Gilad Atzmon talks to George Galloway in what is described as an intensive discussion on Jewish ID politics, Palestine, False Terminology, The Left and Jazz.
What is Zionism? Atzmon explains …
“I really think that we are, we have been misled for quite a long time in our understanding of Zionism, Israel, the work of the lobby and so on and so on and so on.
For quite a while I argued that if Israel defines itself as a Jewish state and decorates its airplanes and tanks with Jewish symbols, the first thing that we have to do is to try to understand what is Jewishness?
What are the relationships between Judaism, Jewishness, the Jew, what are the relationships between these three and Zionism, these are fundamentals.
Now for quite a while, because of the domination of a lot of good Jews, let’s say, within the Left, we were prevented from going there, we were only allowed to talk about Zionism, or colonialism…. We are using a lot of terminology that is very misleading.
I realised a long time ago that it is the Jewish identity politics that drive the Jewish state.”