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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The book is a remarkable story.
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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1.0 out of 5 stars A book that must be exposed for what it is
In the very beginning of this book, Gilad Atzmon tells us about his grandfather, a former prominent commander in the Irgun who had, Atzmon admits, "a tremendous influence over me in my early days". Atzmon's grandfather hated "anything not Jewish", but "more than anything, though, my grandfather hated Jewish leftists....as a follower of right wing revisionist Zionist Zeev...
Published on 24 Oct 2011 by Deborah H. Maccoby


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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful
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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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful
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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46 of 55 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Sometimes the truth causes discomfort, 30 Dec 2011
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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.

'Project Israel' was set up as a secular state, supposedly decrying religion,
yet the justification for it's existence is purely biblical !

Without the religious connection there would be absolutely no justification for the 'Jewish State's existence.
How's that for a paradox ?

So the question of just what is meant by 'Jewish' and 'Jewish identity' lays at the heart of the project and consequently is surely a legitimate subject for investigation ?

Also, the roots of the elitist and chauvinistic aspects of zionism lay in classical Jewish theology (talmudic law) so to pretend that the two subjects are quite distinct is dishonest.
Further, to claim to be 'anti-zionist' and then to seek to attack (either verbally or otherwise) someone who seeks to understand 'Jewish identity' is somewhat illogical and indeed absurd ?

Gilad is not the first, and I'm sure he won't be the last to attempt to get to the bottom of this conundrum.
Famous predecessors include Karl Marx who wrote extensively on this subject in 1843.
Marx didn't have many positive things to say, and in attempting to get to the bottom of this thorny question of identity, Marx never once used the word 'zionist' because of course the political movement called zionism hadn't yet been invented.
His musings were aimed fairly and squarely at 'The Jewish Question' and 'Jewish identity'.
One of his famous conclusions was that 'Jewish Internationalism' was 'the Internationalism of the financier' and that as such, lay at the heart of oppression everywhere.
But I'm wandering (though I am not Jewish, much less 'who-ish')

I apologise in advance for my rather poor sense of humour !
One mustn't joke about such subjects, or so it would seem.

Gilad is very clearly on something of a rocky journey toward understanding.
Understanding the central themes that shaped his life growing up in the newly formed Israeli state and seeking to legitimise it's conception (or not), and just like the story of 'the King's new clothes', on seeking he finds that there is curiously little justifiable substance underpinning the whole project.
Jewish identity is, it seems, surprisingly elusive, yet 'Jewish Identity' is the justification for the creation of the Israeli (Jewish) state.

All rather curious when one considers the devastating impact that the creation of 'the Jewish state' (with it's accompanying creed of 'chosen-ness' and the expulsion of the indigenous Palestinians) has had (and continues to have) on the Middle East.

If you like 'thinking outside the box' you will surely enjoy this book ?

An absorbing journey, intelligently articulated.
Not a book for the rigid thinker.
To anyone who finds this book interesting I would also recommend 'Jewish History, Jewish Religion' written by Israel Shahak, a wonderfully warm, intelligent man who sadly is no longer with us.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
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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30 of 36 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars brave and insightful, 31 May 2012
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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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great, 18 Sep 2014
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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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25 of 31 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Must Read, 26 Dec 2011
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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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11 of 15 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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25 of 35 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Brilliant Read, 11 Nov 2011
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Gilad Atzmon slowly demolishes the Zionist myths that have fed the Israeli psyche to make it an oppressive occupier who has scant regard for the sanctity of life. In no way is this book anti-Semitic as some would like to claim. If you need to understand why Gilad wrote this book please visit his web page before purchasing. The amazing thing that I found when I read the book was that Gilad is so articulate and knows exactly what he wants to say and says it in the fewest words possible. The conclusion is an eye opener, although the dots are already there, Gilad expertly joins them up in the best way possible. "The Book of Esther" was the best chapter and this relates brilliantly to what the Lobby is doing for Israeli interests to the detriment of others . The issue of the "primacy of the ear" was an eye opener. A must read for anyone interested in finding out why the Israeli's are behaving the way they are and what the might do next.
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9 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The truth hurts, 8 Aug 2013
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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. The people who dislike this book are fairweather friends for Palestine, they have no real commitment or courage to fight for the cause. They're the same type of people condemn George Galloway for his academic boycott of Israel and dislike the BDS movement in general. They're the same type of people who talk about two state solutions which de facto support the ethnic cleansing of Palestine, rather than one state solutions that allow the Palestinians to return to the land that is rightfully theirs. The liberals who dislike this book are weak on Zionism and weak on Israel. Gilad Atzmon is not weak on Israel or Zionism, he's a strong voice for truth and justice - and sometimes the truth hurts.
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