I'm aware this might be old news but i was really suprised to find that onece again Gilad Atzmon will be at the SWP's Marxism event.
To be honest I thought that last year he had been invited by somebody unaware of all the issues surrounding him - namely his blatant anti-semitism - and that the conference organisers didn't feel like backing down. That he has been invited back to appear at Marxism, given all of the issues raised last year, basically suggests that some people think that his public anti-semitism is a non-issue - that it simply doesn't matter. Interestingly, the justification I came across last year - that he is simply appearing as a musician - is not going to wash this year. According to the SWP/Marxism website Gilad Atzmon and Martin Smith will 'tell the story of [John] Coltrane’s musical development and the struggle against racism in America.' They are putting Atzmon on stage to talk about racism for fucks sake!
This is a man who on his website dedicated an article to 'The J's' (ie the Jews) who in vintage style he described as "running the show running American political life, running American show business, running the ‘new Middle East’, running the Communist revolution."
Seriously if there are any SWPers in the blogosphere who might be able to explain to me why they have decided to put him on the platform I would be very interested to hear what they have to say. And yes I do know he is from a Jewish background and no I don't think that makes irrelevant his support for tradtional European anti-semitism.
In the meantime, see my review of Mr Atzmon's website here