Gilad Atzmon

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Welcome to Gilad Atzmon's webpage. This site provides information about Gilad's musical and intellectual activity.  

Fighting Poverty with a Hate Map?

The name, ‘The Southern Poverty Law Center’ (SPLC) is misleading. The SPLC does little to alleviate poverty,  its own stated goals are: fighting hate, teaching tolerance and seeking justice. At the moment, the SPLC lists its top activity as attempting to remove confederate statues and symbols. This is consistent with the activity for which the SPLC is best known, its annual hate map in which it locates so-called ‘hate’ groups on a map of the United States. How is it that one of the best funded poverty law centers acts as an arbitrar of hate instead of as an advocate for the poor?

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"We're All Palestinians Now" (video)

I toured California last week. Following is my talk at the Monterey Peace and Justice Center, presented by the Women's International League for Peace and Freedom. I elaborated on my ‘most controversial ideas’: The J-Word, the Post political, the meaning of history and Athens vs. Jerusalem. The talk was introduced by Barbara Honegger. It was followed by a Q&A session.

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The way forward...

 In the last few days I gave a series of house talks with music events throughout California. In each city I visited I explored my ideas with people many of whom were relatively new to my work. The events were a great success. By speaking directly to a smaller group, I could convey my ideas and have the time to discuss questions raised by those in attendance. It is an incredible way to make people think about and analyse identity politics and other issues that have led to our current situation. I intend to offer more talks (and music) in as many different regions as I can. Please let me know whether you are willing to arrange such an event in your town.

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Capitulation

To avoid repeating such embarrassing events such as this, maybe BCRI should get its humanist list from the ADL.  Maybe all organizations should check with their local synagogue to obtain a list of permissible saxophonists who can play with The Blockheads on Christmas, which Black men and women can be honored for their work on civil and human rights, who can write lyrics for Pink Floyd and the list goes on. This seems the best way to relieve future tensions with one community determined to dictate to all others who they are permitted to celebrate.

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The Witch Hunt: from Pontius Pilate to the Labour Party

Jewish past is littered with witch hunts that boomeranged. In fact, the birth of Christianity contains a classic example of this. Jesus’ persecution began with a hate campaign against a whistle blower who held some radical views, such as ‘love your neighbor’ or ‘turn the other cheek.’ Historically, it was the Sanhedrin war against Jesus that made him into Christ – the message as well as the messenger.

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Hate speech without hate: Britain and the United States

Gilad Atzmon is fighting a battle for free speech in England. Here’s why it matters in the United States. Atzmon was prohibited by a local council, Islington, made up almost entirely of Labour Party members, from playing the saxophone with his band the Blockheads. The ban followed a complaint from a far right Zionist, who in his own social media posts frequently disparaged and threatened the Labour Party and its leader as anti Semitic. 

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I own my Words!

Following the orchestrated vast smear campaign against, me, my work, my writing and my music I decided to tackle my most controversial quotes. As you can see, I don't back down. I own my words with pride!

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An open Christmas Greeting to a few Labour Politicians

Dear MP Jeremy Corbyn, MP Chris Williamson, Cllr Richard Watts and members of the Islington Council.

I would like to wish you all a merry Christmas and a happy new year.

I want to assure you that during the holiday I will not respond to the biased and unprovoked punitive ban that you imposed on me, and to the shame you have brought upon yourselves and your party. I want to allow you sufficient time to rethink your unreasonable actions. I do want to assure you that this story is not going to go away.

As soon as 2019 settles in, I along with the very active movement that has supported me in recent weeks, will push for answers.

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A Christmas Miracle in Islington

Santa was a quick learner. He figured out how to bend the notes, Atzmon style. He learned my runs and twists. He even learned how to shake his legs against the beat as the solo progressed towards the peak. At a certain stage, I was a bit miffed, it seemed Santa was actually slightly better than me in being me.

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Gilad Atzmon's Christmas Message (2018)

Following the intense smear campaign against me, my work, my writing and my livelihood, I decided to produce this short Christmas message and address the ludicrous accusations against me and also to wish you all merry Christmas and Happy New Year. Thank you all for your support.

Please share with friends and foes.

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Islington Council vs. Gilad Atzmon-UK Column News

Exploring Islington Council’s unlawful ruling. A council that is on the brink of financial collapse was willing to spend tens of thousand of tax payers money hiring one of Britain’s most expensive law firms just to stop me playing saxophone with the Blockheads 4 days ahead of Christmas. Why? Because one ultra rightwing Pro Israeli activist complained that he would feel uncomfortable with me on stage. I guess that this sums up what British Labour 2018 is. Let’s hope they improve in 2019 but I don’t hold my breath.

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A Call for Action

I urge my supporters and every Brit who would like the Council’s funds to be spent on more worthy causes to submit a Freedom of Information request and demand full disclosure of the Council’s legal expenses related to its fear of my saxophone.

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Gilad Atzmon on Kevin Barrett's Truth Jihad talking about the Islington "Blockhead Ban"

Kevin Barrett: Gilad Atzmon is one of Europe's greatest saxophonists—and probably the hardest working one. He also may be the "most censored thinker" in the Western world. Everywhere he goes, Zionists (and occasionally anti-Zionists) clamor to have him banned. Now the censors may have gone too far. After the Islington (London) council banned him from performing with The Blockheads based on a single complaint from an angry Zionist, a wave of support for Gilad, and for free speech, has been washing across the world.

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British Labour? Labour Zionism more likely

Although some of us still harbor hopes for  Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn, the Labour party has not exactly been a happy collective. Labour can look like a treacherous herd spitting poison and stabbing each other in the back, claiming allegiance to values that are supposed to be universal but which are not specified or displayed. Bruke might have said that for evil to triumph all that is needed is a few Labourites to accomplish what they do best: Being compromised. The following may shatter any hopes you still clung to for a  Labour transition. I apologise in advance.

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