On Monday June 8, 2009, the Berkeley Fellowship of Unitarian Universalists hosted Gilad Atzmon, an ex-Israeli who writes and promotes classically anti-Semitic opinions.
[Berkeley Fellowship of Unitarian Universalists, 1924 Cedar Street at Bonita, Berkeley.]
Gilad Atzmon is, fortunately, the best representative of Gilad Atzmon
"Throughout the centuries, Jewish bankers bought for themselves some real reputations of backers and financers of wars, and even one communist revolution. Though rich Jews had been happily financing wars using their assets, Alan Greenspan, the Chairman of the Federal Reserve of the United States, found a far more sophisticated way to finance the wars perpetrated by his ideological brothers Libby and Wolfowitz."
While this statement is in many ways a classic anti-Semitic canard, the modern-day accusation that Alan Greenspan somehow has an agenda straight out of the Protocols is utterly bizzare.
"I would suggest that perhaps we should face it once and for all: the Jews were responsible for the killing of Jesus who, by the way, was himself a Palestinian Jew. …..Why is it that the Jews who repeatedly demand that the Christian world should apologise for its involvement in previous persecutions, have never thought that it is about time that they apologised for killing Jesus?"
Gilad Atzmon and his patrons at the BFUU should perhaps reread the New Testament. There were four witnesses who avered that the Romans executed Jesus, using a particularly Roman method. Of course, those four witnesses (Mathew, Mark, Luke, and John) were Jews, so perhaps they cannot be believed.....
Certainly they would not be lent an ear at the BFUU, which instead prefers to listen to Converted Jews, Wiccan Jews, Gone Pagan Jews, Bizzaro Jews, and Self-hating Jews.
Oh, and anti-Semites.
"I'm not going to say whether it is right or not to burn down a synagogue, I can see that it is a rational act."
It is likely that Gilad Atzmon would prefer that the synagogue be burned down with the Jews still in it, but he'll probably settle for burning empty synagogues if he has to.
Sources for the quotes above were mister Atzmon's own writings, which can be found like a cancer all over the internet.
As if that's not enough, Atzmon also supports a holocaust denier in the UK named Paul Eisen, as well as the notorious Swedish fascist writing under the pen name "Israel Shamir", who insisted that the Jews indeed slaughtered Christian children for their blood, and claimed that "Auschwitz was an internment facility, attended by the Red Cross" - Atzmon called Shamir "a unique and advanced thinker".
Much like he himself no doubt is.
The BFUU "concert" was co-sponsored by the church's Social Justice Committee and two anti-Israel groups: Bay Area Women in Black and International Solidarity Movement. The BFUU claimed not to have been aware of Atzmon's promotion of hate speech when they agreed to host the event, but they were made aware of all of it more than a week before the date and they refused to cancel.
The spirited protest in front of the church that evening remained peaceful, except for several supporters of Gilad Atzmon - who may have been members in good standing of the church. As I am not privy to the inner machinations of Israel-bashers, church-related or otherwise, I cannot say.
One of the Atzmon supporters carried a Hamas banner and wore a Sheikh Nasrallah t-shirt, potent testimony to his peaceful nature and desire for an equitable solution to the Jewish question.
More about the blessed event can be read here:
As well as here:
And here as well:
Since that evening, a dialogue event was held between members of the Church and the pro-Israel element, at which a talking stone was passed around and several people spoke of how hurt they were by the negative publicity.
We feel their pain.
This totally opportunistic re-hashing of the entire ghastly mess should serve to indicate how sorry this particular writer feels about it all.
You may go ahead and turn your other cheek any time now.