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Morality Undetectable: Gilad Atzmon Says Farewell to Helen Thomas

July 25, 2013 9:25 am 5 comments

Helen Thomas with President Barack Obama.

Merely characterizing Gilad Atzmon as antisemitic simply doesn’t do justice to the degree of hatred he spews. Atzmon advances demonizing rhetoric about Jews which is on par with the most vile Judeophobic charges that have ever been leveled, and which is often as crude and malevolent as what would be heard at a meeting of neo-Nazis.

In brief, he repeatedly refers to Judaism as a “supremacist” faith, a term popularized by David Duke, and has questioned whether the Holocaust occurred, while simultaneously arguing that, if Hitler’s genocide did occur, it can partly be explained by Jews’ villainous behavior.  On this latter point, he claimed that Hitler’s views about Jews may one day be proven right. Atzmon also has suggested that Jews are indeed trying to take over the world, and has endorsed of the Protocols of the Elders of Zion, arguing about the notorious antisemitic forgery that “it is impossible to ignore its prophetic qualities and its capacity to describe” later Jewish behavior.

(The Guardian’s history with Atzmon – the “Jazz Saxophonist” – includes their decision, in 2011, to publish his letter defending the ideas in his book, The Wandering Who? – a work which the CST characterized as one of the most antisemitic book published in the UK in years.)

Recently, July 23, Atzmon wrote the following at his blog, in a post titled ‘Farewell to Helen Thomas’.

Helen Thomas, one of the last truth tellers, died last Saturday. Thomas was the longest-serving White House correspondent, she grilled 10 USA presidents in an astonishing career that started in 1943. She was 92.

The heroic lady survived 10 American presidents but was cornered by a single Rabbi who videotaped her suggesting that Israelis should “get out of Palestine” and “go home” to Poland, Germany and America. This truthful comment brought down widespread condemnation that ended Thomas’ White House career. The way in which Thomas was treated was just another indication of the power of the Jewish Lobby and the manner in which it interferes with freedom of speech and other elementary freedoms.

I met Thomas last year in Washington DC, she attended an event with Norton Mezvinsky [Connecticut State University Professor of History Emeritus, at Washington’s Mount Vernon Place United Methodist Church] and myself that was organised by The Washington Report. Thomas was very weak but her brightness and humanism were shining.

The event, which took place in March, was organized by The Washington Report.  As you’ll see in the video below, which was posted on Atzmon’s blog, Thomas launched the Q&A session.

In case you couldn’t hear her, Thomas asked Atzmon:

What motivated you to change your views [about Zionism and Judaism]?

Atzmon’s answers, reflecting on the problem of “structural Jewish indoctrination” and the difficulty many Jews evidently face in not adequately understanding their role within what he terms the larger “Jewish organism”, are actually relatively tame in contrast to his previous meditations on Jewish malevolence.

Note also that Thomas asked one more follow-up question at the 5:42 mark in the video. She asks:

Do they [Jews] have any morality?

Anti -Semites, of course, have been asking such “questions” about Jews throughout the ages, and it’s not surprising that Thomas, who has accused Jews of “owning” Congress, the White House, Hollywood and Wall Street, chose to query Atzmon on whether there were any exceptions to Jews’ seemingly immutable villainy.

Finally, however, let the record note that Thomas – praised by many of her peers for asking the tough questions, ‘grilling’ U.S. Presidents and, more generally, standing up to authority – when offered the opportunity to challenge a loathsome Nazi sympathizer threw two decidedly softball questions.

If there is any justice, this display of craven deference to an extreme racist will serve to define the legacy of this ‘icon of American journalism’.

Adam Levick is the managing editor of CiF Watch, an affiliate of the Committee for Accuracy in Middle East Reporting in America (CAMERA)


  • Helen Thomas was an idiot who died in shame of her anti semitic views she and obama shared.
    A piece of bitter cake.
    obama’s time is coming too many scandals to ignore.

  • Milka with her Vatican/CIA conspiracy theories and the suggestion that there is any comparison between Atzmon/Duke and Chomsky, is part of what has caused Atzmon to become a phenomenon.

    Helen Thomas, whatever her indiscretions, was not a neo-Nazi conspiracy theorist. The answer is obvious. As White House correspondent she was sick to the back teeth of the USA using Israel as its justification for the latest barbarity.

    This article is a good example of conflating anti-Semitism as most people understand it and the cries of ‘anti-Semitism’ that Zionists respond with to any criticism of Zionism or Israel.

    As I wrote, in a direct attack on Atzmon, in the Guardian’s Comment is Free in February 2007 those who shout ‘anti-Semitism’ when they disgrace what the East European Jews went through, who know nothing about anti-Semitism, are like the boy who cried wolf. One day no one will believe Jews when they experience real anti-Semitism.

    The article is full of hyperbole. The fact is that Atzmon isn’t like any room full of neo-Nazis. He employs with as a saxophonist a number of Jewish people. I doubt David Duke would do that!

    It is a fact that supporters of the pro-Israel lobby Aipac, in the USA regularly refer to a ‘Jewish lobby’. Is it little wonder that people then talk of Jewish power?

    In fact Chomsky opposes such talk altogether. He argues, quite correctly in my opinion, that the USA uses Jews as a cover for its own naked interests. That people who see the malevolent hand of Jewish power in everything the USA does, are looking through the telescope from the wrong end.

    As with Iran, Israel does nothing without the agreement of its owner. Israel is a faithful guard dog, but even the most faithful dogs don’t bite their owners!

    The suggestion that ‘The Wandering Who’ is the ‘most anti-Semitic book in recent years obviously misses the point as to why Atzmon chimed with those who defended all Israel’s actions and shouted at them that they were anti-Semitic.

    The article quotes the Zionist sponsored CST, but doesn’t cite such simple facts as the fact that in January 2011 Palestine Solidarity Campaign in Britain expelled a holocaust denier and made it clear that supporters of Atzmon were not welcome in PSC. Strange that.

    Even stranger is the fact that Adam Levick is the managing editor of CiF Watch, dedicated to oppose free speech for anti-Zionists in the Guardian’s CIF.

    In fact Levick is a ‘johnie come lately’, when he refers to the anti-Atzmon campaign has beginning in 2011. By then we had exorcised the Palestine solidarity movement of him. In 2007, i.e. 4 years previously, Jews Against Zionism organised a picket of where he was speaking in London.

    I include the link to a ‘Short Guide to Atzmon’ I produced in March 2011.

    • “In fact Chomsky opposes such talk altogether. He argues, quite correctly in my opinion, that the USA uses Jews as a cover for its own naked interests.” — Tony Greenstein


      That the Vatican/CIA gov mafia uses hired Jews as front men to facilitate its agenda is very much my contention. This mafia then uses its propaganda outlets to focus on these individual Jews, and thus lay blame and scapegoat “DA JOOS” as a whole. This way they kill 2 birds with 1 stone. They manage to hide themselves in the shadows and anonymity, and at the same time pursue their age old genocide of “heretics” (Jews, Orthodox Christians, etc).

      But please show me where Chomsky says that the US uses Jews as a cover for its own naked interests. I’m very interested to know why he doesn’t press this point with his audience.

  • Gilad Atzmon, Helen Thomas, David Duke, Noam Chomsky and all the other establishment Nazis would be anonymous nobodies without the funding and sponsorship they receive from those who hired them. When one follows the money trail, more often than not it leads to the CIA/Vatican, their fascist thieving corporations, propaganda outlets and secret subsidiaries like the “Foundations” and “NGOs”.

  • Jeff Goldberg has written about what a piece of work Thomas was and how wrong it is for those speaking of her achievements on her passing to be silent about her vile bigotry. That she would share a stage with an obvious lunatic like Atzmon only gives more credibility to Goldberg’s assessment of her.

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