- Royal Northern College of Music
Cancel the performance of Gilad Atzmon on March 5, 2015
We call on the Royal Northern College of Music (RNCM) to cancel the performance of Gilad Atzmon on March 5th.
By allowing this performance the RNCM will be party to fostering anti Semitism and the possibility of attacks on Jewish people and institutions in Manchester.
Additionally the RNCM should take into account how any of its Jewish students will feel by allowing this known anti Semite to perform on its stage.
Gilad Azmon criticisms of Zionism, Jewish identity and Judaism generally as well as his controversial views on Holocaust denial and Jewish history have led to allegations of anti-Semitism and racism. Gilad Azmon is both Jewish and Israeli and his public accusation of Jews dominating the world, his doubting the Holocaust and his blaming of Jews for being so hated are well documented in both his writings and his performances.
His book 'The Wandering Who' has been called probably the most anti-Semitic book published in recent years and it is quite probable that he will be looking to promote and sell this before and after his concert.
Co-incidentally, Thursday night the same evening of the concert, sees the Manchester launch by Sir Peter Fahey, Chief Constable of Manchester of the national campaign We stand Together, with the aim of raising awareness, promoting tolerance and positive activity across all communities. What sort of signal does this send, not only only to the people of Manchester but across the UK generally that the highly reputable RNCM will likely be an unwitting partner in allowing Azmon the platform to spout his blatantly anti-Semitic diatribe to an unsuspecting audience.
But please don't just take our word, I have attached here a number of links which will independently corroborate his track record. For your information, you might also be interested to know that only as recently as January 2015, the Bonington Theatre in Arnold near Nottingham cancelled his concert following letters of complaint received from local residents.
Following the release of recent figures indicating an 80% increase in anti-Semitic activity, Assistant Chief Constable Gary Shewan who is also the national policing lead on anti-Semitism said, " the recent events in Paris are a reminder to all of us here in the UK that if we tolerate people being targeted because of their race, religion or even how they look the consequences are catastrophic - at this difficult time the police in the UK are working hard to bring all communities together to keep us all safe and to achieve this we must stamp out and take action to stop hate crime and to bring an end to anti-Semitism"
We strongly urge you to similarly cancel Azmons performance this week, as your endorsement of his visit to quote Alan Dershovitz " is a dangerous step in legitimizing anti-Semitic rhetoric" at a time when the city and the country are doing everything to promote community cohesion. His appearance and regurgitation of age old tropes, devices and caricatures can only damage the work being done as well as reflecting extremely poorly on the RNCM's great reputation.
- Royal Northern College of Music
We urge you to take note of this petition and cancel the performance of Gilad Atzmon on March 5, 2015.
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