Long time listeners of The Richie Allen Show will know all about Gilad Atzmon. As well as being one of the most gifted and respected Jazz saxophonists in the world, Gilad is a prolific writer and commentator on subjects such as Jewish identity, Zionism, the siege of Gaza and identity politics. His work is provocative, challenging, triggering, thought proving and educational. It has never been hateful, racist or xenophobic. You may know that Gilad wrote on his website about the UK charity Campaign Against Antisemitism. In his article he asked some salient questions about the organisations charity status, its motivation and some of the highly questionable claims it made about the scale of antisemitism in the UK.
Rather than engage with him, Gideon Falter, head of the CAA, sued Gilad for libel. The case was settled but at an enormous financial cost to Gilad himself. This is the same organisation (CAA) that (along with groups like Momentum) is harassing venues up and down the UK and demanding that they cancel scheduled appearances by those they have deemed to be antisemitic. They offer no proof mind, it's their way or the venue will suffer the consequences. Some of these groups have actually warned venues and theatres that that they will pay a financial price if they host speakers/musicians they have condemned. Imagine, there are still many people in this country who will point to North Korea or China and thank the Lord that we are free. Are we? The action against Gilad is the UK's most frivolous lawsuit this year to say the least. And as I said already, it has come at a very high price for him, it has nearly destroyed him financially. He is asking for our help.
I've always been reluctant to endorse fundraisers as you well know. In fact I've exposed more than one or two frauds in the last couple of years. Gilad is the real deal. We must stand up to those who would attempt to lie about us, marginalise us and financially ruin us, because they don't want others to hear what we have to say. What are they so frightened of? Why won't they debate us? Ah well...below is the letter posted by Gilad on http://www.gilad.co.uk Thanks for reading. Here's a link to where you can support Gilad directly
In March I was sued for libel by the chairman of the Campaign Against Anti Semitism (CAA), Gideon Falter, for suggesting that ‘Antisemitism is a business plan.’ As CAA has explained its objective, the lawsuit was intended both to silence me and to wreck my career. Campaign Against Anti Semitism’s web site states that renowned media lawyer Mark Lewis “devised a strategy for bringing libel actions which he and Campaign Against Antisemitism have begun to use to force antisemites into either apologising in court, or paying substantial damages.” And as CAA boasts in its promotional video, “We ensure antisemites face criminal, professional and reputational consequences.”
And of course, the libel suit didn’t manage to silence me. I am at least as prolific and focused as I was before the lawsuit. I am still performing and giving talks around the world, I still publish my writings on a daily basis. In fact, Mark Lewis, the man who ‘devised the strategy’ intended to silence me, is now defending himself in the disciplinary tribunal for solicitors (https://www.lawgazette.co.uk/news/media-lawyer-mark-lewis-to-face-sdt-over-social-media-comments/5067741.article) for sending “offensive and profane communications.” Instead of managing to obliterate my career, Mark Lewis has left his law firm (Seddons) and is moving to Israel.
Defending myself against the libel charge has been time consuming and extraordinarily expensive; the costs of defending a libel suit in Britain are insanely extortionate. Last March I was left with no option other than asking for your financial support. I was astounded and deeply touched by your quick and generous response. This allowed me to respond to the claim and confirmed to me that fatigue with the strategies used by organisations like CAA is solid and global. I was reassured that I wasn’t alone.
The case has now settled but I am left with a huge hole in my pocket. Although I am selling some of my musical instruments and have made other arrangements to try to raise the necessary funds, I remain short about £40.000. Unfortunately, I need additional support. Asking you for money is very upsetting for me but this is an important battle for all of us.
I am grateful for any help you can provide, it is heartening to know that you stand with me in support of free speech, and that you will help me manage the consequences of exercising our most important right.
Thanks so much