General Antisemitism

The Guardian places Gilad Atzmon’s book back on its shelves

H/T Harry’s place

While we’re, of course, not privy to the Guardian’s decision-making process, within 24 hours of our post in November about their promotion of Gilad Atzmon’s book (The Wandering Who?) on their online bookshop, the Guardian removed the title from their site.

The Guardian bookshop page displayed this when you tried to open the link:

“sorry this product is not listed”

As we’ve noted repeatedly about Atzmon, he engages in explicit antisemitism which is indistinguishable from what is found on the extreme (white supremacist) right,

In brief, Atzmon repeatedly refers to Judaism as “supremacist“‘ faith, has questioned whether the Holocaust occurred, while simultaneously arguing that, if Hitler’s genocide did occur, it can partly be explained by Jews’ villainous behavior.  (On this latter note, he claimed that Hitler’s views about Jews may one day be proven right.)

Atzmon also explicitly charges that Jews are indeed trying to take over the world, and has endorsed of the Protocols of the Elders of Zion, arguing about the document that “it is impossible to ignore its prophetic qualities and its capacity to describe” later Jewish behavior.

The CST characterized ‘The Wandering Who?’ as “quite probably the most antisemitic book published in this country in recent years.”

However, at some point since November, the book was again made available on their site,

Note the synopsis.

However, the Guardian now has a disclaimer which reads:

The Guardian Bookshop makes nearly 200,000 books available to our customers with 20% discount or better available on the majority of titles. Within this wide selection, we aim to highlight a tailored selection of handpicked books in each genre that reflect the Guardian and Observer’s well-respected literary coverage and reviews. In addition to our recommendations, our browsable selection of books also includes a feed of the top 5,000 best-selling titles through independent booksellers (not including Amazon) as supplied by Bertrams.Inclusion in this automated feed does not necessarily denote recommendation by GNM.

Though a search on the website they cited (Bertrams) lists “The Wandering Who?” with a “sales rank” of 185, it’s difficult to determine whether that ranking places Atzmon’s book among the top 5,000.

But, more importantly, the Guardian online bookshop is not run by a third-party or outside contractor. They maintain editorial control and can choose to include, or not to include, whatever they wish. Their decision, following our original post on the subject, to remove Atzmon’s book from their site is proof of this. If David Duke’s book, Jewish Supremacism, was within the top 5,000 would the Guardian similarly make it available? 

Further, even if the synopsis was written by the publisher, it is certainly within the Guardian’s authority to edit such book quotes as needed, and you don’t need to be a philo-Semite to understand how insidious it is to include a blurb championing the cause of exposing the injurious influence of “global” Jewish ideology.

While I wasn’t able to locate the editor responsible for such decisions, you may wish to Tweet the Guardian @GuardianBooks and ask how they can defend selling and promoting such explicitly antisemitic material. 

7 replies »

  1. My comment sent to the Guardian Bookshop:

    Your continued offering of Gilad Atzmon’s anti-semitic book “The Wandering Who?” is unconscionable and should cease immediately.

    Advertising this exercise in hate speech as “An explosive unique crucial book tackling the issues of Jewish Identity Politics and ideology and their global influence” is disingenuous to put it mildly. You could say the same thing about Hitler’s Mein Kampf, which I note that you also sell – in two different editions, no less.

    Selling Atzmon’s evil book would be shameful if this were a neo-nazi website. How it could be sold via the Guardian bookshop is beyond belief.

    • The Guardian’s response on March 5, 2012:

      “Thank you for taking the time to contact us.
      Your enquiry has now been passed on to our customer services team.
      We aim to to respond within 1 working day.


      Guardian books”

      Still awaiting the response…

        • Atzmon’s book does not appear to be available through the Guardian Bookshop online any more. No further response to my e-mail and I probably won’t receive one, but I’m satisfied that they at least pulled the book from their list.

          • Reply finally received from the Guardian:

            “…Many thanks for your email. I can confirm that ‘The Wandering Who’ has now been removed from the Guardian Bookshop site. We had previously arranged for this to happen but a problem with our feeds meant that the book continued to show if searched for. This has now been addressed.”

  2. The Guardian is an anti-Semitic site and it promotes a nasty Anti-Semitic book written by an anti-Semite,a self hating Jew,that the two promote each other should be of no surprise.

    What is surprising is that the Guardian and Gilad Atzmon can get away with it….

  3. From the G. website:

    Within this wide selection, we aim to highlight a tailored selection of handpicked books in each genre

    Which of the genres (listed on the left on the G. website) would it come under?

    Fiction, Food & Drink or Puzzle Books?