US Boat to Gaza proudly presents antisemite Gilad Atzmon at its fundraising party

Antisemite Gilad Atzmon

The US Boat to Gaza proudly advertised:

In concert and talk.

A benefit for the Bay Area’s flotilla passengers who will be onboard The Audacity of Hope. You’ll meet them as they get ready to go on the “Freedom Flotilla – Stay Human” to break Israel’s illegal naval blockade, an awesomely courageous revolutionary liberatory, even world-history-making action.

Atzmon is a worldwide-renowned jazz saxophonist par excellence. He was born and raised in Israel. After serving in the Israeli military he became an expat and lives in London. He also holds a PhD in philosophy and is a prolific writer and speaker on Israel-Palestine.

Please join Gilad, his pianist Daniel Raynaud, and the passengers.

May 10, 2011 at 4:30pm

Gilad Atzmon is an unambiguous and explicit antisemite.  These are the kinds of things that Atzmon likes to say:

“They try to call me an anti-Semite, I’m not an anti-Semite. I’ve got nothing against the Semite people, I don’t have anything against people – I’m anti-Jewish, not anti-Jews.

“I think Jewish ideology is driving our planet into a catastrophe and we must stop.”

“The Nazis were indeed . . . evil. They did things that were disastrously inhuman and unacceptable. But this doesn’t mean the Jewish ideology is correct, because in fact Jewish ideology and Nazi ideology were very similar.”

See this pdf on Harry’s Place for the antisemitic things that Atzmon has said and written.

See this piece by David Hirsh on Atzmon.

See this piece by David Aaronovitch on Atzmon.

David Adler assessed Atzmon years ago, in Jazz Times.

More on Atzmon here.

Even Sue Blackwell thinks Atzmon is an antisemite.

But the ‘antiracist’ antizionists have to take some responsibility for Atzmon.

13 Responses to “US Boat to Gaza proudly presents antisemite Gilad Atzmon at its fundraising party”

  1. Brian Goldfarb Says:

    Isn’t it interesting that just as we hear ( that the UN Secretary General is about to pronounce that the naval blockade of Gaza is legal and thus the measures taken by the Israeli navy are, therefore, legal, along comes the new flotilla, saying inter alia, that they are going in order ” to break Israel’s illegal naval blockade”. Bet you that they reject that Report and its findings, just as I would bet you that they accept a report that declared the blockade illegal, irrespective of who produced the report.

    Funny how that happens when Israel’s involved isn’t it.

  2. Bill Says:

    Paging Alice Walker’s publicist.

  3. Jean Says:

    Will Gilad be actually +on+ the boat’s voyage? Here’s hoping:)

    • Bill Says:

      The thought of GA’s next career move being a third-rate act on will no doubt a third-rate cruiseline has some appeal. “Play some Kenny G!!!”

  4. Inna Says:

    And Alice Walker is associating herself with this… man? How sad. How truly and profoundly sad to see Alice Walker as one with an infamous racist.

    • Bill Says:

      I s’spect most Americans, and Walker’s audience, likely don’t know who GA is Jazz-wise let alone his racist views. I bet even her publicist doesn’t know.

  5. Argaman Says:

    David – No, they didn’t respond or apologize. Typical.

  6. Joy Wolfe Says:

    Can anyone confirm that the Audacity of Hope has been refused permission to sail from Greece?
    Also have you seen Howard Jacobson;s piece about Alice Walker

  7. Sarah AB Says:

    It is perhaps also worth noting that Tony Greenstein, as well as Sue Blackwell, is strongly opposed to Gilad Atzmon.

    • Bill Says:

      That says plenty about Atzmon. But for Blackwell and Greenstein, distancing themselves from Atzmon when combined with their other antics and giving them praise is like patting a tobacco chewer on the back for his oral hygiene because he flosses once a week.

  8. Argaman Says:

    This isn’t the first time Alice Walker has flirted with anti-Jewish racism – see my discussion of an article by her on her blog:

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