ATZMON, Gilad. Biblical call to genocide & Israeli Palestinian Genocide

Gilad Atzmon is an anti-racist, Jewish Israeli jazz musician, composer, novelist, commentator and anti-Zionist activist. The moral power of his straightforward anti-racist position is reflected in the extraordinary hostility towards him from Zionists (see Wikipedia: ).


Gilad Atzmon on the Palestinian Genocide in Gaza  and Old Testament Biblical prescriptives used by the  genocidal secular state of Apartheid Israel (December 2009): “There is not much doubt amongst Biblical scholars that the Hebrew Bible contains some highly charged non-ethical suggestions, some of which are no less than a call for a genocide. Biblical scholar Raymund Schwager has found in the Old Testament  600 passages of explicit violence,  1000 descriptive verses of God's own violent actions of punishment, 100 passages where God expressly commands others to kill people. Apparently, violence is the most often mentioned activity in the Hebrew Bible.  As devastating as it may be, the Hebrew Bible saturation with violence and extermination of others may throw some light over the horrifying genocide conducted  in Gaza by the Jewish state. In broad daylight, the IDF was using the most lethal methods against civilians as if their main objective is to ‘destroy’ the Gazans while showing ‘no mercy’ whatsoever.  Interestingly enough, Israel regards itself as a secular state.  Ehud Barak is not exactly a qualified Rabbi and Tzipi Livni is not a Rabbi’s wife. Accordingly, we are entitled to assume that it isn’t actually Judaism per se that directly transforms Israeli politicians and military leaders into war criminals. Moreover,  early Zionists believed that within a national home  Jews would become 'people like all other people', i.e., civilised and ethical. In that very respect, Israeli reality is pretty peculiar. The Hebraic secular Jews may have managed to drop their God, most of them do not follow Judaic law, they are largely secular, and yet 94% of them interpret their Jewish identity as a genocidal mission. They have successfully managed to transform the Bible from being a spiritual text into a bloodsoaked land registry.  They are there, in Zion i.e., Palestine, to invade the land and to lock up, starve and destroy its indigenous habitants…Currently, Israel and Zionism are the only collective voice available for Jews.   The merciless offensive against the Palestinian civilian population does not leave any room for doubt. Israel is the gravest danger to world peace. Clearly the nations made a tragic mistake in 1947 giving an emerging  volatile racially orientated identity an opportunity to set itself into a national state.  However, the nations’ duty now is to peacefully dismantle that state before it is too late. We must do it before the Jewish state and its forceful lobbies around the world manage to pull us all into a global war in the ‘name’ of one banal populist ideology or another (democracy, war against terror, cultural clash and so on).  We have to wake up now before our one and only planet is transformed into a bursting boil of hatred.” [1].


[1]. Gilad Atzmon, “The Old Testament and the Genocide in Gaza”, MWC News, 23 December 2009: .