Gilad Atzmon is an Israeli-born British jazz musician, a novelist, a blogger and an anti-Zionism activist. His writings and talks are very critical of Zionist-regime, Judaism, British government’s blind support for Israel and the Jewish lobby groups working for the interests of a foreign country (Israel). Gilad has recorded nine albums so far and his album Exile was BBC Jazz Album of the Year in 2003. His music mostly addresses the Middle East conflict. His two novels have been translated into 22 languages.
During his recent visit to the Greek Cyprus to join with Cyprus Symphony Orchestra (watch the video at the end of this post), Gilad Atzmon was interviewed by Theo Panayides which was published in Cyprus Mail (February 21, 2010) under the heading “Wandering jazz player” – in which he told his host:
“I don’t have any passion for politics. I despise politics, and I despise politicians – of all sorts, even the most wonderful ones. I don’t like people who think they know better than others. I don’t trust them”.
“I don’t write about politics. I write about ethics. I write about identity. I write a lot about the Jewish Question – because I was born in the Jew-land, and my whole process in maturing into an adult was involved in the realization that my people are living on stolen land.”
“We didn’t know as Israelis that the Palestinians were ethnically cleansed. We as Israelis were brought up to believe that the Palestinians just left, because they were advised to leave by the Arab countries. We didn’t know about legislation to stop them from coming back, we didn’t even know that every Palestinian village had been wiped out (more than 600 of them). We were indoctrinated into a denial of the Palestinian Cause. We were not aware of it”. Gilad Atzmon, literally didn’t know about Palestinian refugees in Lebanon – till he went there as a soldier, aged 19, and wondered where these people had come from.
“You can’t understand the history of Jewish suffering without looking at Israeli barbarism. Maybe fear is also what fuels the Israelis self-denial that every piece of land in Israel is actually Palestine.”
The Israeli Hasbara Committee has accused Gilad Atzmon of anti-Semitism and branded him a ‘self-hating Jew’. In 2007, the Swedish Committee Against Anti-Semitism censured a local party for inviting Gilad to speak, claiming he’d worked to “legitimise the hatred of Jews”.