Gilad Atzmon, philosopher, jazz artist, political commentator and satirist, returns to Portland Friday, May 15th (Nakba Day), he will be speaking, showing off his latest book and taking questions at 7pm at the Lucky Lab on 915 SE Hawthorne. Donations will be taken at the door.
Gilad’s writings can be found on his excellent website http://www.gilad.co.uk/ . His previous book The Wandering Who: A Study of Jewish Identity Politics drew a sharp line highlighting Jewish support for Zionism, and calling out the Jewish identity politics that prevent Israeli and Diaspora Jews from realizing that they have more in common with Palestinians than with this amorphous and supremacist ideology.
It has been a long road, but Portland and Gilad Atzmon have developed a relationship that keeps him coming back. The Palestinian Liberation struggle is much bigger than the fight over historic Palestine and the rightful return of the land and the people to their homes. It is a struggle for history, memory, justice, equality, enlightenment, ethics and dignity. It is a struggle to say what must be said in the face of fierce organized and powerful forces that would shut down this God given right to free speech.