The Times Rides Again
- The Times newspaper (the Old Lady of London) attacked Gilad Atzmon,
Paul Eisen and Israel Shamir again. The article by the well-known
Zionist and Blairite, David Aaronovitch can be seen on
a view from the Left:
A view from the Right:
Here are some responses:
From Israel Shamir to the Times:
Re: Aaronovitch How Did the Far Left
To my annoyance, this is a second time in one month your newspaper
describes me as a "Swedish fascist" who "claims to be a Russian Jew
from Jaffa" (Aaronovitch) or a "Swedish anti-Semite" (Pollard). When
such ridiculous claims are published by obscure ADL-financed
publications, one can shrug it off. When these claims are repeated by
what was once the leading newspaper of the Empire, one is amazed by
the lack of professional approach. A Times correspondent in Tel Aviv
can visit me anytime and check whether I am a six-foot-tall blond
Aryan supremacist with Swedish accent or not; there are thousands of
Israelis who know me since 1968 when I came to Israel from the Soviet
Union. I published many books including a translation of Joyce's
Ulysses, I served in an elite unit of the Israeli army, I was seen at
the demonstrations in Bethlehem and Ramallah. I do belong to the
Israeli Left. Israeli newspapers wrote about me many times; my
biography was researched and combed by friends and enemies; but none
rushed to reprint these silly rumours. If an overseas phone call is
too expensive for you, the newspaper could ask Tim Sebastian or other
old BBC hands, for I worked there in 1970s.
I do not mind being attacked by the likes of Pollard (his own article
begins with: 'I am a warmonger. I am bloodthirsty. I am rabid.') and
Aaronovitch (a Zionist cheerleader of the Iraqi War) actually their
support would be a greater embarrassment. But your readers deserve a
better researched reporting. They can read more on
http://www.israelshamir.net/english/Times_attacks.htm where they can
view so many letters to the Times you chose not to publish.
They are also entitled to know that the Aaronovitch's article is but a
rehash of a lengthy piece by an ostensibly anti-zionist Jewish Trot
from JPUK on a far left site
including quotes and errors. While these Trots do not mind to have a
certified warmonger and Zionist as their bedfellow, all antiwar and
antizionist forces may postpone their strife until better days.
P.O. Box 23714 Jaffa-Tel Aviv 61236 Israel
From Rowan Berkeley to the Times:
It is intriguing to see Mr Aaronovitch straying from his usual
Grauniad territory into yours, because it suggests an attempt to
outflank the leftists and centrists from the right, before they manage
to slip the leash and combine their various anti-zionist arguments
into one broad front.
I say "leftists and centrists", because despite Mr Aaronovitch's
"browns under the bed" scare tactics, there are few or no right
wingers involved in anti-zionism. There are merely different schools
of thought regarding the nature of, and consequently the correct mode
of attack upon, Zionism, and the undeniable climate of global Jewish
privilege that sustains it.
According to the perpetually recycled world-war-two hysteria that Mr
Aaronovitch and the neoconservative movement (odd bedfellows, one
would have thought) seek to implant upon the twenty first century,
"the Jews" are still "the canaries in the coal mine of freedom" and
anything that discommodes any of their many and ferociously
antagonistic factions calls forth "beware the fascist beast" rhetoric.
However, the real world has moved on since world-war-two, and the
substantive questions of holocaust numerology, comparative atrocity
propaganda, blood libels, etc., are less important to most real world
players than the psychology of perpetual Jewish endangeredness itself,
which fits ill on a global super-power with special protective
legislation enforced in all the "free countries of the world".
Mr Aaronovitch would be well advised to dismount from his "anti-nazi"
high horse and inspect his troops. There may be fewer of them than he
yours sincerely, etc
Berkeley to Aaronovitch:
Dear David Aaronovitch,
I know Atzmon and Shamir personally, though not Eisen or Zundel.
The four of them seem to constitute a continuum of intensity of
challenge to the no-go nature of the Holocaust. Gilad is at the soft
end of this continuum, which is why he is attacked most often, as
being the easiest target; then comes Eisen, then Shamir, then Zundel
(the only non-Jew - your description of Shamir as a 'Swedish fascist'
is grounded solely in a decontextualised rumour, which is itself based
on the simple fact that he has, apparently, an alter ego under the
name Joren Jermas : I invite you to discover any writing by this
Jermas, nazistic or otherwise).
Maybe the distinction between "anti-Semitism" and "anti-Zionism" is
being not blurred but CHALLENGED, or maybe DECONSTRUCTED?
From Nancy Harb Almendras to the Times:
Enough with the red herrings and the obfuscations (David Aaronovitch,
June 28) which abound in "How Far did the far left manage to slip into
bed with the Jew-hating right?" Good grief. The children of Zahra
Zaboun are heartsick because she died recently at an Israeli
checkpoint. Her crime? She wanted to attend Friday prayers.
The pages of your opinion section should be railing against this
Israeli crime against humanity instead of smearing Gilad Atzmon, who
courageously left Israel because he could no longer tolerate the
abuses of Zionism. Your editorial writers might question why Johnny
Thalijiah, a Greek Orthodox altar boy, was shot by an Israeli sniper
while standing around his cousin's store, instead of Aaronvitch's
inanities re Atzmon. Your editorial writers might look up Maria
Khoury, the Christian Palestinian who picked up bullets off her son's
bed and wondered what offended the Israeli soldiers who fired them.
Was it the sign fron the World Council of Churches that said "End the
Occupation" she wondered?
Atzmon empathizes with the suffering of the Palestinians, and has won
the heart of this Palestinian, and I say with certainty, knowing my
people, that I am among a majority, in spite of the unnamed
Palestinian musician who refused to work with Atzmon, to whom
Aaranovitch refers. Aaraonvich throws out obfuscations in order to
keep the British public ignorant of Zionist atrocities. It is clear
that Aztmon works in the interests of humanity, while Aaronvitch
serves a government which perpetuates crimes against it.
Nancy Harb Almendras
From Eric Walberg
In "How did the far Left manage to slip into bed with the Jew-hating
Right?" (28/6/5), David Aaronovitch states that Atzmon's "tirades have
got him into trouble with more than just the Jewish community." As if
that is some kind of no-no. Maybe the Jewish community is wrong about
certain things. Maybe we are all wrong about certain things. Rather
than rushing to sling mud at brave, lonely voices trying to set the
record straight, maybe we should set aside our prejudices and listen
Does Aaronovitch think that Atzmon takes his brave stands just for a
lark, or because he is uninformed or "a silly boy"? I suggest he look
at the fine philosophical writings of Atzmon at www.gilad.co.uk and
take pride in a fellow Jew who is willing to take on the formidable
Jewish establishment, calling it to account for the crimes that Israel
commits every day in its name.
Aaronovitch is terrible interested in the 'blood libel' tradition in
European folklore and makes this a central argument in his polemic
against Atzmon. While we have no way of knowing whether medieval Jews
actually drank non-Jewish children's blood, we do have Mordechai
Vanunu's uncle on video screaming "I will drink his blood!" after
Vanunu was 'freed' for telling the world the truth about Israel's
nuclear weapons program. Funny this fascination with drinking blood
among Jews. Brrrr.
And how he LOVES to throw around 'anti-semite' and 'fascist'. Israel
Shamir is not a fascist and I hope he can successfully sue Aaronovitch
for this slander. Is this mud slinging an example of the great Jewish
legal principle 'An eye for an eye etc'? Yes, yes - revennnge! Perhaps
Shakespeare's Shylock is the real Jew after all, despite Hollywood's
recent attempt to dress him up as a misunderstood victim of (yes!)
Aaronovitch casually refers to "Eisen's Holocaust-denying article"
though the article in question is no such thing. What it 'denies' is
what Israel and its Zionist fanatics have turned a terrible tragedy -
the murder of many people - into. These murders are now the basis of a
sick cult which is promoted to perpetrate yet more racist murders,
this time of Palestinians. It is also based on dubious stories, many
of which are fantasies and outright lies. Mr. Eisen merely protests
the perverse use that the 'Holocaust' as the tragedy is officially
called is being put to IN HIS NAME (as a Jew). All historical events
need to be studied and documented, especially when they are tooted as
being beyond all discussion, as the
Sure, call Atzmon "cretinous" or a "disorganised racist", despite his
brilliant writings, outstanding musicianship and courageous rejection
of the hideous racist state of Israel and his concern for its victims.
Keep digging David. There's lots more muck down there. But be careful
your house of cards doesn't collapse on you. Jews have a long history
of building up wealth and control in their 'host' societies, only to
'go beyond the Pale' and find themselves expelled or stripped of their
wealth or worse. I think we can all agree that Fukiyama's 'end of
history' was a trifle premature. That goes for the history of the Jews
too. Atzmon is merely trying to stop this reckless plunge by his
coreligionists (or co-ethnics or whatever) into the abyss. You should
be thanking him and Eisen, instead of slinging mud at them.
From Joachim Martillo
The Aaronovitch column is a pastiche of libels of Atzmon and Shamir
that Plaut and others have been circulating around Israel action
groups in the USA and (I assume) the UK for the past few years.
There is probably an ethical issue merely in Aaronovitch' claim to
have authored the article.
I am more concerned with an emerging pattern of attempts to silence
discussion both of ethnic Ashkenazi behavior in English-speaking
countries and also of Zionist colonizer behavior in Stolen and
Occupied Palestine. This pattern is not new. Ethnic Ashkenazi
communities were characterized by a culture that strictly controlled
deviance and divergent opinions among members until well into the 19th
century. Moreover in Eastern and Central Europe ethnic Ashkenazim
have a long history of resorting to slander, libel, harrassment by
frivolous law suits and other coercive tactics to silence external
critics of ethnic Ashkenazi behavior.
Over the past few months, Dershowitz has worked on blocking the
publication of Finkelstein's latest book. Charles Jacobs and the
David Project have put together a smear campaign (Columbia Unbecoming)
against Joseph Massad and other professors and preceptors at Columbia.
There is the beginning of a smear campaign at Princeton against
Khalidi to prevent an offer of a professorship. Now we are seeing
simultaneous attacks on Israelis and ex-Israelis sympathetic to
Palestinians. The targets seem to include Gilad Atzmon, Israel Shamir,
Jeff Halper, Avi Shlaim and Ilan Pappe, and there seems to be a fairly
clever attempt to get them to attack each other. Sympathetic non-Jews
like Susan Blackwell are apparently also on the radar screen. In
Boston, Fox and the Boston Herald have a long running smear campaign
against Yousuf Abou al-Laban and other members of the ISB. Charles
Jacobs and the JCRC Israel Action Center seem to be involved just as
they also seem to be involved in the campaign against Somerville
Divestment, in slandering me and in bribing Mayor Curtatone with a
free trip to Israel (in part sponsored by the AJC).
A lot of the material involved in these campaigns is old and has made
the rounds in Israel advocacy sessions for a few years, but these
actions to defame pro-Palestinian activists seem coordinated, and one
has too wonder from whom Maccoby and Greenstein are taking marching
orders in the attempt to get pro-Palestinian activists to start
bickering among themselves in order to create a distraction from the
ongoing and historic crimes of Zionism. Maccoby and Greenstein (and
Aaronovitch for that matter) seem too low in the food chain to be in
on the planning, but someone or some group seems to be supplying them
with a standard script, and I have the feeling that I am experiencing
a rerun of standard racist Ashkenazi tactics that have been applied
since Yiddish newspapers in the USA at the beginning of the 20th
century were attacked, ransacked or burnt down by Zionists when the
editors penned editorials suggesting that some of the tactics racist
Zionist colonizer militias used against the native population of
Palestine were questionable and unethical.
1] I read the accusation that Shamir was a Swedish Fascist about 2
years ago, and Shamir easily refuted it. A real editor would fire a
columnist that used the newspaper to spread demonstrably false propaganda.
 The behavior of ethnic Ashkenazim in the cattle and meat industry
in the Eastern Areas of the German Empire provided a particularly
nasty example of such collective pressure tactics against non-Jews
(and sometimes Jews of other ethnicities) that tried to get a share of
the market. Ashkenazim used vertical, horizontal and middle market
collusion and restraint of trade to bankrupt non-Ashkenazim in the
industry, and, when all else failed, they maliciously used the courts.
To be fair, I have to note that such behavior is common among
practically all ethnic groups in Eastern Europe and the Balkans.
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