"I'm delayed here (in Jordan) and will not be back in time for the event, and that is the reason for my not attending."
Thanks,Tony. I have been trying to pull out and am urgently trying to find an email contact for them. I'm in Jordan currently, and not back till next week. Do you have a contact for the organisers?Ghada
Ghad wrote back on 27th April to say that:
There is of course an easy explanation, which is that Ghada tried not to hurt Gilad's feelings or more likely didn't want to experience the bile he has directed against other Palestinians who have displeased him. However Atzmon, despite his own beliefs, is not very bright and decided to publicise Ghada's kindness towards him."Indeed I am not speaking, and I've sent an email to the only contact I saw which is on the advert for the event. I'm really concerned that no one has been in touch with me.from their side. I'll see what happens today.I'll keep you posted.Ghada"
Of course this is nonsense. Stop the War Coalition have not promoted the meeting and the views of the neo-Nazi Stormfront or indeed the Zionist Federation's allies, the EDL, are irrelevant. As for the Real IRA I can only assume that this was made up. The JC report also omits Alan Hart's withdrawal.
Atzmon himself has gone haywire. His ego severely dented as he has been abandoned by everyone (except the JC and Stormfront!). On his ego-driven website, the affair is modestly entitled 'Gilad Atzmon: Drama in London'
However this is a severe embarassment to Atzmon. It's all the fault of the Zionists, especially the Jewish anti-Zionist ones! He writes that:
The venue as well as the panelists (except myself funnily enough) came under severe pressure that verged on abuse: one of the panelists admitted to the organisers that he had received twelve phone calls from different Jewish ‘anti-Zionist’ activists, who insisted that -- ‘for the sake of Palestine’-- no one should share a stage with Gilad Atzmon....
I guess that Jewish ‘anti Zionists’ know better than everyone what is good for Palestine, they are chosen after all.
John Rose and Ghada Karmi pulled out, and that is understandable: not many can endure such a level of abuse..'
Of coure this is a tad dishonest. Ghada wanted out, in fact she'd never asked to be in. John Rose was misled about the purpose of the meeting. As for Alan Hart, he will no doubt explain his own views on the matter since he hasn't responded to my e-mails.
But of course is Atzmon wishes to debate his politics then I'm more than up for it. But what Gilad wants is to be taken seriously by academics and those in the know. What he doesn't want is to have to put his ideas to the test, for reasons which are obvious.
Third Panellist Alan Hart Pulls Out – Atzmon is on a Panel of One!
I am reliably informed that Atzmon is infuriated at having been spurned by 2 of his fellow panellists - John Rose and Ghada Karmi - at the meeting which was supposed to take place at Westminster University on 3rd May. In fact he is spitting blood no less at the humiliation. Good. An ego like his needs taking down a peg or two.
I am therefore even more pleased that the third panellist – Alan Hart – the ex-BBC journalist and of Press TV now – has also withdrawn. Atzmon therefore has the Panel to himself and can explain at length how the Jews are behind all the world’s ills!