The PCUSA’s Israel Palestine Mission Network has put an astonishing post on their Facebook page that strengthens my contention that the leadership, at least, of the IPMN is essentially anti-Semitic. It links to an article at Occupied Palestine (a site that itself links to anti-Semitic sites and propaganda) by Gilad Atzmon, a quintessential anti-Semitic Jew who has trafficked with Jew haters across the world.
In an article that first appeared at the anti-Semitic cesspool Veterans Today, Atzmon describes a controversy that has broken out between Jeffrey Goldberg of The Atlantic and University of Chicago professor John Mersheimer, whose book with Harvard prof Stephen Walt called The Israel Lobby has become a touchstone for anti-Israel conspiracy paranoids everywhere. The controversy surrounds Mersheimer’s endorsement of Atzmon’s new book, The Wandering Who, which is significant considering the extent to which both secular and religious left anti-Israel activists rely on Mersheimer and Walt (who has also endorsed Atzmon)–the IPMN’s Facebook post, in fact, says, “A new book endorsed by John Mersheimer,” so presumably its membership should read it.
Atzmon’s book is, as you might expect, apparently a weird conglomeration of extremist ideology, factual nonsense, Israel hatred, and Jewish self-loathing which contends, among other things:
In his book, [Israeli historian Shlomo] Sand posits a serious doubt that the Jewish people ever existed as a nation or race, ever shared a common origin. Instead, they are a colourful mix of groups that, at various stages throughout history, adopted the Jewish religion. So when were the Jewish people “invented”? Sand’s answer: “At a certain stage in the 19th century, intellectuals of Jewish origin in Germany, influenced by the folk character of German nationalism, took upon themselves the task of inventing a people “retrospectively,” out of a thirst to create a modern Jewish people.”
Accordingly, the “Jewish people” is a made-up notion, with very little to back it up forensically, historically, or textually. Furthermore, Sand, who elaborated on early source from antiquity, comes to the conclusion that Jewish exile is a myth, and that the present-day Palestinians are far more likely to be the descendants of the ancient Semitic people in Judea/Canaan than the current, predominantly Khazarian-origin Ashkenazi crowd….
The lack of ethnic origin doesn’t stop people from feeling ethnic or national belonging. The fact that Jews are far from being what one can label a “people”, and that the Bible has very little historical truth in it, doesn’t really stop generations of Israelis and/or Jews from identifying themselves as the sons and daughters of King David or Samson. (pp. 135, 137)
Despite Sand’s academic credentials, his thesis is utter nonsense that Atzmon puts to use to bolster his contention that, since there is no Jewish people, Jews have no right to a state in the Holy Land, or presumably anywhere else.
I refuse to contribute to Atzmon’s ability to spew his bile, but Veterans Today contributor Paul Balles, in a review at the far left Pacific Free Press, conveniently offers the following highlights:
Israel is the Jewish state and Jewishness is an ethno-centric ideology driven by exclusiveness, exceptionalism, racial supremacy and a deep inherent inclination toward segregation.
Jewish lobbies in the USA and Britain openly advocate for the extension of the “War Against Terror” against Iran, Islam and beyond. I would never claim that this type of warmongering is inherent to Jews as a people, yet, unfortunately, it is rather symptomatic of Jewish political thinking – left, right and centre.
Robbery and hatred is imbued in Jewish modern political ideology on both the left and the right.
“The Israeli” robs in the name of “home-coming”, the progressive Jew in the name of “Marx”, and the moral interventionist murders in the name of “democracy”.
Jews do not have a common origin, that their Semitic origins are a myth. Jews have no origin in Palestine whatsoever, and therefore their act of so-called ‘return’ must be realised as pretext for a tribal expansionist invasion.
The dismissal of factuality or lack of commitment to truthfulness are actually symptomatic of contemporary Jewish collective ideology and identity politic.
In the Jewish intellectual insular world, one first decides what the historic moral is, then one invents “a past” to fit.
It seems I didn’t learn the necessary lesson because when we studied the middle age blood libels, I again wondered out loud how the teacher could know that these accusations of Jews making Matzo out of young Goyim’s blood were indeed empty or groundless.
I think you get the point. Atzmon is a slime who thinks that “In some respects, Israel is far worse than Nazi Germany.” His book has essentially been recommended to Presbyterians by IPMN. Draw your own conclusions.