A Note About Atzmon

14 Feb 2018

Indymedia UK remains dead, but Atzmon’s anti-Semitism is still active, and is being recognized ever more widely for what it is. Here, for example, is an excerpt from a book published recently (spring 2017) by the academic house Routledge called Holocaust and Genocide Denial: A Contextual Perspective. In it, one of the co-editors, Nicholas Terry, a Lecturer in history at Exeter, has a chapter on the withering of the Holocaust denial movement from about 2002 onward: “Holocaust denial in the age of web 2.0: Negationist discourse since the Irving-Lipstadt trial.”

The attitude of the secular anti-Zionist movement towards Holocaust denial confirms its [i.e. denial’s] relative uselessness as a weapon in the struggle to delegitimize the existence of Israel. Although left-wing supporters of [denier and Atzmon buddy Robert] Faurisson belonging to La Vieille Taupe were attracted to negationism because of their commitment to anti-imperialism and anti-Zionism, exceedingly few anti-Zionists have subsequently followed suit. It is here, however, where one can find the few equally rare Jewish Holocaust deniers or ‘fellow travellers’, such as Paul Eisen, Israel Shamir, and Gilad Atzmon, many associated with Deir Yassin Remembered. When several deniers were expelled from the Palestine Solidarity Campaign, Atzmon regrouped with other sympathisers around the website Deliberation, reprinting some negationist materials alongside the standard anti-Zionist fare.

Isn’t it fascinating to see that what played out in this blog in real time — Atzmon’s anti-Semitism presented as “anti-Zionism”, his fetish for promoting Holocaust denial, his ignominious eviction from the left, his cataclysmic repudiation by anti-Zionists, his involvement with Roy Bard’s anti-Semitic “deLiberation” site — is now literally captured in the history books.

Update, May 2018: Atzmon has — quite justifiably — found himself on the wrong end of a libel suit, and he’s going to face trial.

What I’d hope for Atzmon is that he finally gets some enlightenment about his own antisemitism and then mend his ways. But that doesn’t seem likely at this point. What’s much more likely is the other possibility: he takes a thorough, comprehensive, hard-earned, and catastrophic trip to the cleaners. And I can’t pretend this is a bad Plan B.

Update, July 2018: Rather than face trial — and certainly a slew of damaging revelations in the dock — Atzmon has settled. He will pay unspecified legal costs and unspecified damages.