Gilad Atzmon and Alison Weir are major critics of the elephant in the room – the Jewish Lobby. Both have helped us break from the approach, led by left-wing gatekeepers such as Noam Chomsky, which assumes that unconditional support for the ethnic cleansing of Palestine is in the interests of Western capitalists. In fact, as I showed in my article “Faithful Circle”, support for Israel is against the interests of the vast majority of the West’s inhabitants, rich and poor i.
Atzmon and Weir have both been subject to attempted censorship by groups within the Palestine solidarity movement on both sides of the Atlantic (but not in the Gaza Strip nor the West Bank). These groups try to persuade people not to book Atzmon and Weir to speak on the Palestine question. Atzmon is deliberately provocative, and the humorless left takes everything he says literally. Weir is more careful. Everything she says and writes is well-researched and referenced. It was more difficult to invent a case against her, but eventually Jewish Voice for Peace discovered that she once gave an interview to an obscure radio show run by a guy called Clayton Douglas, whom they claim is a “white supremacist” ii, and started trying to persuade peace groups and Palestine solidarity organizations not to work with her.
That’s not the real reason they don’t want you to listen to Weir. No-one would have heard of Douglas unless JVP had publicized him. A more plausible reason is the success of Weir’s recent “Against Our Better Judgment: The Hidden History of How the United States Was Used to Create Israel”, iii whose title speaks for itself. Weir’s opponents don’t want us to find out that the main reason for American support for Israel is the Lobby, because this realization might lead to weakening that support. It would also make Jews in the USA feel less comfortable, and Jewish Voice for Peace is more concerned about that than it is about dead Palestinian children.
Despite my respect for Atzmon and Weir, I think it’s illogical when they help spread the latest left-wing debate-stifling accusation – “Islamophobia”. Atzmon thinks Jewish organizations are responsible for stirring up “Islamophobia” iv, whereas I find that these groups often use the word to try to manipulate white guilt to undermine discussion of the negative aspects of Islam. For examples, go to the Anti-Defamation League’s website and search for the word “Islamophobia”. I regard this as homologous with the effort to suppress Weir’s and Atzmon’s arguments on the grounds that they are “anti-semitic”. These allegations are part of the assault on our freedom known as “political correctness”.
Max Blumenthal is an influential gatekeeper, working tirelessly to maintain Jewish control of the Palestine solidarity movement. Despite his vitriolic attacks on her v, Weir generously says his “Great Islamophobic Crusade” vi which claims “Nine years after 9/11, hysteria about Muslims in American life has gripped the country” is “an excellent article” vii. In effect, Weir says to Blumenthal “I support your use of hyperbole to exaggerate anti-Muslim sentiment, but I object when you use the same p.c. leftist techniques to smear me as anti-semitic”.
I don’t deny there is some irrational prejudice against Muslims in the West. A 14-year-old Sudanese American boy was arrested in Texas in September 2015 because his teachers thought the clock he brought to school might be a bomb. But look at the reaction. The story rapidly spread on Facebook and Twitter, became front-page news around the world, professional victims were able to make plenty of political capital out of it viii, and the boy was invited to the White House ix. The country is not “saturated with anti-Muslim bigotry and Islamophobia”, as Linda Sarsour claims.
Consider how often the media and politicians condemn “Islamophobia” as if it is a thing, but call ISIS the “so-called” Islamic state, as if they want to protect the religion from association with its unpalatable expressions.
Finally, consider that the fear of being accused of “Islamophobia” was one of the reasons the authorities in Britain ignored Muslim gangs raping and trafficking hundreds of under-age girls for decades xii.
We should be free to think critically about Islam and its consequences, without worrying if we are being “Islamophobic”. I am not convinced, as Atzmon is, that Muslim atrocities are likely to be “false flag operations” xiii, nor that Jewish groups like the Anti-Defamation League stir up irrational dislike of Muslims, as Weir believes.
In conclusion, if we want to appeal to the mass of people, most of whom have every interest in ending Western support for the Jewish state, we need to abandon the accusatory, debate-stifling language of the leftist thought police.
i Jay Knott, Faithful Circle, Dissident Voice, September 2010 – http://dissidentvoice.org/2010/09/faithful-circle/
ii Jack Dresser, The Case of Alison Weir, Counterpunch, August 2015 – http://www.counterpunch.org/2015/08/03/the-case-of-alison-weir-two-palestinian-solidarity-organizations-borrow-from-joe-mccarthys-playbook/
iv Gilad Atzmon, The Jewish Division, April 2010 – http://www.gilad.co.uk/writings/gilad-atzmon-the-jewish-division.html
v Alison Weir, video response to Max Blumenthal’s statements against me, September 2015 – http://alisonweir.org/journal/2015/9/15/video-response-to-max-blumenthals-statements-against-me.html
vi Max Blumenthal, The Great Islamic Crusade, Huffington Post, May 2011 – http://www.huffingtonpost.com/max-blumenthal/the-great-islamophobic-cr_b_799277.html
vii Alison Weir, ADL, Hate Group – Why many people call the “Anti-Defamation League” the “Defamation League”, May 2015 – http://alisonweir.org/journal/2015/5/20/adl-hate-group-why-many-people-call-the-anti-defamation-leag.html
viii Linda Sarsour, Ahmed Mohamed is just one example of the bigotry American Muslims face, the Guardian, September 2015, http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2015/sep/16/ahmed-mohamed-clock-bigotry-american-muslims
x George W Bush, “Islam is Peace”, says President, September 2001 – http://georgewbush-whitehouse.archives.gov/news/releases/2001/09/20010917-11.html
xi ‘I’ll ride with you’: Australians offer to ride home with Muslims on public transport to counter fears of backlash, Daily Mirror, December 2014 – http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/world-news/ill-ride-you-australians-offer-4813308
xii Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Exploitation in Rotherham (1997 – 2013), August 2014 – http://www.rotherham.gov.uk/downloads/file/1407/independent_inquiry_cse_in_rotherham
xiii Atzmon has made several statements that massacres attributed to Muslim extremists are “possibly” or “probably” “false flags”: