STATEMENT ON THE BANNING OF A CONCERT BY GILAD ATZMON

Israeli-born saxophonist Gilad Atzmon has been targeted for intimidation by the Zionist zealots of the North West Friends of Israel (NWFOI), resulting in the cancellation of a concert at the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester.
Atzmon’s views have set him at odds with the BDS movement and in particular with its Jewish supporters, but this must not prevent us standing up to acts of censorship by the pro-Israel lobby.
J-BIG founder member Prof Moshe Machover has written the following statement.
Dear Friends,
Regarding this article from the Manchester Evening News:
I know Gilad Atzmon personally and am familiar with the opinions that he spreads, which I find loathsome.
He is not so much anti-Zionist as anti-Jewish. Not so much a holocaust denier as holocaust justifier.*
At the same time I must protest strongly against  banning his appearances, muzzling him, and especially preventing his concerts.
Views, however unacceptable, should be defeated by argument, not by bureaucratic bans.
Moshé Machover

 

6 responses to “STATEMENT ON THE BANNING OF A CONCERT BY GILAD ATZMON

  1. “At the same time I must protest strongly against banning his appearances, muzzling him, and especially preventing his concerts”

    So hang on – are you now opposed to boycotts of Israeli artists?

    Or are you in favour of boycotting Israeli artists only if they are not Holocaust deniers?

  2. You’re so right and you’re such a hypocrite! “Views, however unacceptable, should be defeated by argument, not by bureaucratic bans” works both ways you know!!

    • It’s not really credible to suggest that the Palestinian boycott is directed at Israeli “views”. 2,400 dead Gazans is hardly just an opinion.

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