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Gilad AtzmonTribalism, Racism and Projection Part 2

By Gilad Atzmon
2nd part of two In this part I explore the misleading role of Jewish politics (both Zionist and anti Zionist) within the anti racist campaign. To read the 1st part click here. Racism is a big word with some very bad connotations. Being accused of racism is one of the most hurtful and potentially damaging labels around. And yet, how many racists really think in biological determinist terms? How many racists out there really think in terms of genes, or even skin colour? I guess not that many.

While acknowledging that racism had a signicant cultural, and politically lethal impact between the late 19th century and the middle of the last century, in todays politics, the word racism is often misused, mistakenly used, or in some cases, consciously used to mislead and even to silence. Though discrimination against minority groups is unfortunately common and totally unacceptable, it is not necessarily always motivated by crude racism. Islamophobia, for instance, is commonly regarded as a contemporary manifestation of racism but I would challenge such an understanding. Islamophobia, I contend, is not driven by racism, but rather, it is actually a crude symptom of intolerance xenophobia manifested as hatred, bigotry and discrimination. My English Muslim convert friends are often subjected to abuse by Jewish campaigners (both Zionist and anti Zionists) and the English Defence League but not because of their genes, biology or the colour of their skin, but rather because they are different; because they challenge Western value system and because they oppose Israel and its lobbies. Clearly, they are perceived by some as a public enemy but that reaction cannot always be understood solely as racism per se. Similarly, it is beyond doubt that it is not easy to be black in multi cultural Britain. Being a jazz musician I see rst hand how my black friends are often treated in this country and I see plenty of evidence of institutional anti-black bigotry. I read about black youngsters being stopped and searched by police between one to four times a day. This is unacceptable and clear evidence of discrimination. But is this really always about racism? Is it driven solely by biological determinism? Is it really about genes, blood or skin colour? This is indeed an open question and obviously I would not rule out the possibility of anti- black (biological) racism. However, I tend to believe that in contemporary multi ethnic societies, most cases of anti-black bigotry and discrimination are various manifestations of deep, thuggish xenophobic feelings mixed with some examples of deep, and sinister cultural intolerance. In other words, often enough, the contemporary bigot is not concerned at all with biological matters but rather with social constructs and culturally driven symbolism(1). This is surely a matter of serious concern, and in some case it is driven by murderous inclinations

and it must be dealt with, but it isnt necessarily (biological) racism per se. But if it is not racism, what is it then? I reiterate, that these are better understood as different forms of deep cultural and political intolerance within the context of some severe and troubled ethnic interrelations. So one might ask, why do we restrict our understanding of what ghting racism means, when it is actually more likely to be forms of intolerance, ethnic tension and cultural discrimination which we should be protesting against? I suggest that the confusion here between deep intolerance, cultural discrimination and racism is actually no coincidence rather it is there to serve a clear Zionist political cause. Peculiarly enough, it is there to maintain a clear racial orientation and segregation at the heart of the multi-cultural discourse. In many cases, those who oppose racism must be able to think in racial categories rst, otherwise their opposition would be in vain.(2) Paradoxically then, anti racism which many of us identify with, may in some cases evolve into a racially driven discourse. Often, it can even jeopardise the process of natural integration and the shift towards harmonious social relationships (3). It may even dismantle true selfreective and mirroring process amongst both the victim and the aggressor. For within a public discourse controlled by anti-racist ideology, the victim of any racist slur is immediately redeemed. He or she does not have to self-reect on his or her actions, for there is not much he or she can do about their biologically determined conditions. Zionists and Hasbara campaigners(4), for instance, tend to dismiss any possible criticism of Jewish politics and Israeli actions as anti-Semitism. By so doing, they basically switch off. They are able to ignore their surrounding reality by referring to any possible criticism of their actions as just another example of blind, racially driven hatred towards Jews. Instead of taking the criticisms on board and examining them by means of self-reection, Jewish political discourse has evolved into an insular and window-less discourse.

In the following video Israeli veteran MK Shulamit Aloni admits that tossing antisemitism is an old Zionist trick:

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Equally, the so-called racist or aggressor can also dismiss the antiracist call because his or her criticism is largely ignored. The aggressor knows that in most cases, the issue is not actually about race per-se but rather about some acute political, cultural and ideological issues, so this enables him or her to ignore the issue altogether. In spite of the fact that within the contemporary anti Zionist discourse no one criticises Jews for being Jews or employing any racially driven ideology or terminology, Israeli Hasbara and Zionists agents attempt to silence Israels political critics by tossing the anti-Semitic label in the air. This tactic obviously fails to silence Israels critics but it certainly maintains an abyss of mutual deafness between Zionists and their critics. So we are left with two parallel discourses that have lost all hope of any future exchange.

I believe that this fact alone emphasises how grave is the prospect of peace. Anti-racist politics is in constant danger of erecting walls of deafness that maintain intellectual, political and ethnic segregation at the heart of our public discourse. Rather than promoting hope, integration, tolerance, harmony, assimilation and dialogue anti-racism could easily promote deafness and insularity exactly where attentiveness and exchange are most needed. It took me some time to realise that in many cases it is Zionist and Jewish lobbies that maintain and promote the anti-racism political discourse, and they do so for two main reasons:

1. Being submerged in a racially driven discourse themselves, they are bound to think in terms of racial political categories. 2. Racism/anti racism is convenient because it removes any responsibility from the victim. If Jews are hated just for being Jews, then the Jew is ethically awless.
The implications of all this are grave - as long as Jewish identity politics and Zionism are shielded by categorical denitions of anti-racism, Jews can avoid any form of self-reection. But Jews and Zionists are not alone here: the Left also is interested in an anti-racist discourse because it maintains the Lefts relevance as being in the vanguard of progressive ethical insight. The Left has set itself up as the defender of the weak, and this is indeed adorable. Through the years the Left has sided with the blacks, with the Zionists, with the Jew, with the Iraqi, and even with the Palestinian. But for some reason, the Left has failed to side with the leading contemporary antiimperialist force the Muslim. The Left has also failed to recognise that in Europe, the Muslim is the real oppressed working class and the Left clearly failed to side with the democratically elected Hamas or the Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood. I suggest that the Lefts failure to side with the Muslim is symptomatic of a deep and inherent Western intolerance: the Left is not racist, but it is fundamentally soaked with cultural and ideological intolerance possibly a state of mind related to the practicality and pragmatism of being a progressive (5). I guess that some people may feel very special just because they believe in equality

Naturally, the cause of anti racism binds together some elements within the Left with the Zionists and the Hasbara campaign. Arguably, so-called anti racist politics has become just another symptom of the Zionication of the Western political discourse with the supportive Left seen as a mere Zionist instrument. This may explain why the UKs leading anti-racist campaign group Hope not Hate(6) is an offshoot of the Zionist Searchlight Magazine, it also explains why the same Zionist Hope not hate attempts to censor the freedom of speech of Muslim leaders in Britain. It explains why the alleged anti racist Harrys Place (closely affiliated with Hope not hate) won the UK section of the Islamic Human Rights Commissions Annual Islamophobia Awards in 2006. In Germany the anti racist Antideutsche Anti Fa coalition is openly proIsrael, pro-Zionist and also anti Islam. My guess is that these rabid Zionist and pro Zionist campaign groups planted themselves at the heart of the so-called Left just to make sure that from there they would be better able to ght Israels enemies. But it goes further. In the last UK Palestinian Solidarity Campaigns AGM, two Jewish campaigners who openly operate within an exclusive Jews only political cell (J-BIG) proposed a motion against racism. I guess that the absurdity of the situation is clear and doesnt need further elucidation. So, as we can now see, some of the leading supremacist and intolerant forces within our contemporary political discourse have managed to locate themselves directly at the very heart of the anti-racist call. Furthermore, as it becomes clear that Israel and its lobbies are the driving force behind Islamophobia, it is pretty astonishing to nd out that Zionist bodies also dominate the anti-racist discourse. The meaning of it is pretty simple racism and its opposition has gradually become an internal Jewish affair. The conclusion is simple. Its time for us to move on, to admit that racism and biological determinism have no signicant role in todays public and political discourse. We must re-think and redene exactly what it is that leads towards social discrimination and cultural intolerance. Racism in its crude form largely belongs to the past. Our multi-ethnic universe is not inherently racist and therefore anti-racism cannot be a universal call. In many cases, anti racist politics is actually there to divert the attention from some institutional discriminatory policies and ideologies.

It is increasingly obvious that the anti-racism campaign, in its current form, is there to serve some clear political interests, and is largely controlled by racially driven Zionists, Jewish lobbies and Jewish pressure groups. It is there to silence any criticism of the Israeli lobby, Israel, Jewish politics and Zionism. I began this paper by asking why should any Jew feel guilty for crimes that are committed by other people whom he or she does not know and with whom he or she is not affiliated? The answer should by now be obvious: Rather than liberating the rest of humanity from racism, Zionists, Hasbara campaigners and Jewish anti Zionists should rst emancipate themselves from their own racially-driven ideologies And stopping projecting their own tribalism onto their surrounding reality would certainly be a good place to start. Notes

1. I tend to believe that clashes between ethnic and political groups in Britain are fuelled by social tension and demography rather than by hatred towards skin colour. 2. One cannot contemplate over the meaning of anti X without obtaining rst a certain comprehension of X 3. Minority groups engaged in varied discourses of victimhood (for instance), may miss some opportunities to integrate into wider social, ethnic and political structures. 4. Hasbara-Israeli propaganda 5. Which is in practice not different from Jewish secular sense of choseness. 6. According to its official website HOPE not hate is Searchlights campaign to counter racism and fascism. Source: