Gilad Atzmon

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Why do we hate them? by Gilad Atzmon

When I came over to Britain some thirteen years ago, I found a very tolerant place. I was amazed to see so many people of so many colours, not just living together in peace, but living in full harmony. At Essex University, the institute where I was doing my postgraduate studies, everyone was enthusiastic about post-colonialism. The Brits, so it seemed to me at the time, were repenting over their embarrassing colonial past. I was mildly impressed but not totally overwhelmed. At the end of the day, it isn’t that difficult to denounce your grandfather’s crimes.

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The Peace Envoy by Gilad Atzmon

What a great day for peace enthusiasts! A new envoy to the Middle East has been appointed for the Quartet, and it’s no other than the former British PM, Tony Blair. Blair, the man who gave the Israelis the green light to flatten Beirut. Blair, the man who started an illegal war in Iraq. Blair, a man who, according to the Geneva Conventions, is to be held personally responsible for more than 700,000 dead in Iraq for failing to ‘protect civilian populations against certain consequences of war’[1]. A man who is supposed to be charged for genocide at The Hague. That’s right, a man who should end his life behind bars is now becoming a peace envoy.
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Blair the Camera Man-Gilad Atzmon

27.7.05

In case you missed them, here are the words of wisdom Tony Blair uttered yesterday:

“Until we get rid of this complete nonsense of trying to build some equivalence between what we are doing helping Iraqis and Afghans build their democracy and these people going and deliberately killing people for the sake of it, we are not going to confront this ideology in the way that it needs to be confronted.” - Tony Blair (http://www.guardian.co.uk/attackonlondon/story/0,16132,1536268,00.html).

Tony Blair is an advanced political thinker. Following his articulate analysis, terrorists are killing people for the ‘sake of it’. The soldiers that he made certain the Great Britain sent to far off lands, on the other hand, kill only because Blair and Britain want to help Arabs and Afghanis to ‘build their democracy’. Come on Tony, do we look that stupid?

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The Passion of Arafat by Gilad Atzmon


November 16, 2004

In the last ten days of his life the world held its breath following what appeared to be an everlasting battle between a giant freedom fighter and the angel of death. Many of us were following the news with care, many of us were praying for the president's recovery. Apparently, not all of us: we also had a chance to see some necrophiliac Israeli ministers who would not let go, for them this was an opportunity to entertain themselves with fatality, an opportunity not to be missed. They tried to convince us for the last time that Arafat was a terrorist, that the notion of him being buried in Jerusalem amongst ‘Jewish Kings’ was inconceivable. These Israelis leaders insisted on telling us that this great man was an ‘enemy of peace’. But as it seems, their viciousness didn’t prevail.

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Why Should He Apologise? Or Rather, Who Should Apologise? by Gilad Atzmon

Ken Livingstone, the Mayor of the multi ethnic city of London, is asked to apologise after comparing an ‘Evening Standard’ reporter to a “concentration camp guard”. Like many other inhabitants of this colourful metropolis, I ask myself why should he apologise? As it seems, the answer is simple: he dared to insult a Jew. He neither referred to any Jewish characteristic the journalist may have had , nor did he refer to the reporter’s ethnic origin. The Mayor was just insulting a man who happened to be a Jew. In politically correct Britain this is unacceptable.
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News in the West by Gilad Atzmon

The socialist victory in Spain is significant of a dramatic change. We had come to expect right wing leaders to always be the first to benefit from Islamic terror. Both Bush and Sharon enjoy growing popularity following attacks against their peoples. The collapse of Blair's popularity is easily realised in terms of the lack of Islamic terror in the UK, as the British are not at all convinced that they are victims of such terror. Apparently, the devastating formula that suggests a link between Right wing leaders and Islamic militants no longer applies. The Spanish people proved yesterday that a new form of citizenship is taking place, a citizenship grounded on a deeper realization of the notion of democracy. In a true democracy the citizens are sharing responsibility with their elected government. The Spanish people have realised that they were punished for their governments' mistakes, in particular the collaboration with Bush and Blair. The Spanish people who ousted the ruling Popular Party did it because they grasped that they were anything but innocent. In fact, to be a citizen in a democratic state is a heavy burden. It is a duty charged with a serious form of responsibility.
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The end of innocence by Gilad Atzmon

 September 2001

In the light of the tragedy and the devastating images from N.Y City, in the shadow of embarrassingly stupid remarks made by the major western 'free world' leaders and in the light of the call for a western gihad against a faceless enemy, I feel obliged to expose the lie that stands in the center of the current liberal democratic militant enthusiasm.

Being born in Israel in the early sixties, I was raised to believe that I lived in the 'only democracy in the middle-east'. While being a soldier in the army I realized that I grew up among a people who deny the most basic human rights to millions of Palestinians. As soon as I was able to interpret my surrounding reality I had to acknowledge the terrible fact that this Israeli oppressive policy is being supported by America and the 'free world'. Having managed to stop regarding myself as
an innocent victim and detached myself from any Zionist beliefs, I have became very suspicious of manipulative right wing brain-washing and nationalist propaganda.

 

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