racism  is one of the most hurtful and potentially damaging labels around. And  yet, how many ‘racists’ really think in ‘biological determinist’ terms?  How many ‘racists’ out there really think in terms of ‘genes,’ or even  ‘skin colour’? I guess not that many.

While acknowledging that  racism had a significant cultural, and politically lethal impact between  the late 19th century and the middle of the last century, in today’s  politics, the word ‘racism’ is often misused, mistakenly used, or in  some cases, consciously used to mislead and even to silence.

Though  discrimination against minority groups is unfortunately common and  totally unacceptable, it is not necessarily always motivated by crude  racism. Islamophobia, for instance, is commonly regarded as a  contemporary manifestation of racism but I would challenge such an  understanding. Islamophobia, I contend, is not driven by racism, but  rather, it is actually a crude symptom of intolerance — xenophobia  manifested as hatred, bigotry and discrimination. My English Muslim  convert friends are often subjected to abuse by Jewish campaigners (both  Zionist and ‘anti’ Zionists)  and the English Defence League — but not because of their ‘genes’,  ‘biology’ or the colour of their skin, but rather because they are  ‘different’; because they challenge Western value system and because  they oppose Israel and its lobbies. Clearly, they are perceived by some  as a ‘public enemy’ but that reaction cannot always be understood solely  as ‘racism’ per se.

Similarly, it is beyond doubt that it is not  easy to be black in ‘multi cultural’ Britain. Being a jazz musician I  see first hand how my black friends are often treated in this country  and I see plenty of evidence of institutional anti-black bigotry. I read  about black youngsters being stopped and searched by police between one  to four times a day. This is unacceptable and clear evidence of  discrimination.

But is this really always about racism? Is it  driven solely by ‘biological determinism’? Is it really about ‘genes’,  ‘blood’ or ‘skin colour’?  This is indeed an open question and obviously  I would not rule out the possibility of anti- black (biological)  racism. However, I tend to believe that in contemporary multi ethnic  societies, most cases of anti-black bigotry and discrimination are  various manifestations of deep, thuggish xenophobic feelings mixed with  some examples of deep, and sinister cultural intolerance. In other  words, often enough, the contemporary bigot is not concerned at all with  biological matters but rather with social constructs and culturally  driven symbolism(1).  This is surely a matter of serious concern, and in  some case it is driven by murderous inclinations and it must be dealt with, but it isn’t necessarily (biological) racism per se.

But  if it is not racism, what is it then?  I reiterate, that these are  better understood as different forms of deep cultural and political  intolerance within the context of some severe and troubled ethnic  interrelations.

So one might ask, why do we restrict our  understanding of what fighting ‘racism’ means, when it is actually more  likely to be forms of intolerance, ethnic tension and cultural  discrimination which we should be protesting against?

I suggest  that the confusion here between ‘deep intolerance’, ‘cultural  discrimination’ and ‘racism’ is actually no coincidence — rather it is  there to serve a clear Zionist political cause. Peculiarly enough, it is  there to maintain a clear racial orientation and segregation at the  heart of the multi-cultural discourse.  In many cases, those who  ‘oppose’ racism must be able to think in racial categories first,  otherwise their opposition would be in vain.(2)

Paradoxically  then, ‘anti racism’ which many of us identify with, may in some cases  evolve into a racially driven discourse. Often, it can even jeopardise  the process of natural integration and the shift towards harmonious  social relationships (3).  It may even dismantle true self-reflective  and mirroring process amongst both the victim and the aggressor.

For  within a public discourse controlled by ‘anti-racist’ ideology, the  victim of any racist slur is immediately redeemed. He or she does not  have to self-reflect on his or her actions, for there is not much he or  she can do about their ‘biologically determined conditions’.  Zionists  and Hasbara campaigners(4), for instance, tend to dismiss any possible  criticism of Jewish politics and Israeli actions as ‘anti-Semitism’. By  so doing, they basically ‘switch off’.  They are able to ignore their  surrounding reality by referring to any possible criticism of their  actions as just another example of blind, ‘racially’ driven hatred  towards Jews.  Instead of taking the criticisms on board and examining  them by means of self-reflection, Jewish political discourse has evolved  into an insular and window-less discourse.

In the following video Israeli veteran MK  Shulamit Aloni admits that tossing ‘antisemitism’ is an old Zionist trick:

Equally,  the so-called ‘racist’ or ‘aggressor’ can also dismiss the anti-racist  call because his or her criticism is largely ignored. The ‘aggressor’  knows that in most cases, the issue is not actually about ‘race’ per-se  but rather about some acute political, cultural and ideological issues,  so this enables him or her to ignore the issue altogether. In spite of  the fact that within the contemporary anti Zionist discourse no one  criticises Jews for being Jews or employing any racially driven ideology  or terminology, Israeli Hasbara and Zionists agents attempt to silence  Israel’s political critics by tossing the anti-Semitic label in the air.  This tactic obviously fails to silence Israel’s critics but it  certainly maintains an abyss of mutual deafness between Zionists and  their critics. So we are left with two parallel discourses that have  lost all hope of any future exchange.

I believe that this fact  alone emphasises how grave is the prospect of peace.  Anti-racist  politics is in constant danger of erecting walls of deafness that  maintain intellectual, political and ethnic segregation at the heart of  our public discourse. Rather than promoting hope, integration,  tolerance, harmony, assimilation and dialogue – anti-racism could easily  promote deafness and insularity exactly where attentiveness and  exchange are most needed.

It took me some time to realise that in  many cases it is Zionist and Jewish lobbies that maintain and promote  the ‘anti-racism’ political discourse, and they do so for two main  reasons:

  1. Being submerged in a racially driven discourse themselves, they are bound to think in terms of racial political categories.
  2. Racism/anti  racism is convenient because it removes any responsibility from the  victim. If Jews are hated just for ‘being Jews’, then the Jew is  ethically flawless.

The implications of all this are grave -  as long as Jewish identity politics  and Zionism are shielded by  categorical definitions of ‘anti-racism’, Jews can avoid any form of  self-reflection.

But Jews and Zionists are not alone here: the  Left also is interested in an anti-racist discourse because it maintains  the Left’s relevance as being in the vanguard of progressive ‘ethical  insight’. The Left has set itself up as the defender of the weak, and  this is indeed adorable. Through the years the Left has sided with the  ‘blacks’, with the ‘Zionists’, with the ‘Jew’, with the ‘Iraqi,’ and  even with the ‘Palestinian’. But for some reason, the Left has failed to  side with the leading contemporary anti-imperialist force — the  Muslim. The Left has also failed to recognise that in Europe, the Muslim  is the real oppressed working class and the Left clearly failed to side  with the democratically elected Hamas or the Egyptian Muslim  Brotherhood. I suggest that the Left’s failure to side with the Muslim  is symptomatic of a deep and inherent Western intolerance: the Left is  not racist, but it is fundamentally soaked with cultural and ideological  intolerance — possibly a state of mind related to the practicality and  pragmatism of being ‘a progressive’ (5).  I guess that some people may  feel very ‘special’ just because they believe in equality

Naturally,  the ’cause’ of ‘anti racism’ binds together some elements within the  Left with the Zionists and the Hasbara campaign. Arguably, so-called  ‘anti racist’ politics has become just another symptom of the  Zionification of the Western political discourse with the supportive  Left seen as a mere Zionist instrument.  This may explain why the UK’s  leading anti-racist campaign group Hope not Hate(6) is an offshoot of  the Zionist Searchlight Magazine,  it also explains why the same  Zionist Hope not hate attempts to censor the freedom of speech of Muslim leaders in Britain.  It explains why the alleged ‘anti’ racist Harry’s Place  (closely  affiliated with Hope not hate) won the UK section of the Islamic Human  Rights Commission’s  ‘Annual Islamophobia Awards’ in 2006.  In Germany  the ‘anti’ racist Antideutsche –Anti Fa coalition is openly pro-Israel, pro-Zionist and also anti Islam. My  guess is that these rabid Zionist and pro Zionist campaign groups  planted themselves at the heart of the so-called Left just to make sure  that from there they would be better able to fight Israel’s enemies. But  it goes further. In the last UK Palestinian Solidarity Campaign’s AGM,  two Jewish campaigners who openly operate within an exclusive  ‘Jews only’ political cell  (J-BIG) proposed a motion against racism. I guess that the absurdity of  the situation is clear and doesn’t need further elucidation.

So,  as we can now see, some of the leading supremacist and intolerant forces  within our contemporary political discourse have managed to locate  themselves directly at the very heart of the ‘anti-racist’ call.   Furthermore, as it becomes clear that Israel and its  lobbies are the driving force behind Islamophobia, it is pretty astonishing to find out that Zionist  bodies also dominate the ‘anti-racist’ discourse.  The meaning of it is  pretty simple – racism and its opposition has gradually become an  internal Jewish affair.

The conclusion is simple. It’s time for us  to move on, to admit that racism and biological determinism have no  significant role in today’s public and political discourse. We must   re-think and redefine exactly what it is that leads towards social  discrimination and cultural intolerance. Racism in its crude form  largely belongs to the past. Our multi-ethnic universe is not inherently  racist and therefore anti-racism cannot be a universal call.   In many  cases, ‘anti racist politics’ is actually there to divert the attention  from some institutional discriminatory policies and ideologies.

It  is increasingly obvious that the anti-racism campaign, in its current  form, is there to serve some clear political interests, and is largely  controlled by racially driven Zionists, Jewish lobbies and Jewish  pressure groups. It is there to silence any criticism of the Israeli  lobby, Israel, Jewish politics and Zionism.

I began this paper by  asking why should any Jew feel guilty for crimes that are committed by  other people whom he or she does not know and with whom he or she is not  affiliated? The answer should by now be obvious: Rather than liberating  the rest of humanity from racism, Zionists, Hasbara campaigners and  Jewish ‘anti’ Zionists should first emancipate themselves from their own  racially-driven ideologies – And stopping projecting their own  tribalism onto their surrounding reality would certainly be a good place  to start.

Notes

  1. I  tend to believe that clashes between ethnic and political groups in  Britain are fuelled by social tension and demography rather than by  hatred towards skin colour.
  2. One cannot contemplate over the meaning of anti X without obtaining first a certain comprehension of X
  3. Minority  groups engaged in varied discourses of victimhood (for instance), may  miss some opportunities to integrate into wider social, ethnic and  political structures.
  4. Hasbara-Israeli propaganda
  5. Which is in practice not different from Jewish secular sense of ‘choseness’.
  6. According to its official website HOPE not hate is “Searchlight’s campaign to counter racism and fascism.”
  1. #1 by rehmat1 on February 20, 2012 - 6:39 pm

    Gilad Atzmon is one of rare Jews. I think he could be the new Jewish messiah who has united the Zionists and racist Jews against himself.

    http://rehmat1.wordpress.com/2011/09/26/gilad-atzmon-the-jewish-messiah/

  2. #2 by equalizer on February 20, 2012 - 11:34 pm

    rehmat1, I thought that was me!

  3. #3 by Flipper on February 21, 2012 - 3:49 pm

    People are taught to be offended, and are so scared of racism, they imagine it.

    Maybe there should be laws against ism’ing the poor too. Nah, the rich Jews?

    Nobody will ever be pure, so that means we’re all Nigerians♥ =)

  4. #4 by Ingrid B on February 21, 2012 - 5:58 pm

    Some years ago, the cops in Oslo stopped a black guy, who was riding a really first class bicycle. They then discovered that he had a bag of 5 kroner coins, and automatically assumed that he`d a. stolen the bike, and b. stolen the coins..

    I knew Al, (Bishop.) He told me that he once came face to face with Jagger, (Mick,) at LA airport, and that Jagger gave him a filthy look, and walked on..

    There will always be racism of one form, or another..

  5. #5 by equalizer on February 21, 2012 - 6:10 pm

    Last night I was viewing some photos of my “favorite, favorite”, and inserted in the collection was a muted picture with someone and the caption that read, “Dolphins Rape Humans”……..then, there was another muted photo, with a caption that stated this person had a terminal disease……..

    Flipper, don’t threaten me or anyone again.

  6. #6 by MJ on February 22, 2012 - 12:06 pm

    Gilad Atzmon dissects the frog called anti racism and had found that the jugular vein is Jewish.

    Much of what is swept about as racism is a result of political and social problems. The majority of peoples living in most countries in the world would not appreciate their tribes being displaced by other tribes in their own land. This is not a racist sentiment.
    Having said that, regarding The British they are just reaping the reward for the displacement of other peoples around the world that they have sown over many centuries.

  7. #7 by ruby22shoes on February 22, 2012 - 5:19 pm

    I found this article overlong; it ended up confusing me. Usually impressed with Atzmon…….
    IMO I think we have ‘fear of the other’ in our genetic memory. Our genetic memory I think of it as instinct, survival instinct.

    Then when we’re older our experiences either reinforce the fear or we understand that each person is unique. We outgrow the stereotypes. We become friends with people outside our family of different religions, races and class.

    Zionism cannot exist without antisemitism. ‘Israel’ was supposed to be a safe haven for Jews, ironically it is the most dangerous place in the world because of Jewish racism.

    IMO, these zionists are addicted to chaos, whine that other countries do it when caught in their vicious cruelty, bullies par excellence.

    The zionist regime has no clothes—-their naked racism is on view for the whole world to see, if we simply Open OUR eyes. That is all.

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