the situation in england is similar to that here in the seat of the empire. there are interest groups that have arranged for the rest of us to be forced into their particular box of choice. here and there its the charge of 'anti-semitism' that is used to beat us into line;
Gilad Atzmon is fighting a battle for
free speech in England. Here’s why it matters in the United States.
Atzmon was prohibited by a local council, Islington, made up almost
entirely of Labour Party members, from playing the saxophone with his
band the Blockheads. The ban followed a complaint from a far right
Zionist, who in his own social media posts frequently disparaged and
threatened the Labour Party and its leader as anti Semitic.
The complainant submitted a number of
quotations from Atzmon taken out of context and cut and pasted for the
desired effect. In fact, Atzmon is not an anti Semite, although he is
critical of identity politics and particularly of Jewish identity
politics (for example, the group Jewish Voices for Peace, why not All
Voices for Peace?). The council concluded that Atzmon’s views were “at
the lowest provocative and distasteful or at the highest anti-Semitic
England has hate speech laws and with
that conclusion one might have expected the council to file a complaint.
But Atzmon has never been charged or even questioned under such laws.
Through a convoluted series of rationales, the council, which does not have policing power,
decided it had the right to prohibit a saxophone player from joining
his band. The Labour Party seems to support the council’s decision: the Guardian reported that a spokesman for the Labour Party, without proof, labelled Atzmon a “vile anti-Semite“.
Would Atzmon, a critic of Israel, been allowed to have the council deny
admission to hard core Zionists? Could the council ban Muslims in burkas about whom Zionists complained?............http://www.thetruthseeker.co.uk/?p=181241