An investigation of Jewish identity politics and Jewish contemporary ideology using both popular culture and scholarly texts. Jewish identity is tied up with some of the most difficult and contentious issues of today. The purpose in this book is to open many of these issues up for discussion. Since Israel defines itself openly as the ‘Jewish State’, we should ask what the notions of ’Judaism’, ‘Jewishness’, ‘Jewish culture’ and ‘Jewish ideology’ stand for. Gilad examines the tribal aspects embedded in Jewish secular discourse, both Zionist and anti Zionist; the ‘holocaust religion’; the meaning of ‘history’ and ‘time’ within the Jewish political discourse; the anti-Gentile ideologies entangled within different forms of secular Jewish political discourse and even within the Jewish left. He questions what it is that leads Diaspora Jews to identify themselves with Israel and affiliate with its politics. The devastating state of our world affairs raises an immediate demand for a conceptual shift in our intellectual and philosophical attitude towards politics, identity politics and history.
Danny Zilber is a world-acclaimed trumpet player. A constant procession of women traipse through his dressing room, yet none can satisfy his need for love. Until, that is, an encounter with a mysterious woman who leaves just as quickly as she drops her panties …Murder, sexual manipulation, viral infection, the abduction of Nazis – these are just some of the means Danny’s manager and his compatriots employ in order to safeguard the security of Israel and propagate German guilt. Meanwhile Danny holds dear the sole memento he has of that fateful meeting – the brassiere his ‘one and only’ left behind. Veering from the ridiculous to the sublimely funny, My One and Only Love is a scathingly comic take on Zionist politics and Israeli espionage.
The year is 2052, and the state of -Israel has been defunct for 40 years, the majority of its citizens having become refugees overseas. Gunther loves European, especially German, women and soon leaves Israel to find fame, fortune and fornication in Germany, whose collective guilt-trip is a goldmine for the licentious professor. A darkly funny reflection on the dangers of racial purity and the position of the outsider in Western Europe,A Guide to the Perplexed marries the playfulness of Nabokov with the sexiness of Philip Roth. It is an angry rant on the effects of ethnic cleansing both our bodies and our minds.
Gilad Atzmon was born and grew up in Israel. An outspoken anti-Zionist, he now lives in London. He is also a world_class jazz saxophonist who tours internationally and regularly sells out the London Jazz Festival.