Manuel Talens, Spanish writer, translator and intellectual has added this meaningful introduction to the Spanish version he translated for the Spanish-speaking world’s major alternative site: Rebelion
In this brief essay Gilad Atzmon takes one more step ahead in his indefatigable task of deconstructing the Zionist enterprise. Atzmon, who already individualized with success the concept of “Jewish identity,” enters here in psychoanalytical and philosophical territories of clear Freudian and Heideggerian parenthood, to contrast the ontological impossibility of homo sionistus — whose ethical flourishing is impossible as it is based upon the spoil of a territory and the slow extermination of its proprietors, and who therefore must relay on a hypothetical Becoming projected toward the future, — and the palpable ontological reality of the Palestinian people who for hundreds of generations — the past — has created deep roots into the earth of its predecessors — its ancestral Pacha Mama — through which it drinks the sap of life. This is exactly the fundamental difference between the Zionist lie and the Palestinian truth: Palestinians don’t need false identities to indulge in Becoming nor to acquire genuineness, as Zionists are obliged to. Quite simply, Palestinians have Been, are Being and will Be. The reader is invited to meditate each one of the sentences on this engine of significants written by Gilad Atzmon. The result is enlightening.
Being and Time, Jewish Political Discourse and the Palestinian Struggle
The modern discourse of the “political” Jew is a discourse of the orphaned, a self-imposed state of being motherless and fatherless children.
The political man kills his father.
I am not referring here to the Oedipus Complex, nothing libidinal. He is not jealous of his father, for you see, he doesn’t like his mother either.
This metaphysical murderous tendency applies to the left and to the right as well; to the Zionist and his opponent, the so-called socialist ‘anti-Zionist’.
The rightwing Zionist is there to execute his Diaspora Father.
The leftwing anti-Zionist is there to eradicate Father Lord.
They both kill their fathers. They want to join a new family, a better one, so to say.
For the Zionist it is the Nation that becomes his new family. He wants to become a Nation like other Nations.
For the leftist anti-Zionist it is the ‘working class’. He wants to be a man like other men.
But they both fail.
Rather than just Being in the world, they indulge themselves in Becoming. They insist upon Becoming that which they aren’t.
Looking at it from another perspective, the Jewish political discourse, with centrality as Jews, is all about forgetting the Being. The political man specialises in the erection of phony authenticity.
Ideology can be realised as a resurrection of motherhood and the elevation of fatherhood, the revival of the soil (motherland) and the renaissance of the soul (fatherland). Zionism, anti-Zionism and Jewish politics in general are the abolition of all that. The modern political man denies the soil and the rejects the soul.
The above explains why political Jews (both Zionists and anti-Zionists) will never be able to grasp what the Palestinian cause and the discourse of liberation are all about.