BBC World Service promotes Gilad Atzmon – again

h/t Adam Holland

The BBC World Service has an arts programme called The Strand which, according to the blurb:

“ a daily 18 minute programme highlighting the best of what’s going in the arts.

Wide-ranging and with eclectic interests, The Strand reflects the artistic response to the BBC’s news agenda.

Presented by Harriett Gilbert and friends, it features discussions, reviews, big-name interviews and location reports as well as live studio performances and Hollywood, Bollywood gossip.”

Since the beginning of the year, The Strand has been running an occasional music series called ‘Hear my country in which listeners were asked to write in with a nomination for the song which they feel best represents their homeland. The series also includes music selected by people who were invited by the BBC to contribute their choices of music best representing their particular country. Here, for instance, one can hear three songs selected by a presenter from Radio 3 in Madrid. 

One might perhaps have assumed that an essential qualification for being asked by the BBC to select music representing one’s country would be to live in it. Obviously not, because the person the BBC asked to choose music representing Israel is an old BBC World Service favourite who has not lived there since 1994.  

Hear my country Atzmon

Atzmon being Atzmon, he uses the platform provided by the BBC to spout his usual propaganda and throws in a bit of Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions promotion to boot.

“My first choice is a song that was sung by the Nahal choir – an Israeli military band basically – and it is called הוא לא ידע את שמה – ‘He didn’t know her name’.

And this music was very important for me because – as I understand it now – as youngsters in Israel, my generation and earlier generations, we were heavily indoctrinated with a lot of patriotic music that was there to prepare us for the ultimate sacrifice on the Jewish altar.” 

Those wishing to hear the rest can do so here

Gilad Atzmon is not just a “writer and jazz saxophonist” as the BBC claims. Despite his place of birth, he is also well known as a Holocaust denier and an unabashed antisemite, as was previously documented here and here when he was also promoted by the BBC World Service last October. 

Would the producers of ‘The Strand’ invite a neo-Nazi to choose music to represent Germany for no other reason than that he happened to have been born in Bonn or ask a violin-playing member of the Klu Klux Klan to select American music? Of course not – because BBC producers are able to identify those versions of racism and the BBC does not normally collaborate with racists in the spreading of their hate-filled ideas. But the BBC apparently does not grasp that by refusing to recognise Atzmon’s well-documented antisemitism for what it is and by repeatedly providing him with a platform from which to champion his odious propaganda, it is actually complicit in the spread of racism. 

54 comments on “BBC World Service promotes Gilad Atzmon – again

  1. Well news is that even in the UK which is Not Israeli friendly, a performance of Atzmon was cancelled last week, because the venue was against Atzmon vies……

    That’s great news, that after so long that this dialect games juggler Atzmon is at last recognized as an Antisemite and a holocaust denier.

  2. The issue that real makes me sicj about it, is Atzmon hypocrisy……
    This sick person, everywhere he can, just mentioned, that Israel is not his country, he is an Ex Israeli, he hates Israel , you name it.
    But to push his sick voice to the BBC, suddenly Israel is his country, and those Idiots in the BBC’ like don’t ask them self a question.
    Do we know this person’s view about his country.

    How sick can the UK broadcasting be, or how much do they hate Israel.

  3. It must be absolutely wonderful to be as smug, self assured and persistently wrongheaded as the British. It worked wonderfully in the days of empire, but those days are gone, really gone. The British were magesterially and pompously intimidating as they drew borders for the Middle East that have made tragic headlines for the last 90 years, cost perhaps a trillion dollars, thousands of lives, and may never be resolved. Hail, Britannia

    • and in 1948, five defeated arab armies got their revenge by expelling 850,000 Jews from ten Muslim countries and stealing all their land five times the size of Israel. Give it back, then we can talk.

      • Five defeated Arab armies. REad Morris. Zionists chased out 800,000 Arabs. Only then were Jews pushed to emigrate and this at the behest of Zionists, not the Arabs at all. Zionism is ethnic nationalism and racism: It is vile and contemptible and the opposition to it crosses nationalities, continents, races, and religions and is not “anti-semitism.”

      • On what planet? Where do you come up with this garbage? The Zionists massacred many villages and expelled half the population of Arabs BEFORE a single Arab soldier set foot. The “5 Arab armies” were ill-equipped and were outnumbered by the Russian-equipped Zionists. All told, 600,000 Palestinians were expelled after the cease-fire. But this didn’t end the ethnic-cleansing which continues to this day. Israel is a dirty, racist, apartheid state and Atzmon has the the guts to speak the truth!

      • Dr. Yehouda Shenhav, professor of sociology and anthropology at Tel Aviv University and of Iraqi heritage: “Any reasonable person, Zionist or non-Zionist, must acknowledge that the analogy drawn between Palestinians and Mizrahi [Arab] Jews is unfounded. Palestinian refugees did not want to leave Palestine….Those who left did not do so of their own volition. In contrast, Jews from Arab lands came to this country under the initiative of the State of Israel and Jewish organizations.” (Ha’aretz, 8 October 2004)

        Avi Shlaim, eminent Israeli historian born into an affluent and influential Jewish family in Baghdad: “We are not refugees, nobody expelled us from Iraq, nobody told us that we were unwanted. But we are the victims of the Israeli-Arab conflict.” (Ha’aretz, August 11, 2005)

        Ran Cohen, member of the Knesset: “I am not a refugee….I came at the behest of Zionism, due to the pull that this land exerts, and due to the idea of
        redemption. Nobody is going to define me as a refugee.” (Ha’aretz,

        Yisrael Yeshayahu, speaker of the Knesset: “We are not refugees. [Some of
        us] came to this country before the state was born. We had messianic aspirations.”

        Shlomo Hillel, former minister and speaker of the Knesset: “I don’t regard the departure of Jews from Arab lands as that of refugees. They came here because they wanted to, as Zionists.”

        Also, any legitimate grievances Arab Jewish emigrants may have with Arab governments can be pursued through international law. It must be noted, however, that whereas the expulsion of well over one million Palestinians from Palestine between late 1947 and 1967, was carried out by Jewish forces (e.g., Irgun, Sternists, Haganah) and the IDF, Palestinians played no role whatsoever in the departure of Jews from Arab countries. In short, apples and oranges.

        • My husband and his family did not leave Egypt of their own volition. They were given 48hrs notice before expulsion, and allowed to take only 2 suitcases of clothes. All assets – including such items as jewellery and cameras – were seized by Nasser’s government.

          Please do not tell those who actually know what happened, the version of the story that suits you best.

        • You are welcome to arrange facts in any fashion you choose. I was in Israel at the time of the arrival of many Mizrahim in 1952-53. It was very different from what you believe.Those were very hard times for all of us with respect to food and housing. Andrew Bostum has careful documentation of what life had been like for the Jews from Arab countries. Hitler et al made life increasingly difficult for all Jews everywhere including bloody riots and pogroms in the Arab countries. The big difference between the Palestinian Arab refugees and the Jews from Arab countries is their mental health. One insists on victimhood; the other are able to live fulfilling lives. For the Arabs, it is the spiteful Arab League that is prepared to sacrifice generations of lives of their fellow Arabs to make a political point. Being a refugee is an attitude. At the close of WWII, close to fifteen million displaced Central Europeans were relocated and it was over with. My mother was the victim of a 1905 Ukrainian pogrom when her family fled and luckily chose Palestine cholera, malaria, etc. Never in her life did she ever refer to herself as a refugee, but that’s what she was. And had she used the same logic as the Arabs, I and my eleven children and their children and children’s children would all be entitled to call ourselves Ukrainian refugees too and collect from UNRWA? Make sense? Among themselves, the PalArabs admit that they are Syrians, Egyptians, Saudis, etc. British census for 1922 and 1947 indicate a huge growth in itinerant Arab labor serving the Mandate. I would guess that with the end of the Mandate, many Arab workers were ready to seek work elsewhere.

    • Lasse

      Read some History.
      Since then Arab Country’s wanted to push Israel to the see, Arab country’s pushed for a war in 1967 and were crashed.
      As Egypt got their Sinai back after loosing the war, they had to sign a peace treaty.
      Once the Palestinians are going to accept Israel terms.
      They are going to get their land, not a minute before.
      Tell your Arab friends, not to start a war again, if they want it back.

      • Israel’s “terms” are complete surrender of all of Palestine. The latest term is the recognition not just of the state of Israel but the state of Israel as a Jewish state, even though 20% of population is Arab. “Into the sea” meaning the Zionist, racist state of Israel, a particular government and particular ideology. Atzmon’s insight into Zionism is that it is just a manifestation of the “chosen-ness” so central to Judaism. We hear a lot about anti-semitism but little about how much the Jewish people loath the gentiles and always have. Lastly, dispersion and assimilation were good strategies for those acknowledging themselves as “Jews”. Zionism was the worst possible strategy as we can all see now so clearly. Atzmon has the courage to say what we have all thought — Jews have self-selected themselves as “special”, practiced racism for centuries, and abhor gentiles as barely human.

      • Reality:
        THE 1967 WAR
        At 7:45 AM on 5 June 1967, Israel attacked Egypt and thereby Jordan and Syria who each shared a mutual defense pact with Egypt. The attack took place just hours before Egypt’s VP was to fly to Washington for a prearranged June 7th meeting with the Johnson administration to defuse the crisis between Egypt and Israel based on an agreement worked out in Cairo between Nasser and Johnson’s envoy, Robert Anderson. In a cable sent to Johnson on May 30, Israel’s PM Eshkol promised not to attack Egypt until June 11 in to give diplomacy a chance to succeed. However, on June 4, when it heard about the June 7th meeting and the distinct possibility that it would rule out war, Israel’s cabinet order its armed forces to attack Egypt the next day. In short, the war was another massive land grab by Israel.

        Prime Minister Menachem Begin, Minister without portfolio in Eshkol’s cabinet, while addressing Israel’s National Defence College on 8 August 1982: “In June, 1967, we again had a choice. The Egyptian army concentrations in the Sinai did not prove that Nasser was really about to attack us. We must be honest with ourselves. We decided to attack him.” (New York Times, 21 August 1982)

        Meir Amit, chief of Israel’s Mossad: “Egypt was not ready for a war and Nasser did not want a war.”

    • “Iseael [sic] has borders given 1947 from res. 181. Go back to these borders, please.”

      Better idea. Go back and read history, including the League of Nations Mandate system, and the UN Charter. Pay special attention to the section on UN general assembly resolutions.

      • Enlighten us as to what they supposedly say knowing full well as you must no one has a right to take land from one (the inhabitants) and give to another. that is in the UN charter

  4. Good to see that Atzmon’s gig in the N/E was cancelled by popular vote of the volunteers. Some people actually check up on his history.

    • Nothing bad in his history except giving up the racist ideology of Zionism and the Judaism that supports it.

    • Sad to hear that there are people who defend the racist, apartheid state of Israel knowingly subjecting the Palestinians to injustices on a daily basis and that they are willing to gag anyone speaking against such oppression.

      • “they are willing to gag anyone speaking against such oppression.”

        You mean the way you’re being gagged?
        Too bad so many people fall for this “Palestinian” racket.

    • I agree in general what you’re saying however I wouldn’t classify all Jews in believing themselves as “special” or “chosen”. Judaism is a religion and as harmless or harmful (depending on your point of view) as any other religion. It’s the Zionist ideology which can span Christian and Moslem faiths that has created the racist state of Israel and the irrational support thereof.

      • “I agree in general what you’re saying however I wouldn’t classify all Jews in believing themselves as ‘special’ or ‘chosen’. ”
        Spoken like a true, ignorant anti-Semite.

  5. If I selected and totally misarranged the facts, I would say you’re right. You’re simply outrageously wrong. “Chosen” indicates that the Jews are chosen to be punished for all mankind to observe and learn from their evil ways.

  6. Law is law. The international community gave Israel 56% of Palestine in 1947, right or wrong, it is theirs!!! Those are the borders they have the right to defend, anything else is state-terrorism. Go back to your 1947 borders, please! The international community will be happy to send you UN-troops to keep you safe if you are feel unsafe!
    Start obeying international law, NOW, please! Do you want to obey international law or do you want to continue blame decent people for antisemitism because they demand that you follow international law? You migt fool some idiots, but we aren’t all asleep!

    • Ummm…no there is nothing “legal” about the partition plan. It was a recommendation whose legality hinged on agreement by both parties. The Arabs justifiably rejected it. Israel has been defying many other international laws so it’s nothing new for this rogue state. The only solution is the dissolution of the theocratic Israeli regime and the creation of a true democracy where Palestinians and Jews can live in a single state.

      • You are in need of explications by experts on ancient practices of several thousands of years ago. Indeed you could get ten experts who have spent a lifetime engaged in this study and you might come up with a multitude of explications. This is not a matter for amateurs. Someone here has spoken of Israel as a theocracy, not true. Another claims it’s racist. It’s true that the ultra orthodox have been thrown a political bone, but at least half of Isael scorns them, but as long as your mother is a Jewess, your father can be anything. There are folks here from at least 85 countries and all shades of color. 140,000 Ethiopian Jews came thirty years ago. Name one Arab country that would allow a Jew to become a citizen. Like the Mennonites and Amish, the Jews probably wisely insist on being a people apart otherwise it is too easy to become assimilated. In 1933 Nazi Germany, 44% of Jews were marrying nonJews. Today in US 75% are. Most end up assimilated. That’s why the orthodox may seem strange to most of us, but that’s the way they keep their preferred uniqueness.

        • Regarding Israel’s Ethiopian Jews, etc:

          “Israel admits Ethiopian women were given birth control shots” Ha,aretz, January 27/13.

          Excerpts: “A government official has for the first time acknowledged the practice of injecting women of Ethiopian origin with the long-acting contraceptive Depo-Provera.“

          “The women’s testimony could help explain the almost 50-percent decline over the past 10 years in the birth rate of Israel’s Ethiopian community.”

          “Even in death, Ethiopian Jews face racism from other Jews”
          Middle East Monitor, December 28, 2010.

          Excerpt: “An Israeli newspaper has claimed that the racism prevalent between Israeli Jews extends to Ethiopian Jews even after their death. According to Ma’ariv, graves in a Jewish cemetery are separated according to the colour of the corpses; a fence has been built between the graves of Ethiopian Jews and the others in the graveyard.”

          Times of Israel February 21, 2013

          “Former Foreign Ministry director-general invokes South Africa comparisons.
          ‘Joint Israel-West Bank’ reality is an apartheid state”
          “Similarities between the ‘original apartheid’ as it was practiced in South Africa and the situation in Israel and the West Bank today ‘scream to the heavens,’ added Liel, who was Israel’s ambassador in Pretoria from 1992 to 1994. There can be little doubt that the suffering of Palestinians is not less intense than that of blacks during apartheid-era South Africa, he asserted.”

          • Well David, at least you provided the links to your misinformation. There was no plot to deprive Ethiopian women of their fertility. It’s been thoroughly debunked. By the the “long term” is three months.
            It may be time for you to find a job.

  7. Dear Emanuel Lombard do you want to dabate talmudism with me? Do you know anything about despicable Jewish supremacism as stated in the Talmud and in the rabbinic commentaries as Shukhan Aruch?
    You will find the Babylonian Talmud here:
    Verify the perversions of your culture in this youtube video:

    Read proffessor Shahak’s compilation of the laws against the non-jews in chapter 5 of his book where you can find on-line as a whole. Here is chapter 5:
    Or listen to a reading by the brilliant poet “Snordelhans”

    Expose these dispicable texts, and say no to this dirty triabal culture the same way that Mr.Atzmon has done!!!

    Oh so I am an anti-semite now? Because I despize a religious treaties that forbids the saving of a gentile from death?

    • “the Jews are chosen to be punished for all mankind to observe and learn from their evil ways.”

      “despicable Jewish supremacism”

      “say no to this dirty triabal [sic] culture…”

      Does that sound better in Swedish?

      <i"Oh so I am an anti-semite now?"

      If you’re not a Jew hater I don’t know what is!

      • Yes of course I am an “antisemite”! I oppose Sanhedrin 54 b and 55b that allows the fucking of boys below the age of 9 and the fuckiing of babygirls over the age of three years and a day. If that is antisemitism, SIGN ME ON!

        • There’s graffiti on a the shutters of a shop near my home in Spain. It reads “¿Antisemita? ¡¡¡Claro que sí!!!”.

          I’m sure you don’t need a translation – you could have written it.

          By the way, it was accompanied by a Swastika.

  8. Blood Libel!!! Those evil christians blame us for human sacrifices, thats why the Jews have been thrown out of 109 places since 250 A.D. !!!

    Forgive me!!! But explain Leviticus 27:28-29 where God forbids the retraction of a human sacrifice from him. The whole chapter deals with what one should do in return if one needs to take a sacrifice back, for instance you have promised a lamb, but later before the sacrifice finds out that you can’t afford it.

    Isn’t it very likely that there will be fringe elements in a religion that that teaches that the non-jew don’t have human status, whom also are forbidden to be saved from death, and that human sacrifices to God cannot be retracted, but must be killed?

  9. Atzmon and seemingly his supporters here who spout hatred devoid of all facts and reason. I wonder what the reason was in the 1920’s when there was a massacre of Jews in Hebron before there ever was a State of Israel. Maybe someone can explain to me how the Mufti of Jerusalem (a great friend of Hitler) organized his own genocidal actions against Jews. There was a whole SS Muslim division again before the State was formed. Jews were treated as dhimmis and lived as inferior to Muslims in all the Arab countries that they had lived in for centuries. Before 1967 there were no “occupied” territories and there was never peace so please don’t try that excuse either. While not all Jew Haters are against Israel/Zionism I have never met an anti Zionist/anti Israeli who wasn’t a Jew Hater.

    • Regarding events in Palestine in 1929: In 1925, Vladimir Jabotinsky, a Zionist zealot from Poland, founded the fascistic Betar or Brown Shirts along with the Revisionist Party (origin of today’s Likud) which advocated “revision” of the mandate to include forcible Jewish colonization of then Transjordan in addition to Palestine. Such Jewish extremism, along with the racist rants of Rabbi Kook and threats against the Dome of the Rock by Revisionist demonstrators led to the terrible and bloody riots of 1929, resulting in the deaths of 133 Jews in Hebron and elsewhere. Seldom noted, however, is the fact that many of Hebron’s Jews were saved from the rioters by their Muslim neighbours and Arab police. One also has to dig to discover that at least 116 Palestinians were also killed.

      In 1930, a report issued by a British commission of enquiry attributed the 1929 clashes to the fact the Palestinians “have come to see in Jewish immigration not only a menace to their livelihood but a possible overlord of the future.” (Another 1930 British report, trying to find a way to reduce tension between Zionist alien Jews and native Palestinians, revealed that there was no additional land available for agricultural settlement by new Jewish immigrants.)

      Re collusion with Nazis:

      After WWII, an interesting memorandum dated January 11, 1941, was discovered in Ankara, Turkey. Prepared by the German Naval Attaché in Turkey, it revealed that Naftali Lubentschik, a Jewish Zionist living in Palestine and member of the Stern Gang, had met with Nazis Otto Von Hentig and Rudolph Rosen in Vichy controlled Beirut and proposed that in exchange for military aid and freedom to recruit European Jews for Palestine, the Sternists were prepared “…to take an active part in the war on Germany’s side…and [this cooperation] would also be in line with one [of Hitler’s recent speeches which] stressed that any alliance would be entered into in order to isolate England and defeat it.” The proposition presented to the Nazis pointed out that “the establishment of the historical Jewish state on a national and totalitarian basis and bound by a treaty with the German Reich would be in the interest of maintaining and strengthening the future German position of power in the Near East.” Fortunately, the Nazis considered the Sternist proposal to be sheer lunacy and rejected it out of hand.

      • Sorry to tell you this Lassey the dog Svensken, but it wasn’t your hero Atzmon the Jew hater who came up with E=MC2, but rather Albert Einstein, a jewish lover of the jews. Your obsession with Jews is full of hate and bigotry and outright lying.

        • And Now comes Jew hater Tony Greenstein, who competes with Atzmon for the title “the biggest Jew Hater & the most favorite S****k of world Antisemites” and try’s to earn points in his Gutter blog……….
          Look at Atzmon he writes, he does not Hate the Jews as I do, he says nice things about the Jews.
          But Me, I Tony Greenstein, with my Perfect English I am the biggest Jew Hater,

          They both deserve to be closed in the same institution and get the same treatment.

  10. One thing is for sure.
    Atzmon attracts Jews Haters and racist like fly’s to sh**t.
    I am missing here the new fan of Atzmon the grand Wizard of the KKK David duke, who is fascinated by Atzmon racism.

    That’s what Atzmon deserves, to be the highlight of all Antisemites.

    And the BBC, well if they had some respect once, its all gone……..
    I bet they will ask for Hitler to choose song from his mother land Austria.

    • Shut up You fucking creep of a nazi! No wonder your country os regarded as one Of the most antisemitic countries of Europe, no wonder Swedens jews are leaving!


    • “Yes, we gentiles can’t stand being seen as animals. ”

      Well svenska, if you act like animal, you shouldn’t be surprised to be regarded like one.

  11. Janet Clifford; many friends of Israel like you use the tired old canard of “holocaust denier” in an effort to suppress certain views so only their version of history is perpetuated.
    It’s why we have so many English speakers here that weren’t taught in school about England’s exploitation of China via the pushing of opium and subsequent “Opium Wars”, and the fact that HRH Queen Liz is still spending the money from when her Nanna was a smack dealer; but they’ve had the so called “The Holocaust” heavily rammed into them… because that’s what best serves the agenda of those that make the rules.

    You Janet Clifford; write of the Mufti in a meeting of Hitler; as friends of Israel are want to do… but not a word of the Haavara Agreement many years earlier in which Hitler and his ZioNazi friends help to establish a homeland for Jews on the land of other people
    This collaboration was even cast in bronze as a medal for posterity.

    Further, there are many books and documents to show that Hitler did in fact have Jewish Soldiers.

    But if people only read your version of history, they’ll be left to assume that the Mufti brought the Nazis to Palestine

    And those among your ranks like to scream “Holocaust Denier”, ensuring that only one version remains and that contrary information is suppressed, even by force of law, as we’ve witnessed in many countries.
    Such is the savagery of the ‘friends of Israel’; that they would jail a man, ruin him and his family for daring to even publicly whisper that which contradicts the official legend.
    Open discussion of this issue is subjected to the widest overt suppression of thought the globe has ever seen.

    How can people that want historical understanding, or truth in any matter in fact, expect to find it when contrary evidence is suppressed..
    Soon you’ll tell us that only NAZIs burned books.

  12. Rest assured the BBC and the whole Government and the Monarchy are ‘friends of Israel’. Along with the next possible PM the ties will be closer than ever.
    With new laws for Royal Assent and a Monarch’s right to marry a non-Anglican we not only can but it seems we will have a Monarch whose maternal line goes back as a “Goldsmith”, being Kate Midleton’s mother’s maiden name.

  13. The Talmudic injunctions go back to a time when many of these aberrant behaviors were probably very common. I would guess that over the millenia, three quarters of all Jews have fallen away. Among them are infamous anti-Semites. Having a great uncle, Mendel Beilis, charged with an infamous blood libel suit in 1913 and my mother and family who fled in the midst of a Cossack pogrom, I have been a passionate Zionist from the age of ten. We are a remnant of a people and shall persist against all manner of wrong headed machinations and jealous, obsessive cranks. With very little effort, one can find a Jewish quote to support almost any charge one would like to make. This BBC site has proved a magnet for negatives interpeted with unusual hostility.

  14. As .02 per cent of the world’s population, we Jews seem to get an awful lot of criticism. Doesn’t it seem odd? I’ve had enough bilge here to last a lifetime. I’ve worked with the emotionally disturbed all my long life and seldom run into such a density of enraged malcontents.

  15. PS. – I don’t know whether to laugh or cry at these Talmudic forgeries.
    Try reading the real Mishna & Gemara = Talmud, rather than the falsified Internet versions created by Jew-haters to justify their antisemitism.

  16. And Now comes Jew hater Tony Greenstein, who competes with Atzmon for the title “the biggest Jew Hater & the most favorite S****k of world Antisemites” and try’s to earn points in his Gutter blog……….
    Look at Atzmon he writes, he does not Hate the Jews as I do, he says nice things about the Jews.
    But Me, I Tony Greenstein, with my Perfect English I am the biggest Jew Hater,

    They both deserve to be closed in the same institution and get the same treatment.

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