An cosy interview ahead of the publication of 'Dissent' - an extended conversation between Alimuddin Usmani and Gilad Atzmon...Read More
On Sunday the 26th, Israeli settlers gathered at the end of Hebrons occupied Shuhada Street, preparing to go on a march through the H1 area, which is the Palestinian administrated part of the city .Three international activists were present, documenting the behavior of the settlers and Israeli soldiers. At one point a settler walked up to the activist, and openly issued threats on their lives, telling them “Remember this face, because it will be the last thing you see on this earth” and “I am going to find each and every one of you”. This is not the first time that settlers has threatened the safety of international activists, and activist has in the past been subjected to severe physical attacks and harassment from settlers.
News Report from Palestine 1946Read More
For some peculiar reason American presidents seem to fail to grasp the scope of Jewish power while in office. It takes them years, sometime decades to comprehend the detrimental impact of The Lobby and its culture.Read More
A suspected “price tag,” or retaliation, arson attack by right-wing Jewish settlers killed an 18-month-old Palestinian child in a house in the occupied West Bank and injured several other people, according to Israeli police.Read More
Haaretz reported recently that a spokeswoman for the Israeli embassy in Berlin told Israeli journalists it was ‘in the country’s interest to maintain German guilt about the Holocaust, and that it isn’t seeking full normalization of relations between the governments.’Read More
“It is very clear that British public is tired of these Zionist wars. It is tired of fake left and fake Labour. And the success of Jeremy Corbyn is probably the most positive sign we see in British politics for decades. It means that there is a support for genuine call for equality, for proper working class politics,” Gilad Atzmon told Press TV’s UK Desk on Friday.Read More
A good book should hold within its covers a range of ingredients including a bit of poignancy, a touch of irony, a few shockers, a good dose of truth and a smattering of education. It should also entertain. A good book will contain all of this and take around two days to read, if you really get involved. A to Zion: The Definitive Israeli Lexicon offers all of the above, and will only take between 5-10 minutes to read.Read More
Precious moments with the great Dieudonné last month at the Bal des QuenellesRead More
While I am confident that you personally did not blackball Alison, the group has. To me that is an indication that it has been co-opted by Zionists and Christians who are so philosemitic that they cannot even recognise the hypocrisy of their actions. Shame on them and their refusal to speak truth to power.Read More
Manuel Talens died Tuesday, July 21, in Valencia following a long illness. I lost a close friend and Europe lost one of its bravest critical minds, a major intellect and one of Spain’s best translators. Manuel was a true left intellectual, now pretty much an extinct political animal. It is difficult to imagine the world without him.
A decade ago, I advised the ‘Jews in the movement’ as they call themselves that they were heading toward a disaster. Manuel and I identified the depth of the flaws in Jewish anti Zionism. We spotted the tribal core that drives non ethical judeo-centric politics. If my detractors were brave enough to read my work instead of desperately trying to destroy me, they could save themselves from the disaster to come.Read More
‘ Do you know he is one of the best players alive today?’ someone asked me recently about Gilad Atzmon. I did not know how to reply because for me, Gilad is distinctive and who am I to compare him with anyone else? At the California Club, which converts into a Jazz Club in Ipswich, Suffolk, however, I was to get my answer.
- Jul 21, 2015
- By Sammy Stein
From the start, things went well. It was one of those evenings when a player finds the right level of banter for the audience and has them in the palm of their hand after the first number and a bit of well-judged humour. The Orient House Ensemble back Gilad’s playing well and this comes of nearly 25 years of playing together – albeit with a few changes here and there. Yaron Stavi on bass seems to be able to fill every conceivable gap Gilad leaves (and there are not many) with beautiful, flowing bass lines and his solo sections are wonderful whilst Frank Harrison uses his keys to almost perfection with atmospheric soloes. Mostly playing tracks form their latest album ‘The Whistle Blower’ the band took the listener on journeys through places and settings. Numbers included ‘Gazza Mon Amour’ with its grinding, driving eastern melody and rhythms, ‘The Romantic Church’ which is a gentler number on the album but here extended and enhanced by some wicked bass, keys and a sax solo. ‘ The Whistle Blower’ (which has the audience wolf whistling at the appropriate places, encouraged by Gilad and the band singing, slightly off key but with great enthusiasm, and ‘For Moana’ – a beautiful, sex laden piece written about an Italian porn star Moana Pozzi, who later turned to politics – Gilad even looked her up on his I-pod when he realised half the audiences (actually more like 90 percent) had no idea who she was and passed the pictures around the audience, warning the men not to get too excited. He said it was OK with his wife as she died 20 years ago (Moana, not his wife). ‘Burning Bush’ was dedicated, tongue in cheek to George Bush and as an encore the band played their version of Hoagy Carmichael andStuart Gorrell,’s ‘Georgia’.
However, that evening what struck me was Gilad’s playing. I have seen him play a few times, with the OHE and also with The Blockheads but I have never seen him play like this. A combination of moods, an open ear, inspiration from somewhere else and a great atmosphere in the club led to some of the best playing I can remember. Gilad plays slightly hunched over, the sax seemingly an extension of his arms and middle section, he trills, he rolls, he squeezes emotion from his instrument and then he improvises, taking it just far enough away from the theme not to lose this fairly traditional audience but proving that as an improviser Gilad has few rivals. His interaction with the audience was largely well received, although, as ever, he pushed some his points to the limit, bringing in political references which were designed to get a reaction – some of them- did but back to the music. When Gilad shuts his eyes, rocks like a man possessed and unleashes the power of his lungs and his dexterity with a sax, beware, let it wash over you, sit back and just enjoy. It is very rare that I am genuinely ‘blown away’ by a musician and often, one I have seen several times can no longer really surprise me but this night, this place and this time, Gilad did just that. In answer to the guy who said Gilad was one of the best players in the world I now have an answer – I think he (probably) is.
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Congratulation to the Free Palestine Movement for making the step. We are moving rapidly towards a partitioned solidarity movement. The separation wall between the Anti Zionist Zionists AKA AZZ and the rest of us is impossible to deny.
From a promise land to a promise planet ...Read More
In a ‘landmark speech’ according to The Times, British PM David Cameron promised to single out “Muslim conspiracy theorists” who believe that “Jews exercise malevolent power, that 9/11was inspired by the Israeli intelligence agency, Mossad, and that Britain allowed 7/7 because it wanted an anti Muslim backlash.” PM Cameron vowed to tackle ideas “hostile” to British liberal values but I am baffled – if I understand it correctly, according to Cameron, everyone in Britain except Muslims, is allowed to discuss issues of Jewish power or whether 9/11 was a Mossad operation. Here, Cameron might be slightly confused. Liberal values suggest the complete opposite. We, and by we, I mean all Brits, are supposed to be equal in the eyes of the law. What David Cameron was preaching seems like Israeli and Zionist values.Read More
Statement of Palestinian groups and individuals in the occupied homeland, refugee camps and the diaspora about the global war on Syria
More than 1000 Palestinians and Palestinian organizations from across the world have signed this statement, and we now welcome all persons and organizations to add their names. Just fill in below and submit. Thank you for your support.Read More
I have carefully read every word of your statement against Alison Weir. Thank you for making it very clear that you label any supposed or alleged attack on Jews as "anti-Semitic." This is an ancient argument and you are renewing it. I noticed that you seldom attempted to prove with a factual rebuttal that the supposed attacks on Jews were false. Let's face it you are reinforcing the idea that somehow that Jews presently and throughout history are immune to criticism as if somehow Jews have no responsibility at all for their persecution.Read More