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Gilad Atzmon And The Signatories.

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Rebecca Lesses has a good post on the recent activities of the racist, Gilad Atzmon. I liked this part:

“Signatories of this statement follow below. I think that they should be held responsible for working with Atzmon, who is a notorious antisemite who has been rejected even by other British anti-Zionists like Tony Greenstein and Sue Blackwell.

Nic Abramson, Middle East Crisis Response
Elliott Adams, Past President, Veterans For Peace
Ujju Aggarwal
Laurie Arbeiter, Activist Response Team
Anna Baltzer, Human Rights Activist and Author
Russell Banks, Writer
Kahlil Bendib, Political Cartoonist
Medea Benjamin, Co-founder CODEPINK
Phyllis Bennis, Institute for Policy Studies
Elaine Brower
Naomi Brussel, Activist Response Team
Allan Buchman, Founder and Artistic Director, The Culture Project
Leslie Cagan, Co-Founder United for Peace and Justice
Henry Chalfant, Film Maker
Kathleen Chalfant, New York
Cindy Corrie
Craig Corrie
Ellen Davidson, Israeli Committee Against House Demolitions-USA
Angela Y. Davis, University of California, Santa Cruz
Noor Elashi, Writer
Basem Emara, Gaza Freedom March
Kathy Engel, Poet
Hedy Epstein, Palestine Solidarity Committee, St. Louis, Missouri
Mike Ferner, National President, Veterans For Peace
Lisa Fithian, Alliance for Community Trainers
Felice Gelman, Gaza Freedom March
Jenny Heinz, Activist Response Team/Granny Peace Brigade
Jane Hirschmann, Jews Say No!
Jennifer Hobbs, New York City Attorney/Gaza Freedom March
Nubar Hovsepian, Associate Professor of Political Science and International Studies, Chapman University
Mary Hughes – Thompson, Free Gaza Movement
Abdeen Jabara, Past President, American Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee, Civil Rights Attorney
Tarak Kauff, Veterans for Peace
Kathy Kelly, Co-Coordinator, Voices for Creative Nonviolence
Eleanore Kennedy
Michael Kennedy
Mona Khalidi
Rashid Khalidi, Columbia University
Naomi Klein, Writer
Ramzi Kysia, Free Gaza Movement
Iara Lee, Cultures of Resistance/Freedom Flotilla Survivor
Richard A. Levy, Labor Lawyer
Karen Malpede, Playwright
Helaine Meisler, Hudson Valley BDS
Gail Miller, Women of a Certain Age
Fatima Mohammadi, Attorney at Law/Freedom Flotilla Survivor
Donna Nevel, Jews Say No!
Michael Ratner, President, Center for Constitutional Rights
Mariam Said, New York
Najla Said, Actor/Writer
Hannah Schwarzschild, American Jews for a Just Peace
Bert Shaw
Moira Shaw
Kathy Sheetz, Free Gaza – USA/Freedom Flotilla Survivor
Ann Shirazi, Granny Peace Brigade/Women of a Certain Age
Starhawk, Alliance of Community Trainers
Eleanor Stein, Albany Law School
Michael Steven Smith, New York City Attorney/Author
Vivian Stromberg, MADRE, Executive Director
Yifat Susskind, MADRE Policy/Communications Director
Chandra Talpade Mohanty, Professor of Women’s and Gender Studies, Syracuse University
Alice Walker, Author
Naomi Wallace
Darlene Wallach, Free Gaza Movement, Justice for Palestinians
Donna Wallach, Free Gaza Movement, Justice for Palestinians
Sarah Wellington, Activist Response Team
Diane Wilson, Writer/Activist
Ret. Col. Ann Wright, Freedom Flotilla Survivor
Rebecca Vilkomerson, Jewish Voice for Peace
Dorothy M. Zellner, Veteran Civil Rights Activist
David Zirin, Sports Correspondent, The Nation Magazine”

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  1. Would it be fair, though, to say that you (and I, and your readers generally) would naturally tend to google things they were getting involved in to check them out – whereas some people will just take what they are told at face value and not have heard of Atzmon or know quite what he stands for?

    Sarah AB

    09/05/2011 at 08:19

  2. I think it’s more complicated than that, Sarah. I don’t know who from US Boat for Gaza decided to have Atzmon do a benefit for them. It seems unlikely that all the people named above were involved.

    But if any of those people named above (who from the US Boat for Gaza website seem to be the main organizing committee) knew about or approved of the benefit concert with Atzmon, it’s hard for me to imagine that they wouldn’t have vetted Atzmon in some sense. He doesn’t make it difficult to learn about his views – just go to his website, and you can read his various screeds about the evils of the Jews.

    And many of the people named above have been leftist political activists in the US for decades – for example, Angela Davis, Lesley Cagan, Naomi Klein (Canadian), Starhawk, etc. They aren’t naive newcomers. They should know who they’re working with and who their names might be associated with.


    09/05/2011 at 11:33

  3. I don’t disagree with any of that Rebecca – I’d tend to assume anyone involved in that kind of project was naive/annoying/wrong – but would be prepared to accept that they meant well at some level – though not if they know about Atzmon and still want to consort with him.

    Sarah AB

    09/05/2011 at 12:36

  4. “whereas some people will just take what they are told at face value and not have heard of Atzmon or know quite what he stands for?”


    It is true that I do use the Web, but often resort to the old web of asking people’s opinions on issues, and I’m sure that those involved with this event could have done the same.

    Ignorance is no excuse.

    They are very conscious actors, they know what they want to achieve and so should take the blame for aiding Atzmon and his racism.


    09/05/2011 at 14:02

  5. Sarah – it depends on what you mean by “mean well.” Rebecca Vilkomerson, for example – I’ve read some of what she’s written, and I do think she “means well,” and I imagine if she knew that Atzmon was doing a benefit for the US Boat to Gaza she would be upset. Others on the list – Alice Walker for example – I don’t think she “means well.” I’ve written about her on my blog – she’s really gone off the deep end in her hatred of Israel.


    09/05/2011 at 14:05

  6. Sure Modernity – I am thinking of people such as the (?)woman who tweeted about how upset she was by antisemitism from some of those involved in Viva Palestina.

    I looked Alice Walker up on your blog Rebecca – she does sound pretty awful – not quite Atzmon’s league perhaps, but that’s not saying much.

    Sarah AB

    09/05/2011 at 17:21

  7. I just got another email update from the US Boat to Gaza folks – advertising Gilad Atzmon’s benefit concert tonight in Oakland. As far as I’m concerned, this means it’s no mistake that he’s doing this benefit – he’s working with them, and they don’t care about his reputation as an antisemite. See my blog today:


    10/05/2011 at 13:37

  8. Thanks, Rebecca, I will post 🙂


    10/05/2011 at 14:11

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