jewish thought police a la carte

Theater drama
Scoopy’s Notebook, The Villager, Apr 27 2017

It seems that Lorcan Otway’s Theatre 80 on St Mark’s Place will be picketed by “antifa” (anti-fascist) protesters on the evening of Sun Apr 30, when the venue will be hosting a talk by the controversial word-slinger and saxophonist Gilad Atzmon. Neighborhood activist Bill Weinberg, who says he will be among the protesters, told Scoopy:

Atzmon has a Web site full of Holocaust revisionism and shameless defenses of age-old anti-Semitic tropes. This isn’t anti-Zionism. It is anti-Semitism, and it is high time activists learned to tell the difference.

Local leftist writer Donna Minkowitz turned down an invitation to be on the panel with Atzmon. She wrote about the episode in The Forward, in a piece entitled, “Why A ‘Proud Self-Hating Jew’ Asked Me To Tout His Book.” She writes:

Since 2000, Atzmon has been spewing viciously anti-Semitic writings with statements like ‘we must begin to take the accusation that the Jewish people are trying to control the world very seriously.’

The Facebook announcement for the protest indicates that Minkowitz may be joining the picket, as well. Weinberg says he considers Otway a friend and comrade despite this episode. He told us:

I hope my friendship with Lorcan will survive this ugliness, but he has to understand, that if he is going to open his venue to a Jew-hater, I have no choice but to protest it.

Otway did not respond to a request for comment by press time. Weinberg said he was sure the theater impresario would say the event is being held in the spirit of encouraging open “dialogue.” However, the East Village journo said:

There can be no dialogue with such fascistic voices. Would Lorcan open Theatre 80 to David Duke or Marine Le Pen? I see little difference.

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