First Published: 2009-03-27

 
Anti-Semitism to be debated in Oxford
 

Gilad Atzmon, Denis MacShane, David Aaronovitch debate 'anti-Semitism' at Sunday Times Oxford Literary Festival.

 

Middle East Online

Gilad Atzmon: 'Zionism is fuelled by anti-Semitism'

LONDON - The Sunday Times Oxford Literary Festival announced holding a debate on anti- Semitism as part of its 2009 events.

The debate, entitled "Anti-Semitism - Alive and Well in Europe?", will host Gilad Atzmon, renowned Israeli saxophonist and devoted opponent of Zionism; Denis MacShane, Labour MP for Rotherham; and David Aaronovitch, Orwell prize-winning 'Times' journalist.

The three participants will address pressing questions related to anti-Semitism; whether it is still strongly present in Europe and if the recent Israeli bombardment of besieged Gaza has further fuelled it.

When the controversial topic springs up, different debaters usually side with one of two rival camps.

One side accuses critics of Israel as 'closeted anti-Semites', while the other argues that anyone who is critical of the policies of Israel or its occupation of the Palestinian territories is automatically labelled an anti-Semite in order to give the Jewish State free reign to continue 'business as usual'.

Atzmon, who was born as a Jew in Israel and served in the Israeli military, has been himself accused of being an anti-Semite by supporters of Israel.

He often writes on Jewish identity and Tel Aviv's policies against Palestinians under Israeli occupation.

Observers say Atzmon's participation will give the debate an "insider's view" on Jewishness, Israeli strategies and accusations of anti-Semitism.

Many of his critics link his anti-Zionist stances to anti-Semitic sentiments, but Atzmon argues that anti-Semitism itself has been a useful tool for Zionists.

"Zionism is fuelled by anti-Semitism. The Zionists need anti-Semitic acts in order to justify the state of Israel as the only viable option for Jewish existence," he wrote in one of his articles.

The Sunday Times Oxford Literary Festival is held on 29 March-5 April 2009, where over 350 writers are expected to take part.

The debate on anti-Semitism will take place on Wednesday 1st April at midday in the Garden Marquee, Christ Church.

 

Enormous challenges emerge after full liberation of Ramadi

Border camps full as Syria families escape regime offensive

Kurdish leader accuses Ankara of 'massacre' over Cizre operation

Mubarak era ‘reappears’ five years after his ouster

Syria artists find inspiration in haunting ruins of Homs

Hamas fighter dies in latest tunnel collapse

Aleppo siege spells trouble for the West

Egypt policeman jailed for beating vet to death

How many civilians are living under 'surrender or starve' sieges in Syria?

NATO to consider policing refugee crisis

Iran deal will delay bomb up to 15 years

Top spy warns homegrown extremists pose biggest danger to US

UN to Turkey: Open borders to stranded Syria refugees

From Muslim Chechnya to ISIS: Spies collect intelligence to help Russia

Kremlin rebukes Merkel over criticism of Russia air strikes in Syria

Nine killed in Damascus car bomb attack

Approval of reformists raises potential for change in Iran

Saudi Patriot missile shoots down Scud fired from Yemen

Pentagon chief seeks anti-IS support in Europe

Iraq military advance reopens Ramadi-Baghdad road

IEA holds OPEC responsible for oil supply glut

Iraqi woman charged over US hostage death

Gunbattle between Yemeni forces, Qaeda militants in Aden

UAE tries 'Hezbollah', 'Qaeda' cell members

US welcomes Saudi offer to deploy troops in Syria

Israel sets two conditions for return of Palestinian bodies

Moscow denies accusation that air strikes undermined Syria talks

Israeli general says IS wounded were treated in Gaza

Doctors, police protest in northern Iraq

Canada to cease all air strikes against ISIS by February 22

Outraged Italy demands answers over brutal killing of student in Egypt

Libya Presidential Council needs ‘more time’ to form unity government

Pressure on multiple fronts squeezes rebels in northern Syria

Bahrain charges 11 with forming 'terrorist' group

Obama to Arab countries: security requires 'inclusive government'

Tunnel collapse kills one Gazan man on Egypt border

South Sudan war zones on the brink of famine

Khamenei to Iran officials: Don’t let elections distract you!

UN accuses Assad regime of 'extermination' in jails

At least 35 migrants drown in two accidents in Aegean Sea

Cameron's office warns Brexit could affect border controls

Russia detains seven alleged IS members

Turkey groups send in aid for thousands of Syria refugees on border

Iraq prepares for Mosul offensive with massive deployment

Syria rebels withdraw from three Aleppo villages