Gilad Atzmon – War On Terror Within: The End of Jewish History
By Gilad Atzmon •
Mar 18th, 2009 at 9:59
The issue I am going to discuss today is probably the most important thing I’ve ever had to say about Israeli brutality and contemporary Jewish identity. I assume that I could have shaped my thought into a wide-ranging book or an analytical academic text but instead, I will do the very opposite, I will make it as short and as simple as possible.
In the weeks that have just
passed we had been witness to an Israeli genocidal campaign against the
Palestinian civilian population in
This level of group barbarism cries for an explanation. The task ahead can be easily defined as the quest for a realisation of Israeli collective brutality. How is it that a society has managed to lose its grip of any sense of compassion and mercy?
The Terror Within
More than anything else, the Israelis and their supportive Jewish communities are terrorised by the brutality they find in themselves. The more ruthless the Israelis are, the more frightened they become. The logic is simple. The more suffering one inflicts on the other, the more anxious one becomes of the possible potential deadly capacity around. In broad terms, the Israeli projects on the Palestinian, Arab, Muslim and Iranian the aggression which he finds in himself. Considering the fact that Israeli brutality is now proved to be with no limit and with no comparison, their anxiety is as at least as great.
Seemingly, the Israelis are
fearful of themselves being the henchmen. They are engaged in a deadly battle
with the terror within. But the Israeli
is not alone. The Diaspora Jew who rallies in support support
of a state that pours white phosphorous on civilians is caught in the exact
same devastating trap. Being an enthusiastic backer of an overwhelming crime, he
is horrified by the thought that the cruelty he happens to find in himself may
manifest itself in others. The Diaspora Jew who supports
There is no Israeli - Palestinian Conflict
What we see here is a clear formation of a vicious cycle in which the Israeli and his supporters are becoming an insular fireball of vengeance that is fuelled by some explosive internal aggression. The meaning of it all is pretty revealing. Since Palestinians cannot militarily confront Israeli aggression and destructive capacity, we are entitled to argue that there is no Israeli-Palestinian conflict. All there is, is Israeli psychosis in which the Israeli is being shattered with anxiety by the reflection of his own ruthlessness. Being regarded as the Nazis of our time, the Israeli is thus doomed to seeing a Nazi in everyone. Similarly, there is no rise in anti-Semitism either. The Diaspora Zionist Jew is simply devastated by the possibility that someone out there is as ethically corrupted and merciless as he himself proved to be. In short, Israeli politics and Zionist lobbying should be seen as no less than a lethal Zio-centric collective paranoia on the verge of total psychosis.
Is there a way to redeem the
Zionist of his bloody expedition? Is there a way to change the course of
history, to save the Israelis and their supporters from total depravity? Probably
the best way to pose this question is to ask whether there is a way to save the
Israeli and the Zionist from themselves. As one may gather, I am not exactly
interested in saving Israelis or Zionists, however, I do grasp that redeeming
Zionists of their transgression may bring a prospect of peace to Palestine, Iraq
and probably the rest of us. For those who fail to see it,
The Shrink from
Many years ago, so we are told,
there was an Israelite who lived amongst his brethren in the
It is rather apparent that
Jesus’ lesson paved the way to the formation of western universal ethics. Modern
political ideologies drew their lesson from the Christian prospect. Marx’s
normative search for equality can be seen as a secular rewriting of Jesus’ notion
of brotherhood. And yet, not a single political ideology has managed to integrate
the deepest notion of Jesus’ grace. To seek peace is primarily to search for
one within. While Israelis and their Neocon twins
would aim at achieving peace by means of deterrence, true peace is achieved by
the search for harmony within. As a Lacanian scholar
may suggest, to love your neighbour is actually to
love yourself loving your neighbour. The case of the
Israeli is the complete opposite. As they manage to prove time after time, they
are really loving themselves hating their neighbours or in short, they simply love themselves hating
in general. They hate almost everything: the neighbour,
the Arab, Chavez, the German, Islam, the Goy, Pork, the Pope, the Palestinian, the
Church, Jesus, Hamas, calamari and
It must be mentioned at this
point that the ˜War Against Terror within” is not exactly a Jewish
invention. Everyone, whether it is nations, peoples or individuals,
are a potential subject to it. The consequences of American nuclear murderous
And yet, within the western
discourse a correction mechanism is in place. Unlike the Jewish state that is
getting radicalised by its own
self feeding paranoia, in the West, evil is somehow confronted and contained
eventually. The murderer is denounced and hope for peace
is somehow reinstated till further notice. Not that I hold my breath for
President Obama bringing any change, one thing is
rather clear, Obama was voted in to bring a change. Obama is a symbol of our genuine attempt to curtail evil. In the Jewish state, not only it doesn’t happen, it can never
happen. The difference between
What Kind Of Father Is That?
“Then when the Lord your God brings you to the land he promised your ancestors Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob to give you –“ a land with large, fine cities you did not build, houses filled with choice things you did not accumulate, hewn out cisterns you did not dig, and vineyards and olive groves you did not plant – and you eat your fill.” (Deuteronomy: 6: 10 -11).
"When the Lord your God brings you into the land you are entering to possess and drives out before you many nations…then you must destroy them totally. Make no treaty with them and show them no mercy.” (Deuteronomy 7:1-2)
At this point we may try to attempt and to grasp the root cause behind the severe lack of compassion within the Israeli discourse and its supportive lobbies. I believe that an elaboration on the troubled relationships between the Jews and their different Gods may throw some light on the topic. It is rather obvious that the ever growing list of Jewish “Gods”, “Idols” and “Father-figures” is slightly problematic at least as far as ethics and kindness are concerned. The very relationship between “the son” and the “non-ethical father” must be explored. The philosopher Ariella Atzmon (who happens to be my mother) defines the complexity of the false beginning as the “Fagin Syndrome”. Charles Dickens’ Fagin is a “kidsman”, an adult who recruits children and trains them as pickpockets and thieves, exchanging food and shelter for goods the children steal. Though the kids must be grateful towards their master, they must also despise him for turning them into thieves and pickpockets. The kids realise that Fagin’s goods are all stolen and his kindness is far from being genuinely honest or pure. Sooner or later the kids will turn against their master Fagin in an attempt to liberate themselves of the immoral catch.
From a father-son perspective, the
Biblical Jewish God Jehovah is no different from what we might see in the Fagin
syndrome. The father of
However, bearing in mind the common secularist perception that Gods are actually invented by people, one may wonder, what leads to the invention of such an “unethical God”? What makes people follow the rules of such a God? It would be also interesting to find out what kind of alternative Gods Jews happened to pick or invent once Jehovah has been shunned.
Since emancipation, more than just a few Jews had been disassociating themselves from the traditional tribal setting and rabbinical Judaism. Many intermingled with their surrounding realities, dropped their chosen entitlement and turned into ordinary human beings. Many other Jews insisted upon dropping God yet maintaining their racially orientated tribal affiliation. They decided to base their tribal belonging on ethnic, racial, political, cultural and ideological grounds rather than the Judaic precept. Though they noticeably dropped Jehovah they insisted upon adopting a secularist view that was soon shaped into a monolithic religious-like precept. All throughout the 20th century, the two religious-like political ideologies that had been found to be most appealing by the Jewish masses were Marxism and Zionism.
Marxism can be easily portrayed as a secular universal ethical ideology. However, within the process of transformation into a Jewish tribal precept, Marxism has managed to lose any traces of humanism or universalism. As we know, early Zionist ideology and practice was largely dominated by Jewish leftists who regarded themselves as true followers of Marx. They genuinely believed that celebrating their Jewish national revival at the expense of Palestinians was a legitimate socialist endeavour.
Interestingly enough, their opponents, the anti-Zionist Bund of the East European Jewish Labour, didn’t really believe in the institutional robbery of the Palestinians, instead, they believed that taking from rich European is a great universal mitzvah on the path towards social justice.
The following are a few lines from The Bund’s anthem
We swear our stalwart hate persists,
Of those who rob and kill the poor:
The Tsar, the masters, capitalists.
Our vengeance will be swift and sure.
So swear together to live or die!
Without engaging in questions having to do with ethics or political affiliation, it is rather obvious that the Jewish Marxist anthem is overwhelmingly saturated with “hate” and “vengeance”. As much as Jews were enthusiastic about Marx, Marxism, Bolshevism and equality, the end of the story is known. Jews en masse dropped Marx a long time ago. They somehow left the revolution to some enlightened Goyim such as Hugo Chavez and Evo Morales. Leaders who truly internalised in the real meaning of universal equality and ethics.
Though in the late 19th century and the early 20th century, Marxism found many followers amongst European Jews, following the Holocaust, Zionism has gradually become the voice of world Jewry. Like Fagin, the Zionist Gods and Idols: Herzl, Ben Gurion, Nordau, Weizmann, promised their followers a new unethical beginning. Robbing the Palestinians was their path towards a long overdue historical justice. Zionism transformed the Old Testament from a spiritual text into a land registry. But again as in the case of Jehovah, the Zio God transformed the Jew into a thief, it promised him someone else’s property. This in itself may explain the Israeli resentment towards Zionism and Zionist ideology. Israelis prefer to see themselves as the natural dwellers of the land rather than pioneers in a non-ethical Jewish Diaspora colonial project. The Israeli Jew furnishes his political stand by means of severe ethical escapism. This may explain the fact that as much as the Israelis love their wars, they really hate to fight them. They are not willing to die for a big abstract remote ideology such as the “Jewish nation” or “Zionism”. They overwhelmingly prefer to drop white phosphorous and cluster bombs from afar.
However, along the relatively
short history of modern Jewish nationalism the Zio
God made friends with some other Gods and kosher idols. Back in 1917 Lord Balfour promised the Jews
that they would erect their national home in
I believe that the most
interesting Jewish belief system of them all is the Holocaust Religion, which
the Israeli Philosopher Yeshayahu Leibowitz
rightly defined as the “new Jewish religion”. The most interesting aspect of
the Holocaust religion is its God-figure, namely “the Jew”. The Jewish follower of that newly formed
dogmatic precept believes in “the Jew”, the one who redeemed oneself. The one who “survived” the “ultimate genocidal” event. The
followers believe in “the Jew”, the “innocent” victim sufferer who returned to
his “promised land” and now celebrates his successful revival narrative. To a certain extent, within the Holocaust
religious discourse, the Jew believes in “the Jew”, expressed as his/her powers
and his/her eternal qualities. Within the newly formed religious framework,
If there is an end to history, the
Holocaust religion embodies the very end of Jewish history. In the light of the
Holocaust religion the “Father” and the “Son” unite at last. At least in the case of
Historically Jews have shunned
many Gods, they dropped Jehovah, they dumped Marx, some
have never followed Zionism. But in the light of the Holocaust religion, while
bearing in mind the scenes from
I wonder how many Jews will be courageous enough to shun their esoteric newly formed father-figure. Will they be courageous enough to join the rest of humanity adopting a universal ethical discourse? Whether the Jew drops “The Jew”, only time will tell. Just to remove any doubt, I did drop my “Jew” a long time ago and I am doing fine.