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[Imc-uk-features] From Lenni Brenner re Gilad Atzmon

BrennerL21 at aol.com BrennerL21 at aol.com
Sat Nov 10 12:27:38 PST 2007

11 10 07
To: Indymedia
From: Lenni Brenner

Hi Comrades,

Tony Greenstein has alerted me to the fact that Indymedia has run material by
Gilad Atzmon. I second Tony’s demand that Indymedia stop printing Atzmon’s

Atzmon, an Israeli who broke with Zionism, now calls himself an ex-Jew.
Indeed he devotes much of his writing to denouncing leftist anti-Zionist Jews.
Worse yet, he denounces us because we fight both Zionists and anti-Semites.

In a 3/3/07 CounterPunch article, “From Esther to AIPAC,”

He cites “Marc Ellis… Adi Ofir… Lenni Brenner… Shraga Elam…
Finkelstein,” who write on the holocaust. He insists that

“Though they may be critical of different aspects of the exploitation of the
Holocaust, they all accept the validity of the Nazi Judeocide and its
mainstream interpretations and implications. Most of the scholars, if not all of them,
do not challenge the Zionist narrative, namely Nazi Judeocide…. not a
single Holocaust religion scholar dares engage in a dialogue with the so-called
‘deniers’ to discuss their vision of the events or any other revisionist

Does Indymedia believe that we should “dialogue with the so-called ‘deniers’
to discuss their vision of the events or any other revisionist scholarship”?
Should Indymedia “dialogue” with David Irving?

As with everyone else on the Brit left, I’m sure you are concerned about the
fact that the British National Party has won some local municipality seats.
You know them. Monday they are Nazis, Tuesday they are anti-Muslim, Wednesday
its back to hating Jews, Thursday is for kicking Paki ass, etc. Therefore no
one, repeat, no one in Britain, atheist leftist, Christian, Jew, Muslim, who
genuinely wants to build a united front in the streets against the BNP wants any
part of “dialogue” with holocaust deniers, who are nothing more than
intellectual fronts for neo-Nazism.

Jews are like anyone else. Atzmon isn’t the 1st to freak out and he won’t be
the last. Back in the 50s, I was hospitalized with an infected liver. Across
from me was an elderly Jew. He was quite until his family visited him. He would
greet them with a Nazi salute and a hearty “Heil Hitler!” They didn’t know
what set him off, but something offended him and this was his way of punishing
them. Similarly, when Israelis break with Zionism, some go over to leftism,
others convert to Islam or Christianity and some, as with Atzmon, develop their
own mad form of fanaticism.

I am best known for my book, Zionism in the Age of the Dictators, which
exposed Zionist collaboration with Hitler and Mussolini. It received favorable
reviews from publications as different as the London Times and Moscow’s Izvestia.
I work in a field with other serious scholars, Zionist, anti-Zionist, Jew and
gentile. Whatever our differences, we are of 1 mind when it comes to holocaust
deniers/revisionists: We have nothing to discuss with Nazis, holocaust
deniers or ex-Jewish crackpots who want us to discuss anything with such vermin.

No mincing words, no evasions, no hypocrisy. You have read Atzmon calling for
such a mad dialogue. Do you agree with us? Yes or no? Are you ready to
totally disentangle yourselves from him? Yes or no?

For 1 democratic, secular bi-national Palestine/Israel in a socialist world,


BrennerL21 at aol.com


Entry filed under: Gilad Atzmon, Indymedia, Tony Greenstein.

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