Beginning Friday, March 16, a member* of the Israeli group ‘Anarchists Against the Wall’ will be speaking at various events around Melbourne. (Barricade hosted another speaker back in April 2009.) NB. Details of some events are TBC.
• Friday, March 16
7pm, Melbourne Anarchist Club (62 St Georges Rd, Northcote)
• Tuesday, March 20
• Wednesday, March 21
University of Melbourne (Union Building)
• Thursday, March 22
1pm, Latrobe University (Agora Cinema)
From the Department of “Anti-Semitism is the socialism of fools” (“Der Antisemitismus ist der Sozialismus der dummen Kerle”) comes news of another tour (of the United States) by Gilad Atzmon. Some folks aren’t all that happy about his tour or his work — especially the support given him by left or progressive organisations — and have issued a statement about it: Not Quite “Ordinary Human Beings”—Anti-imperialism and the anti-humanist rhetoric of Gilad Atzmon (March 13, 2012). You can read it here. Another statement — Granting No Quarter: A Call for the Disavowal of the Racism and Antisemitism of Gilad Atzmon (March 13, 2012) — has been issued by a mob called the US Palestinian Community Network (USPCN).
Closer to home, I’m aware of only a handful of Australians to have attached their names to the former statement. Otherwise, in July 2010, Michael Brull complained about ‘Australians for Palestine’ re-publishing some of Atzmon’s work — the latest such activity occurring in May 2011. (AFP published an editorial statement responding to such criticisms in July 2010.) In the UK, Atzmon’s work has been supported by the SWP, tho’ it seems to have distanced itself in recent times, presumably on account of his batshit.
Here’s a song (or three):
See also : Anti-Fascism, Anti-German, Anti-Semitism, Anti-Zionism… (June 29, 2009).
Crazy cat lady and crackademic Judith Butler
performs her number one smash hit ‘Anarchy is a fag’ at the Australasian Document Computing Symposium Alzheimer’s Disease Cooperative Study Anarchist Developments in Cultural Studies 2011 conference The Anarchist Turn! Turn! Turn!