Early in the essay which finally caused the Atzmon controversy to boil over on Indymedia UK, Atzmon says the following:
Within the Judaic worldview, history and ethics are often reduced into a banal single binary opposition principle. For instance, the deadly battle between the ‘righteous’ David and the ‘evil’ Goliath personalises the struggle between the ‘good’ Israelites and the ‘bad’ Philistines. Though the Biblical specific tale could be understood in a mere literary terms, the similarities to the Israelite of our time are rather concerning.
One of the distinguishing actions of the bigot is to attack one specific ethnicity for a weakness all humans share. A Klansman in the US, for example, would attack African-Americans for being lazy and stupid, as if laziness and stupidity were not general commodities on display, all too sadly, in every culture on earth.
Atzmon begins his anti-Semitic essay with a similar form of attack. History shows that the tendency to simplify conflicts is universal, but Atzmon particularizes it as a weakness of one particular group. Nowhere in the essay does he indicate that the weakness in question exists anywhere except among his targetted group.
Which group? Initially, the Israelis. However, apparently unsatisfied with merely attacking the Israelis in a bigotted manner for having their share of a universal human weakness, Atzmon then names his real target: Jews.
Just to make certain that we grasp his point, Atzmon then writes:“However, Israelis are not alone here. The tendency to personalise and concretise history is rather common amongst Jews.”
I respond, the tendency to particularize general human characteristics to specific ethnic groups (“the Judaic worldview”) is extremely common among bigots, and this is exactly what Atzmon has done, in a clear display of his anti-Semitism. One hardly has to limit oneself to inspecting “the Judaic worldview” to see “history and ethics … reduced into a banal single binary opposition principle.” Yet to him this kind of oversimplification is a characteristically Jewish thing.