BBC World Service hosts antisemite Gilad Atzmon

Gilad Atzmon is a Jazz musician, an ex-pat Israeli and, in his own words, an “ex-Jew”. He is also an anti-Semite who promotes conspiracy theories and supports Holocaust deniers.

Don’t take my word for it, though. 

Here is Tony Greenstein – not exactly a “Lover of Zion” – congratulating the Palestine Solidarity Campaign (also not known for their Zionism) for dissociating itself from Gilad Atzmon in 2011 after , as Greenstein puts it, “Atzmon himself [h]as openly embraced the politics of holocaust denial question the existence of Auschwitz as a death camp”.

Here is a recent article from 972 Magazine referring to Atzmon’s book ‘The Wandering Jew’:

“Atzmon is a Holocaust denier; he has previously asked “if the Nazis ran a death factory in Auschwitz-Birkenau, why would the Jewish prisoners join them at the end of the war?” In this book […..]  Atzmon writes on page 179 “we, for instance, can envisage a horrific situation in which an Israeli so-called ‘pre-emptive’ nuclear attack on Iran that escalates into a disastrous nuclear war, in which tens of millions of people perish. I guess that amongst the survivors of such a nightmare scenario, some may be bold enough to argue that ‘Hitler might have been right after all.’ On page 27 he argues “Throughout the centuries, some Jewish bankers have gathered the reputation of backers and financers of wars and even one communist revolution.””

Here is Nick Lowles of the anti-racist, anti-fascist campaign ‘HOPE not hate’ writing about Atzmon and here is the Community Security Trust discussing his visit to Exeter University in November 2011. Andy Newman, a British Trade Unionist and contributor to ‘Socialist Unity’, wrote about the Left’s need to distance itself from Gilad Atzmon in the Guardian in September 2011.

Alternatively, one could take a look at some of the words of Atzmon himself (all sources in the link):

“To regard Hitler as the ultimate evil is nothing but surrendering to the Zio-centric discourse. To regard Hitler as the wickedest man and the Third Reich as the embodiment of evilness is to let Israel off the hook. To compare Olmert to Hitler is to provide Israel and Olmert with a metaphorical moral shield. It maintains Hitler at the lead and allows Olmert to stay in the tail. We should never compare Israel to Nazi Germany. As far as evilness is concerned, we should now let Israel take the lead.”

“The question of whether there was a mass homicide with gas or ‘just’ a mass death toll due to total abuse in horrendous conditions is no doubt a crucial historical question. The fact that such a major historical chapter less than seven decades ago is scholarly [sic] inaccessible undermines the entire historical endeavour. …Furthermore, unless one approves and repeats the official Holocaust narrative, one may find oneself locked behind bars. This happened lately to three rightwing history revisionists who dared to suspect the official Auschwitz narrative. ….I can see these three outlaws :[David] Irving, [Ernest] Zundel and [Germar] Rudolf, the three rightwing historical revisionists who happen to be locked behind bars. …While left academics are mainly concerned with signalling out Holocaust deniers telling us what is right and who is wrong, it is the revisionists who engage themselves in detailed archive work as well as forensic scrutiny…. If history shapes the future, we need to liberate our perspective of the past, rather than arresting revisionists, we simply need many more of them.”

“We must begin to take the accusation that the Jewish people are trying to control the world very seriously…. American Jewry makes any debate on whether the ‘Protocols of the elder of Zion’ are an authentic document or rather a forgery irrelevant. American Jews do try to control the world, by proxy. So far they are doing pretty well for themselves at least.”

“The Protocols is widely considered a forgery. It is a manual for a prospective new member of the “Elders”, describing how they will run the world through control of the media and finance, replacing the traditional social order with one based on mass manipulation. Though the book is considered a hoax by most experts and regarded as a vile anti-Semitic text, it is impossible to ignore its prophetic qualities and its capacity to describe both the century unfolding and the political reality in which we live.”

Most reasonable people would probably avoid putting up a photograph of themselves together with such an obviously racist Holocaust denier on their organisation’s Facebook wall. They would also not gratify his repulsive views with a sympathetic radio interview.

 Not so the BBC World Service’s Julian Worricker, who was ‘intrigued’ by his interviewee Atzmon on October 14th 2012. 

The BBC World Service would not dream of promoting David Duke or a member of Combat 18, even if they also happened to be rather good at tap dancing.  So the question is; why can the BBC either not identify Gilad Atzmon for what he really is or justify giving him air-time if it does? 

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16 comments on “BBC World Service hosts antisemite Gilad Atzmon

  1. Jewish history is full of race traitors. The fact that anti-semites consider hin too extream says, I believe, everything.

  2. Wow!!!
    You are certainly flushing out a great deal of stinky stuff lurking in the nooks and crannies of the labyrinthine BBC!
    Even the Palestine Solidarity Campaign, if I understand the matter correctly, draws the line at linking to anything by Atzmon (though this does not prevent some rogue branches from doing so).
    That the BBC World Service is indulging this guy is deeply shameful.

  3. Yes, I thought I remembered something – it’s not only Tony Greenstein who realises that Atzmon is beyond the Pale but Deborah Maccoby, another not known for Love of Zion, does too.
    This is (I’m quoting from the Jewish Chronicle site) what Ms Maccoby wrote when she became aware that one of the PSC branches was linking to material by him that appeared in the notorious Redress magazine:

    “Dear Reading PSC organisers,

    I am surprised and very troubled to see that you are linking to an article by Gilad Atzmon on the Redress website:

    http://readingpsc.org.uk/g2k/aber/

    The link is on the right hand side (scroll down): “British Jews support Israeli war crimes”. In typical Atzmon fashion, Jews and Israel are seen as identical. Atzmon has been exposed over and over again as an antisemite, and Redress, which publishes his articles, is known as a dodgy website.

    I know it is often difficult to spot antisemitism, because the Jewish establishment cries wolf so often, but he really is a wolf. Look at this from the Socialist Worker in the USA:

    http://socialistworker.org/2010/07/15/gilad-atzmons-anti-semitic-beliefs
    Gilad Atzmon’s anti-Semitic beliefs

    Since PSC has said it is opposed to antisemitism, I really do think you need to rethink your policy on this. Antisemitism does not help the Palestinian cause. This link has been picked up on a JC blog and is being used to tarnish the whole Palestinian Solidarity Campaign”

    I hope Worricker is duly worried by all this!

  4. “I know it is often difficult to spot antisemitism, because the Jewish establishment cries wolf so often, but he really is a wolf.”

    What condescending baloney. Jews haven’t cried wolf enough. Just reading the knee jerk communal opinions of the British entertainment elite is sufficient to support any intelligent person’s shock at just how anti Jewish and anti Israel the fashionable ones are in Great Britain.

  5. “The BBC World Service would not dream of promoting David Duke” I’m not so sure that’s true.

  6. Gilad Atzmon is a talented musician as well as an extreme hater of Israel and Jews, despite having once been an Israeli Jew. He is entitled to his opinions, poisonous and repugnant as they are, but the BBC has no business pandering to him on World Service. Shameful, but par for the course for the BBC and its partner in crime, The Guardian.

    As for the PSC, their leadership may claim not to be in the Jew hating business. It should go without saying, however, that most of their members would be happy to see every Jew in Israel – and probably in the rest of the world – dead. They only try to disown Atzmon because he is a loose cannon who brings them unwanted attention and bad press, not because they disagree with him.

    The BBC doesn’t bother to even disagree with him, they are charmed and “intrigued” by him. Disgusting and shameful.

  7. Another sickening display of media shallowness and that certain type of liberal detachment which thinks itself sophisticated. The problem is not that this story was done – Atzmon does everything in his power to ensure that he’s a ‘story’ – but the way it was done: from the outset, with the parallel drawn between Atzmon and jazz music’s association with black civil rights, this uncritical pseudo-examination of the mingling of politics and music was a simpleton’s entree to the subject. The interviewer mentions he’s read critics and supporters of Atzmon’s latest book but leaves the musician to state, unchallenged, that no-one’s ever said he’s factually wrong: the inference is that those critics are ‘irritated’ by Atzmon’s ‘controversial’ views and can only attempt to ‘silence’ him by polemical screaming. Such crap.

  8. I posted a comment on the BBC World Service FaceBook page as follows.

    Even the Palestine Solidarity Campaign – no friends of Israel – have disassociated themselves from Gilad Atzmon because his racist views and Holocaust denial taint their campaign by association. The BBC would not give a platform to David Duke of the KKK or Nick Griffin of the BNP. Why has it given a platform to this man? He said during the interview that no one till now says he got his facts wrong. This is untrue. Holocaust denial is just one example of him getting his ‘facts wrong’.

    I wonder if it will generate a response.

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  12. Why are you up in arms against Gilad Atzmon? Did any of you try to expose things that are not true about what he writes? If you wish to label him an Anti Semite, because he does not yield to the jewish narrative, then most of you, if not all of you are as Anti Semites as you could be. As you all don’t yield to the Palestinians narrative as they are all Semites who were born and lived on the land. Most of you, if not all of you are Anti Palestinians , Anti Arabs and muslims ,even half of you never met one and talked to him or her. So, please keep your Hypocrisy back in your dark souls where it belongs. Keep eating and drinking your hate toward all others who do not subscribe to what you are trying to force down every body’s throat, about your Jewishness,or any other religion you might be. Your support of Israel established on a land that have and had inhabitants living on it for generations and generations of people, who chose not to be Jewish, and wished to believe in different faith. It is as blind and antiquated as the fable its based on of the so claimed God of the Jews, who was appointed by the Jews themselves, to play the role of a Real Estate agent, with no credentials (just for Jews only), and assign titles with no official stamps to deeds that don’t exist. If you have this kind of mentality based on a story, made three thousands years ago as you claim(and some of the naive Goys bought into it), then all of you don’t belong in the 21st. Century and this humanity, that recognizes logic and common sense as treats to go by. Go back to your antiquated old fables, and live them some where else, without persecuting other people to relive or prevent your own persecution, that you might be as guilty as those who chose to persecute you, for one reason or another. I don’t think there is one person out there who can support the total innocence of 100% of the Jews. Just read the Talmud. Their hands could not be that clean, could not have been washed from all the blood and lives that have been spilled and wasted through history. And even as fresh as yesterday, of the innocent children women and men of Palestine for 64 years. Those people have a thousand times more right than any of you who came from far away lands claiming a right that you yourselves know its fabricated as you and a hundred generations back has never stepped a foot on that land. Yes, there were some Jews whom did not convert, and they stayed there with the others. Don’t criticize Atzmon, look in the mirror first. If you want to tell the truth, then tell all the truth, and stop playing the ultimate victim. Don’t any of you dare to call me a Jewish hater, I just hate(may not hat but don’t tolerate) hypocrisy and those who practice it. Be what ever religion you want to be, just don’t think others are lesser than you, because they choose to believe in something else. I might have been a Jew in a time, but for sure I will never want to be a Jew again At least not a hypercritical one ! Those who are proud Jews, and I know you exist,( I am a Palestinian American– I don’t want you to go guessing–who have been affected and inflicted by all the Zionist/Jewish actions that have been taken against my family, friends and people, in more ways than you care to hear, because most of those who committed the crimes already know them) if you are not a hypocrite, and don’t support Israel blindly, right or wrong, then don’t take an offense, because I am not talking to you nor about you. But I do encourage you to speak out( lots already do, and I appreciate their consciousness coming alive ) for all of us, Jews, Israelis, Palestinians, or just plain humans. We are going down an ugly path of continues blood and suffering.

  13. And we need to stop it, stop it not by killing each other and think we can fool and out smart some. Those tricks are too old already, and we should find a place without threats and plots. Why the Greed? Look at all filthy rich people, they are more greedy than greed it self. How many more meals can one eat a day? How many more cars can you drive? How many more beds can you sleep on in one night? How many more houses you can live in at one time? Yet, you are not that happy, and you try to sleep, as you are worried about all those other thieves like you, that you know of , whom are plotting to steal your money like you know you did. I think simple people are way more generous and happier, and they would give you half of the loaf of bread that they have, while rich people building fences around themselves as they are in a large jail in fear of losing what they have stolen. Our world has changed to the worest, and we are the ones who changed it. So, together let us change it again for the better this time. Honesty is a great therapy, try it some times ! If you think you are smarter than others, that should not mean that you have a license to fool them and decieve them out of their what ever they maneged to have. No, you need to help them and guide them as they are the less fortunate than you. and again to our israeli and Jewish friends, Tekun Olam, means ” Tekun” (Fix /Improve) and not collect all the money and land by all means you can ! Then Aipac, buy the Senators and Congress. Please Rabbis ,EXPLAIN !

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