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Fiasco In Islington

Part 2 is available here

Richard Hugus

Gilad Atzmon

Jazz saxophonist and writer Gilad Atzmon was recently banned from playing at an assembly hall in Islington, a borough of London, by order of the Islington Town Council. This came about as a result of an e-mail from one person – Martin Rankoff – saying nothing more than that if Atzmon was going to be at the venue on December 21 he would give a ticket that was given to him to someone else.

Rankoff wrote, “Mr Atzmon’s news and beliefs I personally find repulsive and do not wish to be in the same place as him, let alone listen to his music.” Rankoff included links to ADL and Israeli news outlets accusing Atzmon of antisemitism. Incredibly, on the basis of this letter alone, the Islington Council went way out of its way and contacted the show’s promoter to get Atzmon banned—something Rankoff didn’t even ask for.

Imagine the situation in reverse: Gilad Atzmon writes a letter to the Council saying he is uncomfortable with Martin Rankoff appearing in the audience at Islington assembly hall. He refers to Mr. Rankoff’s pro-Israel Twitter page where Rankoff calls Jeremy Corbyn “A F***ing Antisemite and Racist” and where Corbyn is pictured on a bike with a comment suggesting Corbyn should be rammed by a car. Atzmon says that he doesn’t feel safe with Rankoff in the audience. He finds Mr. Rankoff’s support for Israel repulsive because Israel was founded on genocide against the people of Palestine. As proof he provides links to news reports on the slaughter of unarmed protestors in Gaza since March 30, 2018, and a story on the Deir Yassin massacre of 1948.

This imaginary second complaint would have been scorned as an abridgement of Rankoff’s rights. Indeed, since the Islington Council has adopted the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance definition of antisemitism, in which criticism of Israel is deemed antisemitic, the Council would probably feel obliged to forward the letter to the authorities as evidence of hate speech.

The Council provided a statement on the banning in which it says: “under the Equality Act 2010, the Council must, in the exercise of its functions, have due regard to the need to foster good relations between different races and religions within the borough. The Council took account of the fact that Mr Atzmon’s presence at the Hall, and knowledge of his presence among residents of the borough, might harm such relationships, as well as the Council’s duty to tackle prejudice and promote understanding within the borough.”

This begs the question — in what way would either the “presence” of Gilad Atzmon or “knowledge of his presence among residents” harm the relationship between different races and religions in the borough? Atzmon was to appear at the venue as a saxophone player in a jazz group. It’s hard to imagine a more severe inversion of the concept of discrimination. On the basis of the feelings of one complainant, the right of a musician to work or even be present in Islington is taken away.

What lies behind this is a familiar tactic. Zionists have no argument to counter critics of Israel, so they try to shut them up by attacking their character and robbing them of their livelihood. Now AIPAC and other lobbies are working to make it illegal to criticize Israel, as we see in the recent case of a Texas speech therapist whose yearly contract was denied because she refused to sign a pledge not to support a boycott of Israel. One might ask, what does a teaching position in Pflugerville, Texas have to do with one’s opinions about a country seven thousand miles away? And why does that country have the right to compel anyone in the US to sign a loyalty oath?

If the BDS movement doesn’t do it, zealotry and fanatacism will be the undoing of the Zionist project. People don’t like being told what they are allowed to think and say. When our words and thoughts are policed, it makes us question all the more. What were once decent leftist positions against racism and discrimination have been twisted into a new kind of totalitarianism, one in which it is racist to question the racist, and discriminatory to question discrimination; one in which we are told to think something doesn’t exist when we can see with our own eyes that it does. The self-righteous members of the Islington Town Council have set a very dangerous precedent, and have been used as fools on top of it.


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UreKismet
UreKismet

Judging by the tenor of this thread I believe that most of the commenters have become confused due to an understandable if somewhat ‘olde worlde’ error.
Many are het up at a council which appears to have resiled from its duties to collect the rubbish, maintain the roads and resource libraries and instead this posse of alderpersons prefers to make pointless and obviously facile (since a small local government authority lacks the where ithall to enforce announcements concerning distant foreign lands) tilts at crooked windmills.

I’m afraid this issue is down to a total misunderstanding by citizens of the contemporary role of local government.
The underwhelming, over-ambitious & worthless souls who comprise members of local government of whatever ilk, stopped subscribing to the belief their tole was rubbish roads and books yonks ago.
As far as they and all within their circle of acquaintance are concerned, local government exists solely for the purpose of providing useless tossers with an opportunity to become professional politicians – MPs of safe constituency seats.
Years of insidiously gathered data has informed them that blocking Atzmon is a no-brainer.
It is unlikely anyone will change who they vote for if they had allowed him to play, just as no one with half a brain would change their vote against them on the basis this since all those who loath such sly opportunism would have deleted these grovelling carreerists from their list of prospective candidates long ago.

However there is one mob who not only never vote for them, had Atzmon been allowed to blow his horn, they would actively campaign against the the alderpersons for eve rmore.
The lack of patriotism which zionists feel toward their various homelands is aptly demonstrated by the cynical way that zionists happily sacrifice their home nation’s political viability. Frequently over a storm in a teacup such as this
Zionist don’t seem to give a flying fuck about any sacrifices britain may have made to stop nazis, too bad if the brit political structure is destroyed by their cynical abuse of it ‘cos that is all meaningless compared to zionism’s right to silence, restrain & punish any critics of the apartheid state.

willi uebelherr
willi uebelherr

Dear friends, please excuse my bad english.

Semits don’t exist. Only the family of semitic languages. Most important arabic. This means, the term Pro-Semit or Anti-Semit is nonsense.

Zionism. Mainly organised from Moses Hess, a friend of Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels. But his concept was to disolve the specific “choosen people”. Theodor Herzl and Zeev Jabotinski used it in the european dark-night of nationalism. And we see it with Cecil Rodes and Winston Churchill.

Jewish people. Only, if the follow the strict regulation of the Thora. People, they follow the jewish religion and use it every day. Jewish as people don’t exist. In the christianism we have the same.

Based on this we see a completely other background in Islington. I know, that Gilad Atzmon don’t like this interpretation. I understand, he grow up in West-Palestine, i in germany. I search for ways to a total equivalence of people, he found a completely rassism in his child and youthtime. Maybe, you have the same in England, Great Britain and UK.

rtj1211
rtj1211

Requirement for all Jews living in the UK to sign to remain as citizens:

1) The United Kingdom of Great Britain and Noerthern Ireland will be, as of 1st April 2019, once again be a sovereign nation.
2) It has never been, is not currently, nor will it ever be subservient to the State of Israel.
3) Jews as a people are no less likely to offend others than any other grouping in the UK and as such have no dispensation from the right of others to criticise them in robust but respectful ways.
4) Actions of the State of Israel in general have nothing to do with the Jewish Torah and any criticism of Israeli Government action has nothing to do with the daily religious lives of Jews around the world. Criticism of the Israeli Government, when appropriate, is a healthy duty of concerned citizens worldwide. Jews who claim it is offensive to them personally should seek therapy whose outcome should be the splitting of their unhealthy personality from their baby-like attachment to the Jewish State, which for whatever reason they have used as a mother substitute.
5) Jews who believe their race is instrinsically superior are racists unfit to hold Uk citizenship.They should emigrate or give up their BNP-style attitudes.
6) The term ‘anti-semitic’ is only applicable to actions applied universally against Jews. It is not antisemitic to criticise an individual Jew, the decision of a Synagogue, the political actions of AIPAC, the actions of Mossad.

This does not cover employment practices of firms owned and controlled by Jews, which should also come under the microscope, to endure that non Jews are not discriminated against.

There should also be strong restrictions on the Rights of Jews to promote racism by the State of Israel. Jews unwilling to subject the State of Israel to forensic anti racist examination should have no rights to reside in the UK.

None of what I have written is anti semitic. Nor does it imply any alloance with Islam. Requirement for Muslims should be every bit as robust, if not more so.

What I have written says that Jews should face the same political examinations as everyone else and that being a UK ctizen requires them to undergo that.

If they cannot cope with that, they are not very reasonable are they? I have not suggested any violence, any blackmail, any looting, any ghettos.

I have just placed clear limits on the State of Israel and Jews in terms of what they can and cannot do if they wish to interact with the Uk or be a Uk citizen.

Antonym
Antonym

Better start with male Pakistani-UK passport holders; plenty more of those around including some “explosive” characters!! All islamists believe they are superior, first above their own women, children and animals and next above there rest of the planet. Their main interest is life after death, with the 72 virgins (or white grapes) – the here and now is disposable.

mark
mark

And the main interests of the Zionist Apartheid Regime are genocide, terrorism, extortion, defamation, corruption, influence peddling, drug pushing, sex trafficking, and organ trafficking.

Einstein
Einstein

Like the shocking story of the British taxpayer funding the organ-trafficking of eighteen thousand children, this event concerning Jeremy Corbyn’s own council has been met with deafening silence by the mainstream media.
Why?

mark
mark

Who do you think owns the MSM, lock, stock and barrel?
Gypsies? Jehovah’s Witnesses?

Harry Law
Harry Law

Imagine if the UK had in its statutes, and the USA had in its constitution measures to ensure only white people had the right to immigration [one of Israel’s basic laws [1950] is only Jews have the right to immigration into Israel]. Continuing the analogy with Israel’s recently passed ‘Nation-State’ [basic law]. Also last week the Knesset rejected an Equal Rights Bill – Jewish MKs vote by 71-25 to reject equality between Jews and non-Jews.

1. “The states of the UK and the USA are the nation-states of the ‘white people”.

2. “The actualization of the right of national self- determination in the states of the UK/USA is unique to white people”

3. “The UK/USA will labour to ensure the safety of sons of white people”.

4. “The UK/USA will act to preserve the cultural, historical and religious legacy of white people among the Diaspora”.

5. “The UK/USA views ‘white’s only’ settlement as joint national values and will labour to encourage and promote its establishment and development”.

Now let us look at one of the IHRA examples which members of the Labour Party, some of Jewish origin, some not, have incorporated into the Labour Party rule book:

“Denying the Jewish people their right to self-determination – e.g. by claiming that the existence of a state of Israel is a racist endeavor”.

Who could deny that examples 1 to 5 above together with Israel’s Jews only immigration law if incorporated into UK and US law would prove 100% that the UK and US were inherently racist and that their ‘existence were racist endeavors’, and that anyone in the UK/US [including Jeremy Corbyn] who disapproved of 1 to 5 above, and said so, would fall foul of the IHRA definition, be accused of being Anti Semitic and drummed out of the Labour Party and possibly ostracized from society for life. The Labour party capitulation to the Israel lobby is disgraceful, they will come to regret it.

John

I am sick to the back teeth about Jews. Can’t stand them

Squeeth (@squeeth)

There’s a world of difference between Jews and zionists; best not to confuse them.

milosevic
milosevic

I keep hearing that “anti-zionism is the same thing as anti-semitism”. The tiny minority of self-identified Jews who are willing to contradict this claim, could be described as the exception that proves the rule. Apparently, the world of difference between Jews and Zionists is not at all apparent to the large majority of those who inhabit these largely overlapping categories, who are exceedingly eager that they should be confused, at all times, by everybody.

Why is that?

Husq
Husq

>There’s a world of difference between Jews and zionists; best not to confuse them.<

The "Jews" are as confused by their identity as much as they cause confusion.

Badger Down
Badger Down

No excuse. You can be a bacon, lettuce, and tomato sandwich, but if you support “israel” in Palestine, you are criminal.

Badger Down
Badger Down

Not all Jews are zionist. But since most Jews support the illegal occupation of Palestine, every Jew must be suspected of being zionist.

Jay-Q
Jay-Q

Keep prejudiced, narrow-minded and discriminatory statements like that to yourself.

Jay-Q
Jay-Q

Well, I am out of here. I can’t be part of a forum where people are able to make anti-Semitic statements and then get ‘thumbed down’ when trying to confront it. Shame.

mark
mark

What people like you can’t understand is that when you DO bad things, people SAY bad things about you.

Sarah Jannsen
Sarah Jannsen

You’re basically defending anti-Semitism, then?

milosevic
milosevic

Obviously, but for some reason unmentionably, one’s attitude to anti-Semitism depends entirely on one’s understanding of the nature of the Semitism that it is opposed to.

Traditionally, one is pathologized as an anti-Semite as soon as one begins to investigate the various symptoms and manifestations of Semitism, about which it is impermissible to know anything in detail. However, there are increasing indications that this defence system is starting to break down; the shrieks of “anti-Semite!!!” grow louder and more hysterical, as less and less attention is paid to them. Clearly, this is a self-reenforcing process; the natural outcome of anti-Semitism inflation will be that its ideological value declines to zero, and can no longer be exchanged for even the smallest quantities of ignorance and obedience. A sad day for Venetian merchants and their various shills, flunkeys, and stooges, but not necessarily for anyone else.

Chris
Chris

From my experience being a critic of Israel’s genocidal criminal behaviour makes you an anti-Semite, so could you tell us exactly what is it that one should not be ‘anti’ about when it comes to Semitism?

mark
mark

No, I’m defending humanity against genocide, terror, corruption, defamation, extortion, lies and all forms of criminality associated with sub human Zionist filth.

milosevic
milosevic

I think you’re confusing the Ubermenschen with the Untermenschen. According to the current scheme of things, it’s the dirty goyim who are the subhumans.

Francis Lee
Francis Lee

Yes, I wonder what the reaction of Islington Council would be if those talentless, self-publicising sluts of Pussy Riot applied to do a gig at Islington Town Hall? Of course, the Councillors would be falling over themselves, knocking over their lattes to oblige. Tickets advertising the gig would be available in the Gruan. There is an information/cultural war going on and the Labour party has been targeted for infiltration and has been infiltrated. I recently read an article in a Labour party sympathising publication which consisted on nothing other than the usual Russophobic bile. The author, a senior member of another London CLP, had, prior to this publication, been working for the Foreign Office in Afghanistan. Hmm, I wonder what she was doing in Afghanistan exactly? On an adjacent page was an article by someone, another female member of the same CLP, denouncing Putin and all his works, who hailed from Kazakhstan.

Yep, there’s money, kudos and a career structure in Russophobia.

Harry Law
Harry Law

The Labour party capitulation to the Israel lobby has been painful to watch, Len McCluskey [Unite Union] hoped that the party could keep the attacks on Corbyn at bay by agreeing to all the examples in the IHRA [working definition of Antisemiism] at the NEC, more fool McCluskey. Israel is clearly a racist state, from its Jews only immigration policy [basic law 1950] plus 65 laws which discriminate against Palestinians https://www.adalah.org/en/content/view/7771 up to the recent and blatantly racist Nation state law, also within the last week By 71 votes to 38 the Knesset rejects Equal Rights Bill – Jewish MKs vote by 71-25 to reject equality between Jews and non-Jews.
Labours Shadow Chancellor John McDonnell was interviewed by Jewish News/Times of Israel not long ago and made these comments on Corbyn sharing platforms with so called Anti-semitic groups over the years, McDonnell said “you have to look at why he was sharing platforms, it was not to endorse them, it was to try and engage with them”. So for all those many years Corbyn has traversed the country speaking up for the Palestinians in so many meetings it would be difficult to count them, McDonnell has the effrontery to claim he did not endorse them. This interview proves that McDonnell is a craven, spineless, lick-spittle with no respect for his colleagues or any self respect. Many leading Jurists who have examined the IHRA definition have said it is not fit for purpose, I am beginning to think the Labour party is not fit for purpose.

milosevic
milosevic

I am beginning to think the Labour party is not fit for purpose.

Tony bLiar’s regime didn’t succeed in convincing you?

Of course, if you assume that the purpose is serving the needs of the neoliberal ruling class, then they are extremely adept at it.

a craven, spineless, lick-spittle

Aren’t those the primary qualifications for advancement in the Slave Labour Party?

Squeeth (@squeeth)

McClusky tried to appease zionist antisemites? Gutless bastard. he and that spineless whelp Corbyn should ban zionists for the same reason that racists and fascists are banned. Reformist boobies.

mark
mark

You can never appease these people. Fight 5 wars for Israel and you are anti semitic because you haven’t fought 10 wars for Israel. Give Israel $50 billion and you are anti semitic because you haven’t given it $100 billion. Jesus Christ himself couldn’t please these people when he walked the earth 2,000 years ago, so what chance has anybody else got?

Joerg
Joerg

The power of the Zionist lobby relies on its power in the USA.
And there it is so powerful there, because the American Joe Six Pack and other large parts of the US society (Trump to me is also a Joe Six Pack, only a rich one) think, that (nowadays!) Israelis are “God’s people”.
And it is exactly this what makes those disgusting, mass murderous, cruel, illegal (to international, but possibly also to Israeli law) attacks of Israel possible.

And to change this Joe Six Pack should take those false “Judaic” pastors in the US to responsibility. Because for REAL Christians not even the old Hebrew were “God’s people” – the less nowadays Israelis, having totally different roots.
For REAL Christians even the old Hebrews were not “God’s people” because with his resurrection Jesus said (Mark 16:15): “Go into all the world and preach the gospel to all creation“.
So for Christians ALL(!) humans are “God’s people”.

But these false Judaic “Christian” pastors ignore Jesus’ words, because they follow the HEBREW religion – and not the CHRISTIAN faith, as they are supposed to do..
Also Israel’s murderous and buzzard’s acts and attitude trough all its relatively short existence is not Christian, but anti-Christian.
Also insofar these false pastors ignore Jesus’ words, because they follow the HEBREW religion – and not the CHRISTIAN faith.

And we have to make clear to Joe Six Pack that he is still a heather. And that his United States of America is as little “God’s land” as Saudi-Arabia is “Allah’s land”.
And we have to tell Joe Six Pack that if he wants his country to be “God’s land” he has TO MAKE IT “God’s land”! And this means a clear separation from or even protest against the Jews. With “Jews” I always mean followers of the Religion (so also black-skinned Ethiopians) – and never a “race”.

Their Religion, by the way, claims to be that of the old Hebrews – but is this not at all! Usually Christians think that the main Holy Book of Jews is the Old Testament. And, yes, that was true for the old Hebrews – two thousand years ago. But for at least a thousand years it is only Talmud, Thora and Kaballah: “The principal sacred text of the Kabbalah is the openly Satanic Zohar, which states the following: “Israel must make sacrifices to Satan so that he will leave Israel unmolested” (Zohar 2:33a). Also this: “The evil impulse is good, and without the evil impulse Israel cannot prevail in the world” (Zohar 1:61a).“. Source: “THE SAKER INTERVIEWS MICHAEL A. HOFFMAN II” – http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/50785.htm .

Also Joe Six Pack and his/her “Judaic”-Christian priests think of a “Jewish race” which are “God’s children”. But by race only THE PALESTIANIANS are the true descendants of the old Hebrews – not the nowadays Israelis. The nowadays Israelis are descendants of the “Khasars”, a Turk (not “Osman”!) empire north and east of the Black Sea that took over the Hebrew religion at about 600 A.D. This is why there were pogroms in Russia already some hundred years ago (because there were a lot of Jewish Khasars in Russia – probably much, much more than had ever been old “Israelites” in historical Palestine). This is why the Nazis could murder so many “Jews” in eastern Europe (Russia, Poland, Ukraine, Lithuania and so on). Those who use the Word “Jew” as a racial definition (Nazis, Zionists) must notice that the ancestors of Bob Dylan (“Zimmernann”) came from Russia – not Palestine! The ancestors of Rosa Luxemburg came from Poland – not Palestine!

When the Romans had occupied Palestine they didn’t expel the Hebrews at all. But obviously the economic situation there was very bad. So at about 100 A.D. a lot of Hebrews left for nowadays Italy, Spain, Portugal, Turkey (“East Rome”), southern France. But then no one left for the Black Sea area – dominated be the Scythians, a nomadic herds people. There these economic emigrants could never have survived. Only much later the Khasars conquered that area.

And thus we should inform Joe Six Pack (with this I also mean ‘black’ Joe Six-packs!) that he/she has to request of his Pastor or Catholic priest to unmask and protest against Israel.
But now nearly all US states made it a crime to call for a boycott of Israel and its commercial products. See the map in this article: http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/50785.htm

Wazdo
Wazdo

In 1935, my gradparents, seeing which way the political wind was blowing, sent their only child from Manhiem in Germany to England. She made two visits back, (brave or what!) until she lost contact with them in late 1938. During the war she joined the British Army to fight the Nazis and it was in Catterick Yorkshire that she met our father.

They married in 1946, after he had served in Palastine and they remained married until his death in 2009.

She asked that her remains lie next to her husband’s in the Jewish cemetary but the local synagogue refused her request because he was not Jewish and so she was forced to make other arrangements.

How can a man’s ashes be any religion, Christian, Jewish or Moslem, to name but three.

And what do you call people who refuse such a request? Anti-Goy?

Or am I and Anti-Semite/Self Hating Jew for even bringing the subject up?

And to the rest of you, I have been a manual labourer all my life and wouldn’t know a Rothschild if I fell over one.

milosevic
milosevic

I have been a manual labourer all my life and wouldn’t know a Rothschild if I fell over one.

Consider whether “Jewish” isn’t, more than anything else, a political category. That would certainly explain why the large majority of people who identify as such, believe that zionism is part of the package.

If your political sympathies differ greatly from theirs, then maybe you aren’t actually “Jewish”, in the same sense that they are.

am I an Anti-Semite/Self Hating Jew?

You might be interested to read Gilad Atzmon’s book, The Wandering Who?, if you haven’t already. Being an ex-Jew seems like it might be a more productive option, than being a self-hating one.

I think that when it comes to Israel and ‘Jewish power’ every humanist, including myself, has a conflict to handle. I would formulate it as such: ‘how can I tell the truth about Israel, the Lobby, and Zionism and still maintain my position as a humanist’. It took me very many years to learn to differentiate between the wheat and chaff. I learned to distinguish between Jews (the people), Judaism (the religion) and Jewishness (the ideology). This differentiation is not free of problems, because, as we know, most Jews themselves do not know where they stand on those three. Most Jews do not know where Judaism ends and Jewishness starts.

Likewise, most Jewish anti Zionists fail to admit that they actually operate in Jewish exclusive political cells. We are dealing with a very peculiar political identity indeed. It is racially oriented and deeply racist. It is supremacist, yet it is saturated with victimhood. This identity conveys a universal image – yet in truth, it is driven by tribal interests.

In my writing however, I restrict myself to issues to do with Jewish ideology (Jewishness). I try to grasp that unique sense of chosen-ness and observe how it comes into play within politics, culture and practice. It is obvious that, for the time being, there are no intellectual tools to restrict criticism of ideology. And this really means that my detractors are pretty much left in a hopeless situation— they do not posses the intellectual means to silence me or my criticism, so instead, they revert to smear campaigns: they label me an ‘anti Semite’, a ‘Neo Nazi’, a ‘racist’, and so on. Tragically enough for them, no one out side of the Jewish political circuit takes any of these empty accusations at all seriously anymore.

Also, I would like to mention that the notion of ‘Jewish Power’ could be confusing and misleading: it needs elaboration. When I discuss Jewish Power, I am strictly referring to the ability of Jewish interest groups to mount political pressure. And it is very important to realise here, and I must emphasise that Jewish power is not at all a conspiracy. It is explored — in the open —through organisations that are set to mount pressure and serve Jewish interests. Such groups are AIPAC, AJC, CFI, LFI, and so on. Zionists are open about, and proud of their lobbying powers. They brag about it — they enjoy seeing the American joint house sitting and standing submissively for PM Netanyahu.

http://www.voltairenet.org/article171581.html

DavidKNZ
DavidKNZ

For a wider context, see the “forbidden” documentary from “Al Jazzera”
https://www.aljazeera.com/investigations/thelobby/
which details the aims, methods and lack of scruples of the Israeli lobby in UK

Jay-Q
Jay-Q

Considering that the BBC is financed by licence payers to the tune of over £3bn a year this should be shown on TV, but it won’t and never will.

Jay-Q
Jay-Q

Not one word in the rag Guardian about Israel attacking Syria on Christmas day.

John

Oy vey they have been shut down from any Criticism of the “chosen tribe”

ZigZag Wanderer
ZigZag Wanderer

Professional hit by Martin Rankoff & the Sussex Friends of Israel. Council bought and paid for.

I visited Martins YouTube channel hoping to learn about his passion for Jazz.

63 videos .. no jazz .. all zionism. https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCLD6zZseLGxoaV_406Yd_Vw/videos?disable_polymer=1

harry stotle
harry stotle

I’m sure it was just coincidence Rankoff bought tickets for this particular artist without researching his political affiliations?

In such orchestrated, sorry, I meant accidental circumstances, the only logical thing was to involve the council leader not to mention the finest lawyers the public purse can stretch to.

Islington may not be able to house vulnerable families but there will always money available for vexacious complaints especially when there is a slight risk the views being expressed are not in line with those approved by Margaret Hodge or other intolerant activists.

harry stotle
harry stotle

Just to add the council leader and his lawyers have pissed off the Blockheads as well – the band seem rather dubious about Rankoff purporting to be an ‘avid’ fan (bearing in mind Gilad has played 100s of gigs with the Blockheads including 2 previous shows at Islington Assembly Hall).
https://www.gilad.co.uk/writings/2018/12/19/the-blockheads-are-outraged-at-the-ruling-by-islington-council

Maybe the punk loving Rankoff didn’t notice Gilad before, or maybe he has only been an avid fan during the period it takes to satisfy Margaret Hodge’s crazed demand for a Labour party bereft of actual socialists or internationalists?

willi uebelherr
willi uebelherr

Dear friends, what is off-gurdian?
If you wnat to inform to Gilad Atzmon, then you have tu use hist writings blogs.

A Christmas Miracle in Islington
Gilad Atzmon, 24.12.2018
https://www.gilad.co.uk/writings/2018/12/24/a-christmas-miracle-in-islington

An open Christmas Greeting to a few Labour Politicians
Gilad Atzmon, 25.12.2018
https://www.gilad.co.uk/writings/2018/12/24/a-christmas-miracle-in-islington

“Sax Discrimination” …A Christmas Miracle In Islington, UK
24.12.2018
https://stgeorgewest.blogspot.com/2018/12/sax-discrimination-christmas-miracle-in.html

Santa Claus has played the Sax. And the people there was very happy. Not you.from Off-Guardin, and not the Labor mafia.

Con
Con

???

Gary Weglarz
Gary Weglarz

Sad to see that this nonsense is taking place on both sides of the Atlantic. I’ll save the government and all their ancillary thought control groups the trouble and just admit outright that I did have a – “pro-Palestinian thought” – today! I admit it, I’m sorry, I’ll do my best to keep my thinking within acceptable bounds in the future. I don’t know what comes over me, but sometimes out of nowhere I just find myself thinking that – “Palestinians are human beings too” – and I can’t seem to totally shake it no matter how much MSM I read and how much corporate television news I watch. —– Why does it feel like Western public discourse has somehow morphed into Orwell’s surreal question of – “how many fingers am I holding up?” Please, someone tell me a nice bed-time story about “Western democracy” and Western “respect for human rights” and Western “respect for international law,” or any of the other surrealist fairy tales we hold so dear.

Robert Laine

I’m shocked by your revelation, Gary, but thanks for sharing. The nonsense may be mitigated here now that the student body at the U. of Chile has signed up to BDS, and the fact that we have the largest Palestinian population outside the Middle East.
https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2018/05/chile-giving-citizenship-palestinian-refugees-180515114630102.html

milosevic
milosevic

any of the other surrealist fairy tales we hold so dear

— since The Day When Surreal Faery Tales Came True.

Julio Bigtime
Julio Bigtime

To Islington Council Dec 20, 2018 — “Your decision to dis-allow Gilad Atzmon’s attendance/performance with the Blockheads is wrong. You have unwittingly been tricked by Zionists. You should change your minds. Do the right thing…. Say NO to Zionism.”

From Islington Council, Complaints Assistant, Customer Service Division Dec 21, 2018 — “Thank you for your online form.
We acknowledge receipt of your complaint. Please see the Council’s statement on this matter which can be found here: https://www.islington.media/news/statement-gilad-atzmon
Kind Regards, …”

Devon
Devon

Here are nearly 5000 signatures telling Islington Council what an abomination was their decision to ban Gilad Atzmon. Which community, exactly, is Islington Council working for?
https://www.change.org/p/devon-nola-gmail-com-hands-off-gilad-atzmon?recruiter=3196660&utm_source=share_petition&utm_medium=copylink&utm_campaign=share_petition&fbclid=IwAR2eVj1QK0gPPTJDr31_sXxDgEE9oVta22OWM4PF-HDrFmg1CHNb5EF4Y2w

Devon
Devon

The big story here is that this saga started with a request from Likud-UK Director, Martin Rankoff and when things got complicated, the compromised Council not only hired London’s most expensive law firm, it turns out they also represented the notorious Likudnik, Sheldon Adelson. Isn’t this too many Likud connections for one Progressive Labour Council?

vexarb

Accordingto Francis Lee below, that “Progressive Labour” council is packed with the remnants of “New Labour”. Israel Firsters — or rather, Rothschild Firsters, like TB.Liar himself the cynical Middle East Peace Envoy who held jobs in 3 different Rothschild companies.

John

If there is something bad happening anywhere in the world four countries and two peoples will be up to there necks in it; America, Britain, Israel and the Saudis and the people’s are so called Anglo Saxons and Jews

Robert Laine

Thank you for an excellent article about free speech and the danger of smear campaigns. I notice with interest that in 2011 the Guardian was helpful in giving us the truth by providing a platform to Andy Newman to warn us about Mr. Atzmon and antisemitism in the Labor Party and on the left.
https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2011/sep/25/gilad-atzmon-antisemitism-the-left

Nicolas Maroudas
Nicolas Maroudas

Significant date, 2011. Launch of NATZO’s ruthless ISIS terrorists in attempt to implement Zionazi Oded Yinon plan to dismember Syria and hand over its hydrocarbon resources to Rothschild companies such as Genie Energy (shareholders include notorious Anglo Zio Caitalists such as Rothschild, Cheney, Murdoch et al).

ADKC
ADKC

“Atzmon was born in a secular Jewish family in Tel Aviv, Israel, Ashkenazi on his father’s side, and grew up in Jerusalem. His great-grandmother was a victim of World War II, but he refuses to assign her death a special Holocaust status. His grandfather was, he states, a commander in the paramilitary Irgun during the period of the British Mandate in Palestine, who subscribed to the doctrines of Ze’ev Jabotinsky, hated Germans, despised the British, was angry with Palestinians for living on land that God had given to Jews, and loathed Jewish leftists. For Atzmon he was a ‘veteran Zionist terrorist’, and he himself grew up in what he describes as a ‘happy childhood’ imbued with a spirit of ‘militant enthusiasm.’

“Atzmon was conscripted into the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) in June 1981. He began his service as a combat medic and participated in the 1982 Lebanon War. Aztmon was transferred to a position within the Israel Defense Forces Orchestra and spent most of his military service in the Israeli Air Force orchestra. He explains this as a reflection of the fact that ‘’(p)laying scales at the speed of light seemed to me far more important than killing Arabs in the name of Jewish suffering.’ Three weeks before the end of his military service, in the wake of the war, his troupe visited an IDF detention camp at Ansar, Lebanon. He later wrote that this was a ‘life-changing’ experience, coming into direct contact with the conditions of captured Palestinians, some locked in solitary confinement in what he took at first to be 1 metre square concrete boxes for guard dogs. During a guided tour, he states that, as he peered across the barbed wire at the POWs, he felt that ‘the place was a concentration camp. The inmates were the ‘Jews’, and I was nothing but a ‘Nazi’.’ As soon as he was demobbed from the army, he took flight to Europe in December 1984, living as a busker.”

-Wikipedia

The real reason why Gilad Atzmon was banned; he refuses to take part in the oppression of Palestinians, was disgusted by his experiences and speaks out against it.

John

But but but but **looks round desperately for some kind of evidence, STRUGGLES** erm UNTEH SHUMURTISM