Monday, July 11, 2005
Gilad Atzmon - Marxism 2005 talk
Welcome to Zionised Britain
“Let’s see how the Israelis cope with the threat of terror”, said the BBC presenter in a London studio. Seemingly, we are now supposed to be learning from the experience of the Israelis. Ask yourselves why. Simply because we are now fully Zionised, we are fighting the Zionist wars and we pay the heaviest price for it.
A second later we are watching a news item from Jerusalem, the local BBC correspondent is interviewing three American settlers. They are all overwhelmingly confident. They are telling us that thanks to security officers located now at every bus stop in town, Jerusalem hasn’t experienced a suicide attack for over 18 months. Let me tell you, the reality is somewhat different. The Palestinians are now locked behind separation walls, within enclaves, Bantustans and concentration camps. I do hope that you all realise that if we give Tony Blair enough time this will be the reality of Birmingham, Bradford or any other mixed city in the UK. Racial hatred is the biggest danger for a multi-ethnic society and we are such a society.
But then, it isn’t that surprising that the BBC suggests that we may have to learn from the Israelis. Blair’s ties with Zionism are now more than established. At the time, I remember some reports from Israel that MI6 and the CIA were there amongst the IDF forces who flattened Jenin Refugee Camp, they were looking for Palestinian ‘links with al Qaeda’. There are some serious reports that Israeli officers were advising the American and British armies in Basra and Fallujah, and even if this isn’t true, we can clearly see that the invasion armies in Iraq are applying the various IDF tactics.
The UK (following the USA) is operating as a Zionist mission force. It fights the last pockets of Arab resistance. Let’s face it, we were pooled into this Zionist led ‘cultural clash’. In the name of the ‘Judeo Christian’ myth, we are fighting the Muslim world. We are daily engaged in the destruction of Iraqi lives and as it seems, this clash is about to expand.
We all agree that Israel is operating as a Colonialist state motivated by racial supremacist views. But then, isn’t the case of Blair’s Britain very similar? If Tony Blair isn’t a white supremacist how dare he suggesting that Democracy is the right way forward for the Muslim world. How come he knows better than the Muslims what is good for them? When you come to determine other people’s lives you must believe that you know better. You must assume that you are better.
Last week, a very small cell of cold-blooded murderous terrorists has managed to jeopardise the false image of Western civilised brethren. Their message is clear: it isn’t about African poverty. It is rather about Zionised Anglo-American domination in the Middle East, it is about the support for Israel. It is about us electing with popular vote a war criminal, we are the ones who do not respect other people’s lives. And we pay the price for it. The message of the terrorists is clear: You kill us, we kill you. You bomb our towns, we bomb yours.
As it seems, our image of reality is shaped by TV operators and media lords. Reality in itself is delivered as a self referential fictional theme. On the day of the attack I was sitting frozen in front of my TV screen. It was very hard to learn what was really going on. As usual we saw the very same pictures for the next 24 hrs. Although the attack took place at 9 AM, at 5 PM they were still talking about 2 fatalities. We saw the emergency services praising themselves. Everything was wonderfully under control except the miserable commuters who were sentenced to death by Tony Blair. They were down there in Russell Square tube station and as far as I am aware, they are still there. The emergency services cannot get there. Ladies and gentlemen, the Piccadilly line is a death trap. But wasn’t it a death trap before the attack? Wasn’t it a death trap before Blair voluntarily joined the ‘War against Terror’? Mr Tony Blair, next time, before you take your country into a war you must find an alternative solution to your death traps at home. Let me tell you, if you can’t find an alternative just forget about starting wars.
And yet, hardly anyone in the UK opens his mouth. We are facing a real crisis here. We do not operate as a community. We act as a bunch of isolated wounded animals. We regard ourselves as statistical figures. Calculation is very simple: 3,000,000 commuters use the tube every day, 100-1,000 of them may die in the next attack, it is unlikely to be me. In fact we all joined Blair’s Russian Roulette game. If people in this room are concerned with privatisation, this is the ultimate form of privatisation. We have now managed to detach ourselves from our innermost sense of being in the world. We are not searching for meaning, we are merely concerned with paying the bills. This is the ultimate form of alienation. We forgot what life is all about. Empathy is out of the window. How can you ever feel for the other if you cannot even feel for yourself? Clearly, from now on, Londoners regard death caused by terror as another aspect of modern life. In a way we internalise the values of a murderous society. We are the murderer awaiting his punishment.
This doesn’t leave us with much hope for any better future unless we initiate our search for beauty. Why beauty? It is because unlike technology, beauty is the ultimate manifestation of humanism, whether it is poetry, a theatre play, a piece of sculpture, a painting, a symphony, or even just a simple melody. It is the artist: the poet, the composer and the painter who can change our prospects of reality. It is the artist who always presents an alternative discourse. This may sound to you overly poetic but let me tell you, there are too many people out there who are craving for a free dialogue. Being a performer I meet them everyday. They are all tired of politics and politicians. They want to read some real subversive texts, they want to fight the world order. They want to be overwhelmed by beauty and they are searching for a new song.
To read more of Gilad's essays:
on his own site.
and on peacepalestine:
Gilad Atzmon Interview - It Ain't Necessarily So
an article of mine up on Counterpunch link, Who's Afraid of Gilad Atzmon?
Times letters to the editor re: Atzmon
reflections on anti-Atzmon campaign - Miguel Martinez
whose side are you on?
Gilad Atzmon - Tony Greenstein debate
Gilad Atzmon - To Sit in the Dark
Ariella Atzmon - Exiled Writers
Gilad Atzmon: the Passion of Arafat