Wednesday, February 13, 2013 at 4:36PM
You are cordially invited to A conversation with Gilad Atzmon,
author of The Wandering Who? A Study of Jewish Identity Politics
Sunday, 17 February 2013
Presented via Skype
Pasha Room, American Colony Hotel-Jerusalem
at the American Colony Hotel-Jerusalem
Tel: 02- 627 9731
Jewish identity is tied up with some of today's most difficult and contentious issues. The purpose of The Wandering Who? A Study of Jewish Identity Politics, is to open up many of these issues for discussion. It examines Jewish identity politics and Jewish contemporary ideology using both popular culture and scholarly texts. 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. Atzmon analyses secular Jewish political and cultural discourse, both Zionist and anti Zionist. He looks at the Jewish political attitude towards history and time, the role of the holocaust, anti-gentile ideologies, Jewish pressure groups, Zionist lobbying and more.
About the author
Gilad Atzmon is an internationally-acclaimed jazz saxophonist and composer, a member of the English rock and roll band The Blockheads, and fronts the Orient House Ensemble. His two novels, A Guide to the Perplexed and My One and Only Love, as well as his political and cultural essays, are published widely in many languages. The Wandering Who? has been translated into ten languages. Atzmon lives in London.
Praise for The Wandering Who?
"Fascinating and provocative." Professor John J. Mearsheimer
"In his inimitable deadpan style, Atzmon identifies the abscess in the Jewish wisdom tooth ' exilic tribalism' and pulls it out. Ouch!" Eric Walberg, Al Aharam Weekly
"Gilad Atzmon decided to open Pandora's Box, and ignite a debate that has been frustratingly dormant for too long. His experiences are most authentic, views are hard-hitting, and, at times, provocative. It must be read and discussed." Ramzy Baroud, Palestine Chronicle
"A transformative story told with unflinching integrity that all (especially Jews) who care about real peace, as well as their own identity, should not only read, but reflect upon and discuss widely." Professor Richard Falk
"Gilad Atzmon's book, The Wandering Who? is as witty and thought-provoking as its title. But it is also an important book, presenting conclusions about Jews, Jewishness and Judaism which some will find shocking but which are essential to an understanding of Jewish identity politics and the role they play on the world stage." Karl Sabbagh
"Gilad's book constitutes an excellent critique of Identity Politics in general and Jewish Identity Politics in particular from a humanistic perspective. These hysterical attacks upon Gilad only reveal the weaknesses, insecurities, double-standards and hidden agendas of those who attack him. Gilad's humanism and plea for humanism shine through every page of this book" obviously influenced by his Jazz. A Love Supreme!â€ Professor Francis A. Boyle
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