March 04, 2007

Scots Palestine Solidarity on "Jewishness"

That's a cheeky little headline. It's actually Scottish PSC on Gilad Atzmon but people (including me but excluding him) are sick of seeing him in headlines here. It seems they now regret their hosting of Gilad Atzmon at an event of theirs. This is an excerpt from an article by Mick Napier of SPSC:
Shamir is in perfect solidarity with Gilad Atzmon, and the intense admiration is returned: “What I love about Eisen, Shamir, Blankfort and many others, rather than talking in the name of the Jews they talk in the name of reason and ethics.”* Both Shamir and Atzmon agree that the enemy is not really Zionism itself, but the Jewish essence which creates Zionism. Deriding any notion that Zionism might be a strategic asset of the US and Europe, both see Zionism as inherent in Jewishness, which becomes the main enemy. Shamir uses language that reminds one of the ranting of the person he doesn’t want to “demonise” when he adds in the same article about Gilad Atzmon, that "it is a question of spirit, the Judaic spirit we find at the basis of Zionism."

Griffin-supporter Shamir doesn’t stint in his praise for Atzmon: “Our friends Gilad Atzmon, Paul Eisen and Mary Rizzo are the shining stars of the battle, and they are doing good by defeating the adversary…Gilad takes up the tools of modern philosophical discourse ... to explain our position: why we are against domination by Judaic spirit." In line with Domingo’s “strong and clear voice” asserting that “We must deny the concept of Holocaust without doubt and hesitation,” Shamir gives Gilad a pat on the head, because "Gilad correctly stated that ‘holocaust denier’ is but a Zionist term." Nick “Griffin and of other anti-bourgeois nationalists”, the voices that Shamir says we need, would agree, even though the BNP are attracted to Israel’s militarism and racism. They drool at the Israeli jackboot on the Palestinian neck and one million Israeli/US cluster bombs transported through Scotland and dropped on Arab towns and villages in Lebanon.
This is timely because Gilad Atzmon and co have been rewriting various articles and comments lately with a view to litigation. One of his cohorts recently asked commentors to cool it with the links to known nazis because of the embarrassment this was causing.

It's particularly encouraging that it was someone I believe to be a high profile activist with Respect that pointed me in the direction of Mick Napier's article. Hopefully he will point his SWP comrades in the same direction.

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