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Feb-27-2013 23:39printcomments

Twitter Sabbath Goy of the Year Award.....

After more than a century of Palestinian struggle, a leading Palestinian blogger is found to be clueless about basic and fundamental matters.

Ali Abunimah
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Learn more about Gilad by visiting his Website

( LONDON) - One may wonder what brings a Palestinian activist to compose such a twit? Does Ali Abunimah really care about Judaism and its reputation? And why does he believe that Zionism conspires to ‘trick’ us to ‘blame the Jews’?

I guess that Ali has yet to grasp the distinction to be made between Jews (the people), Judaism (the religion) and Jewishness (culture and ideology). No surprise considering his somewhat dated vision on the issues of Zionism.

Ali should know that no one actually blames ‘the Jews’ for Israeli and Zionist crimes. Certainly, some look into Jewish ideology (Jewishness), others look into Jewish culture, a few of us are looking into some of those vile, Talmudic teachings and many of us are intrigued by the goy hatred that is deeply rooted (also) in Jewish secularism (Zionist and anti Zionist alike). Some of us are studying Jewish political exclusivity and Jewish supremacy that is inherent to Jewish left and right while a lot of us are interested in Jewish political power and the Jewish Lobby.

In case Ali failed to notice, Israel defines itself as the 'Jewish State'. It commits crimes in the name of the Jewish people. Its airplanes and tanks are decorated with Jewish symbols. So is it not our ethical and intellectual duty to ask who are the Jews? What is Judaism and what is Jewishness? Considering the crimes committed by the Jewish State against Ali’s brothers and sisters in Palestine,  it is our moral duty to question the relationships between Jews, Judaism, Jewishness and Zionism?

It is depressing, however, to find that, after more than a century of Palestinian struggle, a leading Palestinian blogger is found to be clueless about these basic and fundamental matters. Still, ignorance is no a crime – it can sometimes even be cute.

If only Twitter would only allow Ali some more characters, his message could have read:

“No matter how much Zionism does in its effort to blacken the name of Judaism, NEVER fall for its trick and blame Jews for Israel’s crimes because it may upset JVP and George Soros...”

 

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The Wandering Who? A Study Of Jewish Identity Politics, Jewish Left's  spin and Sabbath Goyim' spiel   Amazon.com  or Amazon.co.uk

The wandering who- Gilad Atzmon

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Gilad Atzmon was born in Israel in 1963 and had his musical training at the Rubin Academy of Music, Jerusalem (Composition and Jazz). As a multi-instrumentalist he plays Soprano, Alto, Tenor and Baritone Saxes, Clarinet and Flutes. His album Exile was the BBC jazz album of the year in 2003. He has been described by John Lewis on the Guardian as the “hardest-gigging man in British jazz".

Gilad Atzmon's essays are widely published. His novels 'Guide to the perplexed' and 'My One And Only Love' have been translated into 24 languages.

As a member of the Blockheads, Gilad has also recorded and performed with Ian Dury, Robbie Williams, Sinead O'Connor and Paul McCartney. Gilad has also recorded with Robert Wyatt, the Water Boys and many others. Learn more about Gilad by visiting his Website



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