‘Gilad Atzmon‘s The Wandering Who? is a series of brilliant
illuminations and critical reflections on Jewish ethnocentrism and
the hypocrisy of those who speak in the name of universal values
and act tribal. Relying on autobiographical and existential experiences,
as well as intimate observations of everyday life, both
informed by profound psychological insights, Atzmon does what
many critics of Israel fail to do; he uncovers the links between
Jewish identity politics in the Diaspora with their ardent support
for the oppressive policies of the Israeli state.
Atzmon provides deep insights into “neo-ghetto” politics. He
has the courage – so profoundly lacking among western intellectuals
- to speak truth to the power of highly placed and affluent
Zionists who shape the agendas of war and peace in the Englishspeaking
world. With wit and imagination, Atzmon’s passionate
confrontation with neo-conservative power grabbers and liberal
yea sayers sets this book apart for its original understanding of the
dangers of closed minds with hands on the levers of power.
This book is more than a “study of Jewish identity politics”
insofar as we are dealing with a matrix of power that affects all
who cherish self-determination and personal freedom in the face
of imperial and colonial dictates.’
Professor James Petras, Bartle Professor of Sociology at Binghamton
University, New York, author of more than 62 books including The
Power of Israel in the United States.