It was not until conscripted in the Israeli military and sent to visit a concentration camp full of Palestinians, that Gilad Atzmon started asking himself some important questions about Jewry and Zionism. Do they go hand in hand? Are all Jews, Zionists? Are all Zionists Jews? and What is Zionism anyway?
Within a short period, Gilad left the military and hastily became an internationally recognized jazz musician.
Undeniably, the perceptions and opportunities offered to Gilad by his life as a professional musician, have shaped his political view, and left him as one of the strongest critics of Israel. And the unwillingness of the masses to disassociate themselves from Zionism, only seems to make the author, like may others all around the world, more convinced that Zionism is really not promoted for the benefit of the Jewish people. In fact Jewish people are it's victims
"The Wandering Who?" is a valiant work. One only has to look at the state of the world to see just how brave the author really is for writing it. Having said that, this book needs to be read with at least some small level of knowledge and understanding of what's really been happening in Palestine since the end of World War 2.
Although acutely critical and opposed to Israeli Zionist politics, Gilad never oversteps the mark and always sticks to the facts and truths, staying far away from opinion and conjecture.
I have to be honest and say that I was not expecting much from this book. However, I was wrong. The overwhelming and mind-blowing semi-autobiographical story that underpins the publication is fascinating, and the truth contained in the chapters speaks volumes. From cover to cover, it is only around 200 pages, it's well written, informative and well edited.
For those people who have never researched the conflict in Israel and Palestine, this book could really change your world view. For the people already awakened to the truth - this will confirm everything you though you knew.
The Wandering Who? A Study Of Jewish Identity Politics & Jewish political interest