The Guardian newspaper wished the antisemitic saxophonist Gilad Atzmon a ‘happy birthday’ in its daily birthday wishes to prominent personalities, despite Mr Atzmon’s record of anti-Jewish comments.
Mr Atzmon is an antisemite who has reportedly blamed the Grenfell Tower tragedy on “Jerusalemites” as well as reportedly telling university students that “the Jews were expelled from Germany for misbehaving.” He is not shy about his antisemitism, telling a Jewish Twitter user in 2014: “I am not a Jew any more. I indeed despise the Jew in me (whatever is left). I absolutely detest the Jew in you.”
At one stage, Mr Atzmon was forced to make a humiliating apology to Campaign Against Antisemitism following defamation proceedings, and Campaign Against Antisemitism has successfully pressured venues not to feature Mr Atzmon due to his record of antisemitism.
Most recently, Mr Atzmon has disgracefully tweeted that “The #Left should decide whether it is ‘pro #Jewish’ or ‘pro #Black’ cos the two contradict each other…”
The Guardian must explain why it thought it fitting to wish a happy birthday to an anti-Jewish racist (whom it described merely as a “musician and writer”) and apologise for doing so, particularly at a time when so many others in society are showing solidarity against racism.
— Gilad Atzmon (@GiladAtzmon) June 15, 2020