The WANDERING WHO? An Examination of Jewish Identity Politics
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This book by Israeli intellectual Gilad Atzmon is an exposé
of Jewish identity politics and Jewish contemporary ideology. Jewish
identity is tied up with some of the most difficult and contentious issues of
today. The purpose of this book is to open many of these issues up for discussion.Since Israel defines itself as the “Jewish State,” we should ask what the
notions of “Judaism,” “Jewishness,” “Jewish culture” and “Jewish ideology”
stand for. Atzmon 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; and the anti-Gentile ideologies of secular
Judaism. 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.
Softcover, 211 pages