Gilad Atzmon

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Jerusalem: an Occupation Set in Stone?

Jewish State for you...

This is a tribute to the thousands of Palestinians living in East Jerusalem without access to life's most basic amenities. Filmmaker Marty Rosenbluth details the devastating effects of Israel's urban planning policies that, according to many, aim to uproot the Palestinian presence in the Holy City. It was made in 1995.

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ZioLeaks-The Diaries of Yosef Nachmani

The Diaries of Yosef Nachmani follows the story of  the Jewish National Fund's main agent in the Tiberias region, as he played a key role in promoting and executing the policy of evicting Palestinians from their homes and land during the Nakba in 1948, demonstrating many of the methods that were used in this process

by Vera Macht in Gaza: The West and the revolution

We in the West, we like to have the feeling that we have the Arab world under control. The states there are strategically important, full of oil, and the people strange, in what is for us a disturbing way. But they are hopefully largely under control by dictatorial regimes and the political or sometimes military interventions of the West. The Western discourse revolves around the question of whether Islam is at all compatible with democracy, and thus whether Arab Muslim immigrants can be integrated into European societies.
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Gilad Atzmon: Cairo & Jerusalem

"It was the moral force of non-violence” stated President Obama in his first comment on the revolution in Egypt. Yet it is far from being clear who was the Egyptian Mandela, Gandhi, or Martin Luther King? I guess that in Cairo it was the people themselves who peacefully transformed their own reality. 

Jerusalem, Zionists, and some elements within the Left have demonised Arabs, Muslims and Islam for decades. Yet the people of Egypt just proved how restrained and peace-seeking Islam is for real.

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Gilad Atzmon: The Muslim Brotherhood is Kosher

Ynet reported today that  US Director of National Intelligence James Clapper said during a House Intelligence Committee hearing Thursday that Egypt’s branch of the Muslim Brotherhood movement was "a very heterogeneous group, largely secular, which has eschewed violence and has decried al-Qaeda as a perversion of Islam."

Clapper, who heads the organization commanding 16 American intelligence and investigation agencies, told the committee that the Muslim Brotherhood "have pursued social ends, a betterment of the political order in Egypt, et cetera….. There is no overarching agenda, particularly in pursuit of violence, at least internationally.”

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Gilad Atzmon: Left and Islam

Praying for a change: Anti-government protestors kneel towards Mecca for Friday prayers below a hanging effigy of President MubarakThe following is an updated edition of a paper I published eighteen months ago. The current edition includes new references to the unfolding events in Egypt. 

In front of our eyes, a gigantic regional Arab uprising is taking place. It is evident that until the last few days Western Left had very little to say about it all.  It seems as if the Left has reached a rock bottom state of detachment. It has lost contact with the people, social reality, and humanity in general.

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Yasmeen El Khoudary: The circles in the sky over Gaza

People keep talking of a new war. They tell you about their neighbors — they’re probably too shy to admit that its their family, not their neighbors — who already started stocking up on food items and candles in preparation for the upcoming war. “People are really scared,” they tell you, using “people” instead of “we.” Everyone — groundless news reports and loud rumors — is saying that they can hear the war drums, can’t you?!

Well, to me war has already started, and Israel is already chanting victory, given the very conversation the two of us are having. About two weeks ago I saw what looked to me like a confused Israeli pilot flying around in his F-16 jet, drawing circles in the sky. People immediately took it as a sign, a threat and a signal that war was coming. They even made up memories from back in 2008, and were convinced that on 27 December 2008, an Israeli jet, possibly even the same one, drew the same circles in the sky, and that was when war started.

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Tlaxcala: An interview with Gilad Atzmon (January, 2011)

Now in five  languages thanks to the incredible Tlaxcala team:



Translated by  Manuel Talens
Edited by  Machetera


 In his novels “A Guide to the Perplexed” and “My One and Only Love”, his web site and his political commentaries, jazz musician Gilad Atzmon doesn’t fear mordant satire, aggressive provocations nor even brutal comparisons when it comes to stigmatizing the real apartheid reigning in Israel. He was born there and he is asking his country for a fundamental change.





The Orient House Ensemble: Eddi Hick, Yaron Stavi, Frank Harrison and Gilad Atzmon

FOR THE GHOSTS WITHIN, Robert Wyatt, Atzmon, Stephen (Domino Recordings)

THE TIDE HAS CHANGED, Gilad Atzmon & The Orient House Ensemble (World Village)

Tour Dates


February 24 Th     Birmingham/UK          Mary's Church, Selly Oak, 923 Bristol Road,  talk  (Israeli Palestine conflict) & concert

February  25 Fr     London/UK                        Vortex

February  26 Sa    London/UK                        Vortex

February  27 Su    Colchester/UK                  Fleece



March  6,  su        Vienna/AU                   Porgy & Bess   

March 7, Mo         Paris/Fr                        Libraire Résistances (talk & concert)

March  8, tue        Redange/Lux                L'inouï

March  9, we         Frankfurt/Ger               Kulturfabrik      

March 11, fri         Klosters/Sw                  Kulturverein      

March 12, sa         Chur/Sw                        3 Könige 

March  13, Su        Freiburg/Ger                  Cafe Palestine (a talk)

March 13, su         Freiburg/Ger                   Jazzhaus          

March 14, mo         Pforzheim/Ger                 Domicile             

March 15, tue         Saarwellingen/Ger           Jazzclub             

March 16, we          Zürich/Sw                       Moods         

March 17, thu          Karlsruhe/Ger                 Tempel  (Talk & Concert)   

March 18, fr             Köln/Ger                       Altes Pfandhaus      

March 19, sa            Heilbronn/Ger                Jazzclub  

Latin America

March 20 -31      Touring Costa Rica and Latin America (more details to follow)



Author: Susan Loehr

Gilad Atzmon: Israeli Economy For Beginners

We learn from the press and political analysts that, against all odds and in spite of the global financial turmoil,  Israel’s economy is booming. Some even suggest that Israel is one of  the strongest economies around.

‘How come?’ you may ask; besides maybe avocado, oranges, and some Dead Sea beauty products, none of us has actually ever seen an Israeli product on the shelves. They don’t make cars; nor do they make electric or electronic appliances, and they hardly manufacture any consumer goods. Israel claims to be advanced in high-tech technologies but somehow, the only Israeli advanced software ever to settle within our computers have been their Sabra Trojan Horses.  In the land they grabbed by force from the indigenous Palestinians, they are yet to find any lucrative minerals or oil. 

So what is it? How is it that Israel is impervious to the global financial disaster? How can Israel be so rich?

Israel may be rich because, according to the Guardian, “out  of the seven oligarchs who controlled 50% of Russia’s economy during the 1990s, six were Jewish.” During the last two decades, many Russian  oligarchs  have acquired  Israeli citizenship. They also secured their dirty money by investing in the kosher financial haven; Wikileaks has revealed lately that “sources in the (Israeli) police estimate that Russian organised crime (Russian Mafia) has laundered as much as US $10 billion through Israeli holdings."[1]

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Franklin Lamb: As Tahrir Square goes so goes the Middle East?

It is difficSunday: Some of the thousands of Egyptian protesters shout anti-Mubarak slogans during a protest in Cairo, Egypt. The army sent hundreds more troops and armored vehicles onto the streets of Cairo and other cities but appeared to be taking little action against mass protests. ult to overstate the potential for Egyptian citizens advancing universal aspirations for freedom, dignity and basic human rights now spreading from the determination of those who for more than a week have risked their lives while inspiring much of the World at Cairo’s Tahrir (“Liberation”) Square.  Tahrir public plaza near central Cairo has been the traditional site for numerous major protests and demonstrations over the years, including during the 1977 Egyptian Bread Riots and the March 2003 protests against the American war in Iraq. Washington DC and Tel Aviv are reportedly shocked by the rapidly unfolding and unpredictable revolution.
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Gilad Atzmon: The French Philosopher

What makes one a philosopher? Probably, the capacity to aim at the essence of things, while celebrating the love of wisdom (philo-sophos). Though Bernard-Henri Lévy presents himself as a French philosopher, he seems to lack that elementary capacity. Unlike a true philosopher, Levy engages in an endless spin, typical to a Hasbara agent.

A few days ago the Huffington Post gave a platform to the alleged ‘philosopher’ Levy.

Levy doesn’t approve of the BDS (Boycott, Disinventment, Sanctions) campaign. He claims it is “anti democratic”.  I was expecting Levy to eloquently advocate ‘freedom of speech’ and human rights, but the Zionist ‘intellectual’ failed miserably. Levy followed the well-trodden Judeo centric Zionist template and spread half-baked ideas that hardly form an argument. Pathetically, in most cases, Levy’s ranting proves counter effective to his cause. 

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Gilad Atzmon: The Man With The White Yarmulke

Three days ago Jerusalem urged its ‘Western allies’ to support Mubarak. Yesterday war criminal Tony Blair complied submissively suggesting that “Mubarak is immensely courageous and a force for good.”

The former British PM, who lied to us all, launched an illegal war based on a false dossier and made all of us complicit in the murder of 1.5 million Iraqis, praised the Egyptian president over his role in ‘peace negotiations’. Blair seems to follow the Israeli instructions and warns “against a rush to elections that could bring Muslim Brotherhood to power.”

Blair argued that the west was right to back Mubarak despite his authoritarian regime because he had maintained peace with Israel. In short, according to the former British PM,  ‘democratic enthusiasm’ is better pushed aside for the sake of the Jewish State’s interests. No wonder Lord Levy and the Labour Friends of Israel spent so many sheckels keeping Blair and Labour in power.

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