Atzmon is an antisemite, which is bad: at least we can agree on that

August 7, 2011 at 5:24 pm (Anti-Racism, anti-semitism, fascism, Jim D, mental health, perversity, wankers)

Above: Atzmon, saxist and racist


From ‘Harry’s Place’:

Zero Books and Gilad Atzmon

Joseph W, August 5th 2011, 1:00 pm

Gilad Atzmon is a jazz musician, who promotes pretty much every single antisemitic theory of the neo Nazi Right, including Holocaust denial.

You can read some of his nastiest quotes here.


Me (commenting at ‘Shiraz‘):

Some of us have been warning the left (and especially the “anti-Zionist” left) about Atzmon for years, with only limited success. The SWP no longer actively champions him, but (as far as I’m aware) have yet to account for their years of promoting him as both a performer and a “respectable” commentator on the Middle East, Zionism and related matters. The ‘Morning Star’ (notably their otherwise excellent jazz writer Chris Searle) continues to carry articles praising not just his music but his politics. People associated with the PSC and the BDS campaign recently organised a number of meetings at university campuses at which Atzmon was billed as a speaker (I’m not clear on whether the PCS itself endorsed these meetings; I know that some of the speakers billed to appear alongside Atzmon eventually pulled out). The ‘Guardian’ has repeatedly referred to Atzmon’s politics in such semi-approving terms as “provocative” , “anti-Zionist”, “outspoken”, etc.




Filed under: anti-semitism — Andy Newman @ 11:27 am

I am concerned to learn that the anti-Semite, Gilad Atzmon, is writing a book on Jews for the Zero Books, as part of an otherwise entirely credible series of books by respected left figures such as Richard Seymour, Nina Power, Laurie Penny, and Owen Hatherley.

One can only can imagine what its content will be. Those who have been following Atzmon’s attempts to associate himself with the left will be in no doubt that Atzmon is a Jew-hater, and Zero books should urgently reconsider


‘Harry’s Place’, ‘Shiraz Socialist’ and ‘Socialist Unity’ don’t have much in common, and are often in dispute with each other. But, it seems, we can all recognise the poison of antisemitism when we encounter it, and want to do something about it.

Write to Zero Books to demand that they refuse to publish Atzmon’s filth.

Zero books seems to be owned by John Hunt Publishers Ltd, a Christian publishers, whose address is: 46(a) West Street, Alresford, Hampshire SO24 9AU and/or Laurel House
Station Approach, Alresford, Hampshire, SO24 9JH; email:

We should also demand that  Zero Books’ trendy new ‘leftie’ signings Nina Power, Laurie Penny , Owen Hatherley and our old friend Lenny “Seymour” Tombstone (, make representations.

Do it now!


  1. Jim Denham said,

  2. Rosie said,

    I see that your totally inoffensive comment got deleted on Socialist Unity, Jim. Not even a DELETED to mark the spot.

  3. Jim Denham said,

    Yeah: so much for my attempt at an anti-antisemitic united front.

    Nooman really is a Stalinist, isn’t he?

  4. Sarah AB said,

    Gosh – didn’t you just say Atzmon’s ethnicity didn’t matter? I thought that was both fair and implicitly supportive of the OP.

  5. Jim Denham said,

    Leftist who still have some illusions in Atzmon, should read this filthy piece of racist shite:

  6. Monsieur Jelly est formidable said,

    hp sauce are vermin as well as atzmon.

  7. Torquil Macneil said,

    “Nooman really is a Stalinist, isn’t he?”

    The last time I posted an innocuous comment on his site he deleted it and accused me of being ‘pro-paedophile’! I lost my temper a bit but I have since been told that he may be going through a bit of crisis and is getting known for being increasingly tired and emotional in the long after lunch period so I am feeling a little more sympathetic. I have known plenty of people lose that particular battle.

  8. Sarah AB said,

    Torquil – based on your (much repeated!) explanation on SU about the pro-paedophile business – I thought he was being unfair. Oddly, as far as I know, I’ve only had one comment deleted on SU which was a cross response to an offensive comment – so both were deleted, which is fair enough.

  9. Torquil Macneil said,

    I’m glad someone read my outpouring Sarah, but I think ‘unfair’ is mild, to be honest. He accused me pretty overtly and usinng my real name, of being a paedophile completely out of the blue and with absolutely no basis whatsoever. If you had followed the link he put up to a blog post where he claimed I had argued that there should be ‘no age limit’ when it came to children (with the clear implication that I was referring to sex with children) you would have seen that the discussion was about buying sea shells. But Andy knew that few would bother to follow the link and would simply assume that there was something nasty out there.

    Still, as I said, Andy seems to be fighting a battle with an old problem that often leads to these kinds of overly emotional transgressions and I can only sympathise with him over that. If he ever gets on a programme, one of the first steps is apologising for all the people you have insulted and abused, so who knows …

  10. Torquil Macneil said,

    Oh and (with apologies for boring on about it), I should say Sarah, that if Andy had left my responses to his offensive and absurd insult up I would have been happy to leave things as they were. As it was, I had to threaten him with a suit before he removed the defamatory post.

  11. Sarah AB said,

    Yes, based on my sense of what you had said, and what he then said/did, unfair is an understatement – I can’t think what he thinks to gain from it.

  12. Monsieur Jelly est formidable said,

    horsey gymkhana wotnot. hp sauce vermin

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