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Opinion Editorials, August 2017
Drummer Will McClure, 73, who attended my concert on the evening of 6 August was subjected to an attack outside the concert by some anti Atzmon hooligans. He was injured in his eye and suffered from shock.
A week ago, the Oxford Albion Beatnik Book Shop, which hosted my concert, received a threatening letter from Stephen Silverman of the Campaign Against Anti-Semitism (CAA). Silverman hinted that something may happen unless the club surrendered to his demand and cancelled the concert. On the night of 6 August we saw the first violent attack against a Jazz audience. Will’s eyes bled for an hour.
We had a packed room in Oxford, and I can assure you that the audience was not impressed. Britons do not like to see their historic city of Oxford turned into a battle zone. If the CAA is genuinely concerned about anti-Semitism, it had better go out of its way to make sure that such an incident never happens again because, as things stand, the CAA and other Jewish organisations such as Jewdas are introducing violence and hooliganism to the British arts scene. This is unacceptable and it won’t be tolerated!
I should mention that the Jewish members of the audience were devastated and embarrassed by it all. They insisted on disassociating themselves from this unfortunate event.
The police are involved
The following message was left by Will’s wife on my Facebook page
I hope the person responsible for throwing the egg tonight that was obviously intended for Gilad Atzmon reads this. You see, I am the wife of the person you assaulted with the egg. We are not from this country but here on holiday from New Zealand. We first met Gilad 17 years ago when we attended a concert in London and over the years whenever we have travelled we have managed to catch Gilad performing in several different countries.
My husband is 73 years old and also a musician. He did not deserve this attack and neither did Gilad or any other person. The egg struck my husband in the eye. The egg shell shattered and penetrated his eye, cutting the eyeball [and] causing it to bleed. He eyesight is badly affected and there is a great swelling to his eye socket… However, you will not get away with this. The police are now involved. Your car will be identified by CCTV footage and we will press for criminal charges to be laid and hold you financially responsible for all medical expenses and any physical or emotional damage caused by this random act of stupidity.
What you did tonight was nothing short of cowardly behaviour and you should be thoroughly ashamed of what you have done and the harm you have caused my husband… If you had the decency you would admit responsibility and apologise in person, but from your behaviour tonight I doubt if you would have the guts to do so, Shame on you whoever you are…
Denni Harrison is the owner of the Albion Book Shop. He was subjected to pressure by the CAA. The following message was left on my Facebook page:
I have hosted Gilad Atzmon perhaps 30 times in 10 years, many venues, music and talks. Never, ever any hint of a problem from audience or any outside (never protesters). Only after receiving a letter from the “enforcement” officer of the Campaign Against Anti-Semitism (CAA), who has an “understanding that protests… are likely”, do I have trouble. Silverman did not issue a threat, but I draw my own conclusions. The CAA is a sham charity with no conviction that seeks to get others to do its dirty work for them; it believes that “individuals should be at the forefront of the fight”, so should be held accountable for this serious and violent crime upon an innocent bystander.
Zion Declares War on British Jazz
by Gilad Atzmon
Back in the day, my detractors at least attempted to encounter my arguments and debate me. They didn’t get too far. Since the publication of my new book Being in Time: a Post-Political Manifesto, they have changed their tactics: they insist on obliterating my international jazz career.
Earlier today, a book shop in Oxford that regularly hosts my concerts posted the attached letter (see below) to my Facebook page. The Oxford venue received the letter from the ultra-Zionist Campaign Against Antisemitsm (CAA). The CAA letter is blatantly and intentionally defamatory and duplicitous.
The CAA and other Zionist institutions have been busy subjecting every British jazz venue that features my music to intense harassment. It is no secret that Zionism has been destroying Palestine, its people and its culture for decades. However, eradicating British culture and British jazz in particular may be taking this carnage one step too far.
A number of the British promoters, venues and festivals who received a copy of this defamatory letter against me attempted to investigate the CAA’s accusations and have found the allegations to be baseless, delusional and duplicitous. By way of illustration, the band I am touring with at the moment is led by a NY Jewish musician and the bass player is an ex- Israeli: not exactly a 'Neo-Nazi' quartet.
My best selling book, The Wandering Who, which has been translated into 14 languages and was endorsed by a huge list of academics and humanists worldwide, is denounced in the CAA’s letter as “probably the most anti-Semitic book published in this country in recent years.” But the CAA possesses the legal means to stop the distribution of ‘antisemitic literature.’ In my case they face a real problem; my writings may be controversial, but they are ethically driven, call for a humanist introspective examination, and are well within the boundaries of the law in every country including Israel.
It is noticeable that the CAA’s letter doesn’t provide links to my words. This is not a coincidence. My work is careful and measured. I never refer critically to Jews as a people, race, biology or a collective. I instead scrutinise the meaning of Jewish identity politics and ideology. I do believe that in a free society every ideology and politics must be subject to criticism.
This is the only link the CAA provides to my work: http://linkis.com/bit.ly/nrHBo . Read my words and decide for yourself whether you agree or not.
I define Jewish power as the power to silence criticism of Jewish power. At the moment the CAA and other Jewish organisations are mounting a campaign to suppress any form of legitimate criticism of Israel, Zionism and Jewish political lobbying in the West. Perhaps inadvertently, the CAA has affirmed my definition of Jewish power. They are desperate to suppress any possible criticism related to Jewish politics and ideology. Roger Waters, Vicar Stephen Sizer, David Icke, Ken Livingstone and many others have been subjected to similar vile campaigns that are determined to eliminate basic freedom of speech in the UK.
I do accept that the CAA and other Zionist organisations insist upon remaking Britain into their banana republic- a place deprived of freedom of expression, a country where dissenters are subject to constant threats and harassment. I suppose I could go along with the CAA’s vision of Britain so long as the CAA and its Zionist allies can also improve the weather and make the price of tropical fruits drop significantly.
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