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The Wandering Who?: A Study of Jewish Identity Politics
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11 of 16 people found the following review helpful
on 3 June 2013
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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55 of 80 people found the following review helpful
Excerpts from the book:

"The `Jewish people' is a made-up notion, consisting of an imaginary past with very little to back it up forensically, historically or textually.

"Nor has much been found in the Sinai Desert to prove the story of the legendary Egyptian exodus - apparently 3 million Hebrew men, women and children marched there for forty years without leaving a single Matzo Ball behind.

"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.

"If Shlomo Sand is correct, then the Jews, rather than being a race, comprise a collective of many people who have been hijacked by a national movement based on myths.

"If Jews are not a race and have nothing to do with Semitism, then `anti-Semitism' is, categorically, an empty signifier. In other words, criticism of Jewish nationalism, Jewish lobbying and Jewish power can only be realised as a legitimate critique of ideology, politics and practice.

"Professor Yeshayahu Leibowitz, a Latvian-born philosopher at the Hebrew University, was probably first to suggest that the Holocaust has become the new Jewish religion.

"This new religion is coherent enough to define its `antichrists' (Holocaust deniers), and powerful enough to persecute them (through Holocaust denial and hate-speech laws).

"The Holocaust religion serves both right and left Jewish political discourse, but it appeals to the goyim as well, especially those who preach and advocate killing in the name of `freedom', democracy and `moral interventionism'.

"That which maintains the Jewish collective identity is fear.

"To be a Jew is to see a threat in every Goy, to be on a constant alert.

"...whatever is good for the Jews is simply good.

"The Jewish population in the UK is 280,000 or 0.46 per cent. There are 650 seats in the House of Commons so, as a proportion, Jewish entitlement is only three seats. With 24 seats Jews are eight times over-represented. Which means, of course, that other groups must be under-represented, including Muslims. If Muslims, for instance, were over-represented to the same extent as the Jews (i.e. eight times) they'd have 200 seats. All hell would break loose.

"Jewish history engages with the basic question of whether a given account is `good for the Jews' or not.

"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.

"As long as we fail to ask questions, we will be subjected to Zionist lobbies and their plots. We will continue killing in the name of Jewish suffering. We will maintain our complicity in Western imperialist crimes.

"With millions of besieged Palestinians, Israel has given itself the reputation of a pariah state.

"How is it that, in spite of the Holocaust, Israel and Jewish lobbies invest so much energy in evoking hatred towards enemies of Israel and world Jewry?

"...envisage an horrific situation in which an Israeli so-called `pre-emptive' nuclear attack on Iran escalates into a disastrous nuclear war, in which tens of millions of people perish.
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21 of 31 people found the following review helpful
on 29 October 2011
Gilad Atzmon declares a challenge on the backcover of his book, The Wandering Who? He says, "Jewish identity is tied up with some of today's most dificult and contentious issues. The purpose of this book is to open up many of those issues for discussion." So, a few of us in the southeast US are picking up the challenge. "Read this book," we're saying among our community, "but don't sit and stew alone." We're suggesting: get together with friends, supporters, skeptics, naysayers, Jews, Arabs, and anybody else--and thrash out these provocative and challenging ideas. Obviously, there are monumentally savage problems going on in Palestine/Israel, and, on these issues, misunderstandings and disagreements in communities all over the world. Let this little book with the red-hot cover be the catalyst for new awareness, compassion, and even new common ground. We're doing it! How about you?
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9 of 14 people found the following review helpful
on 8 August 2013
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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19 of 29 people found the following review helpful
on 18 November 2011
The Wandering Who?: A Study of Jewish Identity PoliticsThis book is available to the following link:
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Gilad Atzmon is in a unique position to tell it as it is and has masterly used his writing skill to produce this "must read" book. I found this book very absorbing and fun to read. It gives me great pleasure to recommend it unreservedly.
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9 of 14 people found the following review helpful
on 15 December 2012
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 Melanie Phillips and Aaronovitch. Try and see what you think with an open mind
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29 of 45 people found the following review helpful
on 29 August 2011
Do we need another book on Jewish identity? In this case, yes, a collection of essays approaching the all-too-typical Jewish self-importance. The Germans and Japanese fell hard after learning that being excusably exceptional ain't cool.

Not all the arguments here are strong, especially regarding international finance and demography, some sections get diverted into the philosophers' tea room, and it's neither nice nor necessary to use actual non-celebrities as evidence.

Still, there are numerous important points : Zionists feed on anti-Jewish sentiment; fear of another Holocaust is unwarranted; clannish separatism is bad policy and bad humanity too. And Atzmon's typology of worldwide Zionism seems accurate to me.

Although the writer takes pains to denounce some Jewish stereotypes, he has every moral and intellectual right to criticise the wider community of Jews. The `Holocaust religion', and media reticence to rationally take it on, simply excludes proper debate. Atzmon rejects the attitude that Jews are innately, preciously special. Those who set themselves in exclusivity ought to get out more.
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3 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on 29 August 2014
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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9 of 14 people found the following review helpful
on 11 June 2012
I had to read this for a school project but I find it quite good, it is definitely worth the read.
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3 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on 18 September 2014
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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