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The Wandering Who: A Study of Jewish Identity Politics

The Wandering Who: A Study of Jewish Identity Politics [Kindle Edition]

Gilad Atzmon
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It is a scholarly and truly monumental work, deeply profound and, of course, controversial. --(Alan Hart, British Journalist and covert diplomat in Middle East, ITN's News at 10, BBC's Panorama)

A seriously funny writer and the wittiest musician since Ronnie Scott. We're lucky Gilad Atzmon is around. --(Robert Wyatt, musician and founding member of Soft Machine)

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An investigation of Jewish identity politics and Jewish contemporary ideology using both popular culture and scholarly texts. Jewish identity is tied up with some of the most difficult and contentious issues of today. The purpose in this book is to open many of these issues up for discussion. Since Israel defines itself openly as the ‘Jewish State’, we should ask what the notions of ’Judaism’, ‘Jewishness’, ‘Jewish culture’ and ‘Jewish ideology’ stand for. Gilad examines the tribal aspects embedded in Jewish secular discourse, both Zionist and anti Zionist; the ‘holocaust religion’; the meaning of ‘history’ and ‘time’ within the Jewish political discourse; the anti-Gentile ideologies entangled within different forms of secular Jewish political discourse and even within the Jewish left. He questions what it is that leads Diaspora Jews to identify themselves with Israel and affiliate with its politics. The devastating state of our world affairs raises an immediate demand for a conceptual shift in our intellectual and philosophical attitude towards politics, identity politics and history.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 565 KB
  • Print Length: 216 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1846948754
  • Publisher: John Hunt Publishing (30 Sep 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005KSGIG2
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (36 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #135,321 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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43 of 52 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Sometimes the truth causes discomfort 30 Dec 2011
By Claude
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A very interesting book.
Courageous, concise and clear.
It is surprisingly easy to read given the gravitas of it's subject.

Gilad, it seems, loves deconstructing ideas, especially accepted orthodox ones.
'We are what we choose to be' is just one of his interesting observations.
The book joins the dots and exposes, among other things, the many and various strands of zionist thought for what they are.
Essentially a con and a fraud.
He also seeks to illustrate that many of the more pernicious among them actually pretend, on the surface, to oppose zionism.
A rather hollow pre tense ?

Of course the Alan Dershowitz's (and fellow travellers) of this world will howl with indignation accusing Gilad of being anti-semitic, a self-hating Jew etc., etc., but hey, what's new ?
These people have been attempting to close down the Palestine debate (for example) for decades with just this sort of ploy, and I have to say the ploy is wearing a bit thin.

The idea that one can somehow neatly separate 'Jewish' and 'zionist' is pure fantasy.
Have people not noticed that Israel is (and always has been) routinely defined by Jews (and others) as 'the Jewish state' ?
Israel was created in May 1948 by Jews, in the name of the Jewish people, and has been nurtured and maintained ever since by the various Jewish communities (and their allies) around the world.
'Jewish' and 'zionist' ARE inextricably intertwined.
I agree that they are not quite the same thing, but there is enormous overlap and since the whole project of Israel was created in the name of 'Jewish', the idea that Gilad (or anyone else for that matter) should wish to explore just what is meant by 'Jewish' seems like both a logical, and indeed necessary project to me.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The book is a remarkable story. 3 Sep 2013
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Excellent story of a voyage of discovery by a man who realised he was on the wrong route and on the wrong boat which was manned by the wrong crew. It says a lot about the state of Israel. I liked it a lot.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Intertesting Research 1 Jan 2014
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The author shows how 955 of todays Jews are, in fact, Ashkenazi Khazar tribe pagans, from eastern Turkey, who converted en masse to Talmudism a thousand years ago.

Their ancestors never set foot in ancient Palestine. The Palestinians are the jews of biblical Judea, who converted to islam in 700 AD, to avoid taxes and are the true indigenous people of Palestine.

During its long history, many tribes and peoples inhabited ancient Judea and Samaria and Palestine. One such tribe, the Israelites, may indeed also have briefly also lived there, but for a few hundred years only. Imagine all the previous inhabitants were to arrive and make the same claims the converted zionist pagans do today?

Todays jews follow the Talmud, a collection of man-made laws and traditions , which deviates from Moses 10 Commandments. A good book
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5.0 out of 5 stars brave and insightful 31 May 2012
By ang
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One wonders why a book of this nature should excite such hostility as it honestly unpicks a contemporary issue and contextualizes it with intellectual and emotional power. Why questioning such an issue should ever be labelled as anti-Semitic betrays a lack of reason, and an inability to face reality, as everything we do needs to be examined with this kind of care if we are to understand something about how it came to be so, beyond the propaganda we are all saturated by in our daily lives.

Well written, heartfelt and with answers to the problem - a book everyone should read: after all, Atzmon says his piece in the name of peace!
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23 of 29 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Must Read 26 Dec 2011
I found it a very informative book, a true eye opener. It should be read by anyone who is interested in Middle Eastern affairs.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A brave and brilliant expose of Jewish politics 29 Aug 2014
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A courageous book that lays bare Jewish identity politics and it's corrosive and corrupting influence on our societies. It is a must read for anyone who is interested or concerned about the future of humanity.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great 18 Sep 2014
By FrankD
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Some great insights here. Gilad Atzmon is on the point of making a great breakthrough in his understanding of how Jewish Supremacism works, and all the more strength to his elbow.
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10 of 14 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars THE WANDERING WHO, by Gilad Atzmon 3 Jun 2013
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Very courageous and honest book, well written and easy to read considering the seriousness of the subject.

The book provided me with a lot of new and useful information. I would have given it the full 5-Stars had the author touched on the subject of the mafia of the financial institutions.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Easy read and very informative
Published 6 days ago by Rosemary Henke
1.0 out of 5 stars If you can't see the anti-semitism in this book, you have lost the...
Shame on the people who reviewed this book and gave it several stars. This book is clearly anti-Semitic and racist and had it been written by a non-Jew it would probably have never... Read more
Published 13 days ago by E.Bond
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quick delivery and interesting book.
Published 1 month ago by Jacqueline Maulguet
5.0 out of 5 stars An expression of humanity amidst a deeply polarizing subject
I am grateful for the perspectives shared in this book. It serves an antidote to polarized perceptions of Jews and of those of Jewish association such as to address the mentality... Read more
Published 5 months ago by BinRa
5.0 out of 5 stars Zionism Explained With All Its Scary Detail
If you take this book and Alan Hamers "The Falsification Of History:Our Distorted Reality" the reader gets an overpowering view on what zionism is all about and how, if we... Read more
Published 10 months ago by Helen Malpas
5.0 out of 5 stars The truth hurts
It was expected that the neocon sympathisers and Zionists would try to discredit this book but it's a shame to see the weak liberals jump on the bandwagon. Read more
Published 13 months ago by Zero
1.0 out of 5 stars Vile
A vile anti-semitic diatribe that lacks any literary merit. The book's argument is not based on any factual findings and Atzmon's bile should not be given any publicity.
Published 14 months ago by Tod
4.0 out of 5 stars Politician and Musician
This book has caused problems for many Jews and others for what appears to be anti-semitic attitudes and of course has led to the self hating Jew tag so beloved of the bigots like... Read more
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