Dr Mark Baker and the Neturei Karta boycotters of the Left Wing

I was sent this article, written by Mark Baker, an academic at Monash University (and family friend). Mark is alleged to have posted the article below on his facebook page. I received it by email and have never visited Mark’s facebook page. My reaction, over a few days, was that we had the mirror image of the boycott tactics used by Neturei Karta against the State except unlike Neturei Karta, this wasn’t about religion (Halacha doesn’t get a guernsey in Marks article). Rather it was the exasperated groans of a left-winger indelibly married to two “states”, even if one is effectively the mamzer Amalek.

I interspersed his facebook commentary with my understanding of why some of Mark’s views are blind post-liberal, and left-wing economic terrorism. The tone sounds an awful lot like the failed rhetoric we hear from J-Street, Bernie “the shhh I’m a Yid” Sanders, American reform and the Tikun (sic.) Olamniks of this world. They stem from superimposing a left-leaning view of the world, into some plasticine-like Zionism (and Judaism) as opposed to the other way around. In the other way around, Zionism and Judaism are already defined. They react to the world. They do not metamorphose to become something else to fit into some world views.

I will variegated Mark’s emotive outbursts with a critique of his post-liberalism. The rhetoric sounds like the extreme left views we hear from J-Street and Bernie “I’m not sure if my grandchildren will even be reconstructed cultural Jews” Sanders, feel-good American Reform clergy,  and of course, the Tikun (sic) Olamniks of this world. I don’t mention the infamous Norman Finkelstein because Mark appears to be even more radical than Norman on BDS. Norman, one of many communist inventions of the Holocaust, actually opposes the very BDS that Mark claims he “quietly supports”. The left-leaning start with their vision of the Olam (world) which they conjure to appease an already morally corrupt world and then mould (sic) Judaism into having plasticine-like spinal characteristics that can be contorted any which way.

My comments are interspersed and not in italics. The original article from Mark is in italics. This should not be understood as an ad hominem attack on Mark; I’m sure he believes what he says and he is no Norman Finkelstein anymore than I am a Dershowitz or Benny Morris.

I was living in Israel in 1995 with my family. From our apartment, we could hear the crowds at Zion Square baying for Rabin’s blood, and holding up placards of the PM dressed as a Nazi and a terrorist. Bibi Netanyahu was standing on the balcony, whipping up a frenzy, which culminated in the assassination of Rabin.

Long time ago! This description is mendacious.  Both the left and the right engaged and engage in spirited demonstration, but  implicitly opening with a remark that is designed to ascribe the assassination of Rabin to Bibi is confounding and offensive, while it is woven indirectly as a deflection. Clearly  this imagery and its conclusion is out of context. It was designed to paint the entrance to the rest of the article. First, “Bibi is responsible for Rabin’s assassination”. Now we’ve got you hating him for that episode, let’s continue.

Nothing has changed about Bibi in 22 years, except that he has stood at the helm of a government that has led the country literally into a dead-end.

People who don’t change their views in the face of unchanged oppression and rejectionism should not be held to ridicule. Let’s see what else hasn’t changed in 22 years.

  1. Arafat hopelessly let his people down (apart from Mrs Arafat’s fat bank account and the years of siphoning money to his cronies and the 1 Billion spent on the 1st intifada, 1/2 of which was funded by Saudi Arabia, and the massive corruption, which makes James Packer’s gifts insignificant. Even now, it is a brave person who claims that Abbas actually distributes international money to non political causes.
  2. He had Rabin, not Bibi, and Arafat still couldn’t bring himself to sign on for a two-state solution! Wasn’t there a proposal for this in 1948 too and before that? Note: it was in Arafat’s hands; not Bibi’s. What do we learn from that? That Israel didn’t offer enough? Come now! Everyone knows that simply wasn’t true. Arafat wanted to live another day. Peace would have meant his savage opponents would lop his head off-ISIS style. In the end, I believe this is why Arafat didn’t sign. Mark, perhaps tell us why you think Arafat didn’t sign off? Was it because he was actually born in Cairo and didn’t think he had the authority. Goodness me.
  3. They still want ALL of Israel. Is anyone in any doubt? When push comes to shove, Arafat, Abbas, all of them, simply do not accept the concept that there is a distinctive JEWISH Homeland. Does Mark really believe they don’t want to push us into the sea? What does “the” occupation mean? Mahmoud “Holocaust denier” Abbas, calls the idea of a Jewish Homeland “Racist”. A Chutzpa. Let him try to live in Jordan where most of his DNA-brethren live and where his genome is found.  Perhaps he’d like Saudi Arabia or Yemen; maybe Syria?
  4. Post-holocaust, especially, endangering Israeli sovereignty is not negotiable. Not 22 years ago, while Mark sat on balconies sipping coffee, and not now. Since most Arabs still don’t accept that reality, we are delusional if we think otherwise. Instead they engage in diplobabble. Mark, falling for this, is no different to someone who takes all of Trumps rhetoric seriously.
  5. They should seek to confederate with the Hashemites in Jordan, most of whom are their blood cousins. Why do you respect Jordan so much Mark? When does Monash’s library make a big deal of that tribe. Is the Palestinian in Jordan different somehow or are you as afraid of the Hashemites as they are. Call the historic truth, not some temporal Ottoman historical relic.
  6. Israel is probably at its strongest point (although it should have listened to Bennett in respect of the Hamas tunnel tactics and not Bibi. Certainly Mr Morality Ya’alon is now finished in politics for his clumsy left-wing handling of the mortal threat of death tunnels.
  7. One cannot talk about a two state solution! One must talk about a three state solution. When someone can make Abbas, Hamas, Saudi Arabia, Iran, Hizbollah, Da’esh and Turkey’s dictators kiss and make up, they can cut the number to consideration of two states. Don’t hold your breath. Make sure you have done a course on disentangling diplomatic babble before you fall for the type of nonsense, that Rabin and Clinton did.
  8. And yet, we don’t hear anything about “the right” of return. Is this deemed acceptable by Mark? Is he expecting Abbas to move back to Tzfat and vote in the municipal elections and avail himself of Kupat Cholim for his hemorrhoids? Maybe he wants not an international Jerusalem, but an international Israel where we pay jizya or become Dhimmis. (Who were the first to call for an “international Jerusalem”? Of course, it was the Pope. Study Xtianity and the chosen people and you will understand why they had to say that).
  9. Palestinian PhD students in Melbourne who I talk to, make it VERY clear. They don’t want a Palestinian state under Abbas. I was actually shocked. They say they want ONE state (not two). They say that Abbas and Hamas and the lot of them are corrupt criminals. They say they are happy to live along Israelis and Jews and vote in elections. Sorry guys, that’s not a Jewish Homeland. We aren’t stupid. I didn’t say that in response, of course. I just listened to their view.

While he wasn’t the first to build settlements, he has deepened and permanently institutionalised the occupation, eroded Israeli democracy, continued to whip up racism against Arabs, propagated the myth that there is no peace deal to be made, turned Israel into a partisan issue in Congress and among Diaspora Jews, launched brutal wars that could have been avoided, created a diversionary campaign to fight the delegitimisation of Israel when he more than anyone has contributed to its delegitimisation, alienated Israel from world leaders by shunning international law, abused Holocaust memory by playing the victim card, exploited real threats in the region for his own political expediency, undermined the civil rights legacy of his own Likud party in exchange for a fascist impulse; created a settler state and given free rein to Jewish thuggery; and worst of all, he has paid lip-service to the two-state solution while creating a one-state reality, leading Israel (as warned by every PM before him) down the path of apartheid.

Now that’s a looong expectorating sentence, even if interspersed by stray semi colons. Lets take the allegations one by one so they can be swallowed slowly.

  1. Bibi wasn’t the first to build a “settlement”. I guess that’s a feather in Bibi’s cap. Indeed, tell us please what a settlement is. Is Efrat a settlement or are you upset only about 10-20 families in caravans on a hill-top? I trust you boycott Rabbi Riskin as well as Gush Etzyon. He’s here now. Go and demonstrate against him? Define your terms. I believe 2-3% of land is taken up by “settlements”. Are you going to tell Rabbi Riskin to pack up and go back to Lincoln Square because Arabs listened to their mufti in 1948 during a war?
  2. “The occupation”? I’m sorry, it’s disputed land. You live in an occupation. This is Aboriginal land. Have you bought it from them? I don’t know which of your teachers failed to teach you that Jews are the closest thing to indigenous natives, and Palestine is a recently promoted modern term used to confuse the neurone-deprived UN. Warren Mundine knows it. Why doesn’t Mark Baker?
  3. How is Israeli democracy eroded? Have people gotten into power unelected? Perhaps Trumps victory has you so upset that you’ve forgotten he was democratically elected. Maybe you want a new J-Street constitution?
  4. Where does Bibi whip-up racism against Arabs! He’s been hobnobbing with Sunni Arabs who are all too eager to join him and not face the brutal Shiite regime of Iran and its satellite terrorist puppets. Perhaps if God forbid one of their rockets hit your balcony in the 90’s you would have a more sober view of them. I know: Sunni, Shiite, what’s the difference, they are all fine people, full of democracy and tolerance. Did you know Iran is building underground factories for Hezbollah. You think Hezbollah care about Palestinian Arabs or Lebanon? The only thing that unites these people is hatred for YOU, yes you Mark Baker. Go back and look at the beheadings from ISIS. Do you think these savages would spare you?
  5. “Launched brutal wars?” What newspapers were you reading Mark, the Anarchist nonsense given out near Melbourne University or the Trade Union? Did you forget what the D in IDF stands for? That is the motive behind every interlocution. Oh, and don’t forget to read how the soft and fuzzy democrat Ya’alon and his mate Gantz let Israel down with their dismissal of the Hamas Tunnels. Would you ask them to resign. The report is out. Only Bennett comes out looking normal. You won’t enjoy reading how it placed Israelis in grave danger.
  6. “Abused Holocaust memory by playing the victim card.” Nobody is playing cards Mark. Did you borrow this line from Finkelstein? His parents were communists. Yours aren’t. This is for real, just like the Holocaust. How many times do you need “we will drive them into the sea repeated to you? Don’t you watch memri.org or is that also just a load of baloney? Guess what? Holocaust survivors like your parents Mark, actually like Bibi and support Jewish strength; not the pathetic ‘my grandchildren will never be Jews, Bernie Sanders nebachs’, and the libertarian, egalitarian Diaspora pontificators.
  7. You’ve chosen to only focus on the political machinations in the Likud. You think that the Labour party or the Mapai or the Mapam would stop at any political method to keep power? I have no doubt your new darling is Yair Lapid. Why? Because the left-wing is so morally bankrupt, even left wingers don’t take them seriously. Only Shimon Peres could get some attention with his one liners, but we know his part in Oslo. That wasn’t about power either, was it? He was as power drunk as the next politician. Jealous of Rabin?
  8. Alienated leaders? Oh spare me. Is Obama now your love child? Obama will go down as one of the most useless Presidents that existed. Yes, a nice fellow, smart, and great orator, but anyone who can stand and watch 450,000 Syrian casualties (those who do need Tikun Olam) and the best Obama can do in response is send the odd drone, smells morally corrupt and makes Obama a gutless wonder: take your pick. Oh, did you notice how the Africans are now lining up. Perhaps Mark you’d be more impressed if that English anti-Semite Corbyn or the genius Richard Gere was “happy” with Israel.
  9. What is a settler state? Define your terms. Stop with hyperbole. Maybe you mean the Charedim of Betar? Oh, we better not mention Betar. It’s a Jewish place, after all, and the Charedim are iconic “settlers”! I think it’s four minutes to cross Israel by plane. I imagine your microwave achieves more in less time, Mark.
  10. Free reign to Jewish Thuggery. I am a scientist. Perhaps you will quote some figures for us. Let’s go with statistics. You know you are wrong, and that’s even if the soldier who shot the dying terrorist was pardoned. Ask your acquaintance Zev Slonim why Zev’s son was held in prison without representation and democratic rights. He’s a right-winger. I thought Bibi only did that to lefties. Think again. Was that a ruse?
  11. Apartheid. Let’s see. I didn’t see it in Jerusalem. Did you see it while you were watching with your family on the porch, as you stated or while walking down Mamila? You obviously have a better understanding of how to defend ISRAELI cities and civilians from thugs, terrorists and murderers. Those who live their lives peacefully do so and nobody is bothered by them. There are plenty of Palestinian settlements (and Jewish ones) that are peaceful.

He is a liar like Trump, who will speak in Australia tonight by using his oratory skills to trade in fear, eternal victimhood, and despair – while claiming the high-moral ground that Israel is a beacon of light unto the world.

Trump is a liar. Okay, maybe, perhaps he is also a fool. Or maybe he is a clever non politician who has read the mood of the American people better than unelectable Clinton. I decided to judge Trump on what he does. What he says, is all part of the political game. Perhaps you think that Malcolm Turnbull was a sycophantic fool when he acknowledged that Israel had high democratic standards. I think your rhetoric Mark is more akin to the liar Richard Di Natale and his band of merry tree-hugging anti Semites or the repetitive letter writers in the  Jewish News (e.g. Henry Herzog). I hope no Jew ever votes Green. The assimilated ones will. I have no doubt. The tree will be more important than the rotted root. The tree lives on. The rotted root stays that way. (By the way Mark, do you consider Mark Dreyfus Jewish? You claim to be “Orthodox” albeit partnership style. Ask Melanie Landau? )

He will go down in history as having unleashed the dark demons of hyper-nationalism that will kill the Zionist dream.

I can see exactly what Trump and Bibi are doing. I’m surprised you can’t. Either Abbas will come to the party (he’s gutless so forget that) or the status quo will continue. The Palestinians will have their own Arab global warming. They will fight: Fatah and Hamas and Dahlan and say “enough is enough” we don’t hate Jews like you’ve taught us.

It is not the anti-Zionists who should be shunning him, but those who care deeply about Israel and its future.

Those who care deeply about Israel can support Bibi whole heartedly unless he is found guilty of breaching ministerial standards.  Why is the implication that only a Zionist lefty is a true Zionist. Now, that’s apartheid and bias. That’s the killing of democracy. There is nothing, absolutely nothing, about a “two state” solution. That arose in 1948 and was rejected by Hitler’s Mufti.

Nothing has changed for the better, it’s only become worse. Can I suggest concentrating on supporting the indigenous people of Australia? That’s where you and I live. Maybe we should give back their land, and their right of return (as Jews deserve in Israel).

Leave the defence of Israel and its decision-making to those who put their lives on the line–not me, nor you. We are just pontificating, opinion-bearing people. We are irrelevant.

Hey Mark, watch this video. Give me a mark out of 10 for the pathetic apologist.

But none of this is as expressive as your mentor, Mark, the venerable David Ben Gurion. Watch him here. If he heard you admit that you boycotted Israel “quietly” I suggest he’d call you a fool. As to why you continue to be funded through the community at Monash. That’s a mystery to me and I call on the community to redirect their money away from extreme left wingers.

Mark, what do you have to say about the difference between Ben Gurion and Bibi as per this video?

Perhaps, Mark, it’s time you stopped pretending and joined Noam Chomsky as a fully fledged egalitarian member of the Jewish Community where the notion of identity is erased, as per a communist manifesto and has little hope of surviving the next century.

PS. Anyone whose Hebrew isn’t good enough to understand Ben Gurion’s interview above MUST find someone to translate it to them. He didn’t sit on balconies sipping coffee.






רפואה שלמה ליהודה בן טובה גיטל תיכף ומיד


Advertisements on the Jerusalem Post App

I have a daily habit of looking at the app (which is one of the more annoying ones as you are bombarded every which way … the Israelis know how to annoy you so 🙂

Last night and this morning, I come across advertisements for the rabidly anti Zionist Adam Bandt of the Australian Greens Party. What the Heck? Do I have to see his Partzuf (visage) on the Jerusalem Post? Does he really think even Jewish lefties are going to support this BDS supporter and his fanatical anti Israel party?

I have taken the opportunity to report the advertisement as inappropriate with a few clicks. Consider the same?

I imagine the Android app is similar (I don’t use Android. There is too much Mamzerus in the operating system, and yes, I know it’s cheaper and the S7 is a nice phone; but Steve Jobs, who wasn’t an Israel lover, did revolutionise the Computer World unless you still wear blinkers and are happy with the South East Asian Engineering version of the plagiarism.

Anyway, click the advertisement, and tell Google (more Yidden) to send these advertisements to Azazel.

In the meanwhile, I  encourage people to vote for Michael Danby in Melbourne Ports. My hip pocket may be better in the long run under Malcolm Turnbull, who is a wonderful friend of Israel and a competent person, but Michael needs to remain in Parliament as a strong voice, and for that reason alone, I feel it’s important to support him. Saul Same AM ( Avshalom Shmulewitz was his real name; an Elwood Shule Mispallel who came from a Shochet in Western Australia, but I digress) would agree, but for more partisan reasons.

A sane, traditional university and the BDS

This is from the Algemeiner. McGill is probably too fair for the New Israel Fund, and Israel’s bleeding left wing.

McGill University and How Western Civilization May Have Just Saved Itself — From Itself

McGill University in Montreal, Canada. Photo: wiki commons.
McGill University in Montreal, Canada. Photo: wiki commons.
Something quite remarkable happened a few days ago. It happened quietly, in a remote corner of some administrative building probably, but it ought to be loudly disseminated across the Western world. Not to be overly dramatic, but Western civilization just might have saved itself — from itself.

For universities are the heart of that civilization, and last week, a university’s student government suddenly remembered what the overall purpose of student governments is — which itself ought to remind universities of what their overall purpose is.

The Judicial Board at Montreal’s McGill University ruled last Tuesday that resolutions affirming the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) campaign against Israel violate the Constitution and Equity Policy of its student government, the Students’ Society of McGill University (SSMU). That means that McGill, whose campus has in the past 18 months endured three consecutive BDS campaigns and votes, all of which ultimately failed, will finally be able to return full-time to its proper business.

The reasoning in the decision is so clear that it’s downright refreshing.

In its mandate documents, the Judicial Board notes that SSMU’s mission is to “facilitate communication and interaction between all students,” to refrain from discrimination on the basis of “race, national or ethnic origin … religion …,” and to create “an ‘anti-oppressive’ atmosphere where all of its membership feels included.”

But, then, can the SSMU “take an authoritative, direct, and unambiguous stance” against a particular nation, as the recent BDS resolution demands that it do against Israel?

Unambiguously, no.

A university may well have students from both sides of any given conflict, and “by picking a side … the government does not promote interactions … but rather champions one’s cause over another.” Student governments must represent their members, but “it would be absurd for the government to claim that it is representing Israeli members as favorably as other nationals despite it supporting boycotts … against Israel.” Indeed, by “adopting official positions against certain nations … SSMU would be placing members from those nations at a structural disadvantage within [the] community,” failing to protect the rights of those minorities from “the tyranny of the majority,” and in thus violating its “anti-oppression” mandate would be failing in “its obligations to its own members.”

Or to put it succinctly:

McGill is first and foremost a university, a place of knowledge and intellectual growth — a fact that is often forgotten….[Our student government] cannot be the venue for a proxy war.

Yes, one wants to respond, refreshed — and the same is true for any university and student government, whether or not they have a constitution explicitly spelling that out.


That all this is so obviously true — that anyone undertaking a neutral approach to designing student governments would concur — makes you wonder why (as the Judicial Board put it) it is so “often forgotten.”

I have several hypotheses, but will mention just one.

For any conflict, the scholar always recognizes that there are (at least) two sides. Any organization serving the scholarly mission of the university must always therefore ensure that all sides have equal opportunity to be heard.

The activist has no such constraint. The activist’s goal is to “win,” to change the status quo, to defeat the other side, to overturn it — to silence it.

I believe that activism is wonderful, and to be encouraged. I would even propose that activism as we today understand it has naturally grown out of scholarship: that as the enlightenment led to intellectual liberty it led to the recognition of the value of diversity in every sense — which in turn leads to the activism that admirably promotes that diversity.

But in our zeal for activism, we have forgotten that when a student government takes a side in a conflict, when it decides that there are not two sides after all, it thereby abandons its role in the scholarly mission of the institution for the activism. And as the Judicial Board noted, where a student government’s objective should be to protect and promote the interests of minorities, including minority opinions, against the tyranny of the majority, when the government chooses one side it becomes the tyrannical majority instead.

That is the moment when the activism begotten by scholarship overthrows the scholarship — the moment when the university launches its own destruction.

Indeed, the last time this was put so clearly was perhaps all the way back in 1967, when the University of Chicago’s Kalven Committee produced its famous “Report on the University’s Role in Political and Social Action.”

It is worth some extended quotes:

A university has a great and unique role to play in fostering the development of social and political values in a society. The role is defined by the distinctive mission of the university … the discovery, improvement, and dissemination of knowledge.

The instrument of dissent and criticism is the individual faculty member or … student. The university is the home and sponsor of critics; it is not itself the critic…. To perform its mission in the society, a university must sustain an extraordinary environment of freedom of inquiry and maintain an independence from political fashions, passions, and pressures. A university, if it is to be true to its faith in intellectual inquiry, must embrace, be hospitable to, and encourage the widest diversity of views within its own community … It is not a club, it is not a trade association, it is not a lobby.

…[It] is a community which cannot take collective action on the issues of the day without endangering the conditions for its existence and effectiveness. There is no mechanism by which it can reach a collective position without inhibiting that full freedom of dissent on which it thrives. It cannot insist that all of its members favor a given view of social policy; if it takes collective action, therefore, it does so at the price of censuring any minority who do not agree with the view adopted. In brief, it is a community which cannot resort to majority vote to reach positions on public issues.

The neutrality of the university as an institution arises … out of respect for free inquiry and the obligation to cherish a diversity of viewpoints …

Of course, one wants to say. Intellectual inquiry requires intellectual liberty, and the freedom of speech. Don’t we all agree on that? Doesn’t every single fair-minded lover of knowledge, not seized by the hysteria of his own personal political agenda, agree with that?

But the “instrument” of that speech is the individual faculty member or student, and the groups they may form to promote their viewpoints. Let them have at it, with maximal freedom of inquiry and speech ringing throughout the institution.

But that most noble goal of intellectual liberty and diversity can be achieved only when the organs of the institution itself — the university, the faculty governing body, graduate student unions, the student government — are above the fray. To maximize the freedom of inquiry and speech of their members, they must not be hijacked for the political agendas even of the majority of their members.

In our zeal for activism, for the clarity of one side (at the expense of the other), we have somehow failed to observe what could not be more obvious: that the BDS movement as it is manifest on our campuses is an attack on the fundamental goals and values of the university as a whole.

This is not about defending Israel. Criticize Israel all you want.

It is about defending the university.

McGill’s Judicial Board has done us all an immense service. Socrates, Hume, Mill — and ultimately all the many minority and disenfranchised voices themselves that have in recent years finally been getting their turn to be heard — should thank you.

Hail JK Rowling and Hershel Potter

She came out publicly in the Guardian against the BDS.

Perhaps most interesting is the list of people who HAVE put themselves on the record in the British Guardian Newspaper as supporting the BDS. What I found fascinating is that they all seem to be tree hugging writers, artists, film makers,poets, directors. There seem to be few if any scientists or people with that bent of mind. What does that tell you? Here they are. JK Rowling signed onto this group.

Mark Aaron designer, artist, composer
May Abdalla documentary filmmaker
Hanan Abdalla documentary filmmaker
Khalid Abdalla actor, filmmaker
Hassan Abdulrazzak playwright/screenwriter
Leo Abrahams producer
Tom Adams musician
Martin Adams printmaker sculptor
Beverley Adams Stack artistic director Faceless Arts
Susanne Adebayo playwright, actor, director, producer, teacher
Olugbenga Adelekan dj/producer
Joseph Adesunloye director
Zahra Ahmadi actor
Raisah Ahmed writer/director
Rizwan Ahmed actor
Mediah Ahmed playwright
Peter Ahrends architect
Hamja Ahsan artist / curator
Akkas Al-Ali director
Hanan Al-Shaykh, writer
Catherine Alexander director, teacher
Kirsty Alexander dance artist and curator
Jane Alexander singer
Clem Alford musician
Seif Alhasani designer
Tariq Ali writer, film / television / broadcaster
Zulfqar Ali art consultant
Khyam Allami musician/composer
Candace Allen writer
Deniz Allport librarian story-teller
Will Alsop OBE architect
Tayo Aluko writer, actor, singer
David Ambrose storyteller, festival organiser
Chiara Ambrosio filmmaker, visual artist
Amir Amirani filmmaker
Tahmima Anam novelist
Anthony Anaxagorou poet
Adjoa Andoh actor
Ben Annesley artist
Charlotte Anstey ceramic artist
Alexander Anthony journalist
Frankie Armstrong singer, voice teacher Anti-Capitalist Roadshow
Barby Asante artist and curator
Richard Ashcroft musician
Simon Ashdown film composer, music producer
Oreet Ashery artist, visiting professor
Adeeb Ashfaq artist
Peter Ashlock artist, writer
Kevin Atherton artist
Jean Atkin poet
Tim Atkins poet
Ed Atkins artist
Anne-Marie Atkinson artist
Diane Atkinson writer
Liane Aukin scripts, drama
Franko B artist
Lekan Babalola artist
Ben Bailes lighting designer
Giles Bailey artist/lecturer
Roy Bailey folk singer
Una Baines songwriter/musician
Richard Olatunde Baker percussion
Syd Baker singer/songwriter
Patrick Baladi actor
Jayne Baldwin author
Nigel Ball design lecturer
Sue Ball producer
Steven Ball artist, academic
Nadia Ballan sculptor
Alison Ballance artist
Paul Ballard poet WAVE
Ben Ballin theatre / performance in education worker
Debbie Ballin producer/director
Nathalie Banaigs artist
Tom Bancroft musician
Ros Barber writer
Shahidha Bari teacher
Chris Barlas writer/presenter
Phyllida Barlow artist
James Barrett producer
Richard Barrett composer
Neil Bartlett author and director
Jeanie Barton musician
Linda Bassett actor
Max Batty designer
Samirah Baurtally arts marketing
Stephen Bean photographer
Oliver Beck writer, artist
Sarah Beddington artist
Cezary Bednarski architect/designer
Saleha Begum poet
Henry Bell writer
Jono Bell singer songwriter Jono & The Uke Dealers
Emilia Benjamin musician
Ishia Bennison actor
Paul Bennun executive, games and interactive
Dzifa Benson artist
Lina Bentley tutor
John Berger writer, artist and critic
Josephine Berry Slater writer and lecturer
Alessandra Bettolo architect, designer
Kavita Bhanot writer, teacher, editor
Aleksandra Bilic producer
Alice Birch writer
Norman Bissell writer
Brighid Black artist and writer
Joan Blackburn singer, songwriter, musician, event organiser
Bernard Blake musician
Kelvin Bland chartered architect
Nicholas Blincoe writer
Penni Blythe musician
Russell Bolam director
Sean Bonney poet
Leah Borromeo journalist/filmmaker
Bette Bourne actor
Michael Bovo classical guitarist
Charlie Boyer musician
Susan Bradburn agent and promoter
Paul Bradshaw curator / journalist / publisher
Andrea Brady poet, publisher and academic
Michael Bravo singer/songwriter Magic Sufi
Louis Brehony musician Fight Racism! Fight Imperialism!
Lindsay Bremner director of architectural research
Brid Brennan actor
Haim Bresheeth filmmaker
Victoria Brittain writer
Nicholas Broadhurst opera director
Sheena Brobbey digital designer
Scott Bronstein writer
Lez Brotherston designer
Mark Brown theatre / performance critic (scotland)
Ray Brown writer director
John William Brown artist, poet, performer, dramatist
Patricia Bryden former teacher, literature/
Pavel Buchler artist, research professor in art
Niall Buggy actor
Carrie Bulley musician
Jess Burke musician
Mark Burnhope poet
Michael Burns singer song writer, musician, composer
Ellen Burroughs artist, project coordinator, art educator
Jonathan Burrows choreographer
Margaret Busby writer, publisher
Justin Butcher playwright, director & musician
Brad Butler artist
Daniel Bye writer, performer
Patricia Byrne artistic director Sole Purpose Productions
Amelia Bywater artist
Antonia Caccia director
David Calder actor
Colin Callan sound engineer/producer
Carmen Callil publisher & writer
Stuart Calton composer
Ramiro Camelo independent curator
Hazel Cameron writer
Allan Cameron author
Leigh Campbell screenwriter
Ray Campbell comedian, lecturer
Dave Campbell artist
Sophie Carapetian artist
Razanne Carmey writer and director
Hayley Carmichael actor
Ele Carpenter curator
John Carruthers tour manager / events manager
Martin Carter visual artist Lawrence Street Workshops
Anna Carteret actress
Maude Casey writer
Lucy Cash artist/filmmaker
Rob Castro musician
Dean Cavanagh screenwriter
Julia Cazorla practitioner/writer
Jonathan Chadwick director, writer
Lula Chapman artist/illustrator
Tchaik Chassay architect, designer
cris cheek poet
Tarik Cherkaoui music producer/dj
Anna Chetwynd architect
Danny Chivers performance poet
Taghrid Choucair-Vizoso performer
Julie Christie actor
Ian Christie curator & cultural historian
Dominic Christie muralist
Caryl Churchill playwright
Ansell Cizic artist
Ami Clarke artist, facilitator, teacher
David Clinch musician
Jarvis Cocker musician
Norma Cohen actor
Will Coles sculptor
David Collins artist, teacher
Nick Collins filmmaker
Steve Conlan photographer
Kris Connolly artist
Paule Constable lighting designer
Feimatta Conteh theatre / performance sustainability manager
Fraser Cook artist
Dominic Cooke CBE director & playwright
Dee Coombes singer
Eliane Correa composer & pianist
George Costigan actor
Tony Coult teacher and writer
Joseph Coward artist
Paula Cox artist/printmaker
Ailsa Cox writer, lecturer
Donna Coyle artist
Sacha Craddock critic, writer and curator
Jacob Crichlow singer / songwriter
Felix Cross composer, writer, director
Ruth Cross artist Cross Collaborations
Tim Crouch theatre / performancemaker
Greg Cullen playwright/artistic director
Darren Cullen artist Spelling Mistakes Cost Lives
Keira Cullinane photographer
Liam Cunningham actor
Tracey Curtis songwriter
Ryan D’Souza technologist
Selma Dabbagh author
Andreas Daegelow painter, activist
Tariq Dajani photographer
Zeyad Dajani artist
Urszula Dajerling studio manager / visual director
William Dalrymple writer and historian
Dan Dan Blackett musician Landshapes
Jon Daniel designer
Jill Daniels filmmaker
Isa Darby singer, songwriter and author Cynical Renegade (band)
Lauren Dark producer
Colin Darke artist
Michael Darlow writer and retired tv director producer
Paula Darwish vocalist, musician, composer
Jareh Das curatorial
Rana Dasgupta author
Phil Davey author
Emma Davie director
Molly Davies playwright
Sam Davies musician
Ross Kristian Davis musician
April De Angelis playwright
Daniela De Armas artist/musician
Josephine de Kerpel artist
Pia de Keyser actor
Andy De La Tour actor and writer
Teresa De Miguel artist
Hans de Winter artist
Stephanie De-Sykes artist/musician
Barry Dean artist
Tam Dean Burn actor, vocalist, theatre / performancemaker
Janie Dee actor
Daniela Delerci dancer
Pucci Dellanno musician and promoter
Ivor Dembina writer and performer
Shane Dempsey director Fragments
Anne Dennis director, writer
Natalja Derendiajeva theatre / performance administrator, arcola energy
Neil Devlin choir member
Sam Dexter textile artist
Morag Deyes artistic director
Leena Dhingra actor, writer
Elaine di Campo vocalist Ultra Vinyl
Josephine Dickinson poet
Hope Dickson Leach writer / director
Veronica Diesen arts organiser, lecturer and writer in art theory and philosophy.
Stephen Dillane actor
– Dizraeli rapper & musician
Christine Dobbin artist, illustrator
Roy Dodds musician
Elyse Dodgson MBE international theatre / performance director
Audrey Doherty performance artist & fashion designer Casbah Cafe Community Arts & Cultural Events Ltd.
Eoin Donnelly artist
Phil Dooley musician
Noel Douglas artist, designer
Noel Douglas artist, designer, senior lecturer
Corin Douieb dj and producer
Ed Dowie performer/composer
Alison Down writer
Aidan Doyle painter
Laurence Dreyfus chamber musician Phantasm Viol Consort
Carol Drinkwater writer/actress/filmmaker
Han Duijvendak director/producer
Nicholas Duke musician Trojan Horse
Lawrence Duke musician Trojan Horse
Hugh Dunkerley writer
Dempsey Dunkley-Clark artist
Shahnequa Duprey actress
Samantha Dye dancer, teacher, actor
Geoff Dyer writer
Theresa Easton artist
Steven Eastwood artist-filmmaker
Houda Echouafni actor
David Edgar playwright
Essam Edriss artist
Michael Edwards writer & musician LTCC
Corrine Edwards artist
Steve Ehrlicher arts management
Sally El Hosaini filmmaker
Aser El Saqqa curator, producer, arts manager
Suhayla El-Bushra writer
Nancy Elan violinist
Yasmin Elderby film curator and jewellery designer
Kathryn Elkin artist
Inua Ellams artist
Lucy Ellinson actor and theatre / performancemaker
Esther Ruth Elliott actor
Samuel Ellis designer
Hannah Ellul artist
Brian Eno composer
Kodwo Eshun artist The Otolith Group
Samir Eskanda musician
Julian Evans writer
Gareth Evans producer, curator
Amina Evans writer
Bernardine Evaristo writer
Gavin Everall editor, publisher, writer
Allan Ewart artist, screenwriter, music producer
Tom Faire architect Thomas Faire Architects
Isabelle Farah actor
Gareth Farmer teacher
Saeed Taji Farouky director
Angus Farquhar public art, creative director
Marcia Farquhar artist
John Fay writer
Vicky Featherstone artistic director
Yasmin Fedda filmmaker, programmer Highlight Arts
Stella Feehily playwright
Mark Fell artist
Sylvia Ferreira dance artist
Matt ffytche teacher
Sharlaine Fincham arts co-ordinator, teacher
Deborah Findlay actor
Deborah Fink soprano & singing teacher
Sylvia Finzi artist
Annie Firbank actor
Allen Fisher poet and artist
Jean Fisher artist, writer
Rob Flanagan drummer
Christina Fletcher artist
Poppy Flint designer
James Floyd actor
Aminatta Forna writer
William Fowler curator
Naomi Foyle writer
Sarah Frankcom artistic director
John Frankland artist
Sylvie Franquet designer, writer, artist
Olivia Fraser artist
Jane Frere artist
Anna Furse artistic director, athletes of the heart
fermot fynn musician
Penny Gaff artist
Niki Gandy lecturer
Sandra Garbutt choral singer
Francesca Gardiner writer
Nina-Marie Gardner writer
Lynn Gaspard publisher
Dick Gaughan musician
Yolanta Gawlik artist
Carlo Gébler writer
Maggie Gee novelist
Abla George actor
Saadeh George artist
Phil Gerrard actor
Tina Gharavi film director / screenwriter Bridge + Tunnel
Alan Gibbons author
Bob Giles architect, forrmer vice president of riba
Nick Gill playwright and musician
Joy Gilleard artist
Julian Gillespie artist
John Gillet actor, director, teacher, writer
Tracy Gillman artist
Harry Gilonis poet
Murat Gokmen documentary filmmaker
Pauline Goldsmith actor, writer, director, comedian
Sally Goldsmith poet, song and script writer
Jonas Golland composer, drummer
Jake Goode performer/actor/workshop leader Other Half Productions
Mel Gooding writer, curator and critic
Francis Gooding writer
Mary Gordon-Smith artist
Daniel Gorman musician
Richard Gott writer, historian
Orlando Gough composer
Stephen Gouldin sculpture
Tony Graham director
John Graham Davies actor and writer
Paula Stanley Grainger painter
Ellen Graubart painter
Tony Green writer
Bonnie Greer playwright, author
Dan Gregory actor
Mark Gregory collector, working songs and poems
Isabel Griffin project manager/artist
Cameron Griffiths musician, performer
Trevor Griffiths playwright
Patrizia Grilli visual artist
Roz Grimshaw teacher
Rebecca Gross composer/singer/community musician
Duncan Gunn architect
Karin Gunnarsson artist
Rahila Gupta writer
Julius Guzy painter
Saleem Haddad author
Mark Haddon author
Tala Hadid writer/director
Hans Haenlein architect
Salim Haidrani author and teacher
Matthew Hamilton literary agent
Omar Robert Hamilton filmmaker
Nathan Hamilton poet and publisher
Nicky Hamlyn artist, lecturer, writer
Kit Hammonds independent curator, senior tutor contemporary art
Robert Hampson professor and poet
William Hanna author
Sandy Harb dj
Rob Harding sculptor
Jeremy Hardy comedian
Laura Harling actress
Sue Harris member of community choir
Barbara Harrison director
Lee Harrison musician
Judith Harry executive director Site Gallery
David Harsent poet
Douglas Hart director
Joshua Hart artist, gallery director
Graham Hastings vocal / production Young Fathers
Mona Hatoum artist
Andrew Hawkins actor/director
David Hawkins visual artist
Mark Haworth-Booth writer
Abe Hayeem architect Architects and Planners for Justice in Palestine
David Hayman actor, director
Danny Hayward writer
Jordan Hayward sound engineer
John Haywood promoter
Malcolm Hecks architect
John Heffernan actor
George Hencken filmmaker
Louis Henderson filmmaker
Janet Henfrey actor
Matthew Herbert musician Accidental Records
Nick Hern publisher
Seán Hewitt poet
Joan Hewitt poet, theatre / performance event organiser, ne people’s assembly
Melvyn Higson guitarist/ukulelist
Laurel Hill producer
Mischa Hiller writer
Nigel Hilton designer/maker
Bhavesh Hindocha film maker Loud Minority
Sam Hoare actor/writer
Wieland Hoban composer —
Peter Hobday actor
John Hodge architecture, artist and filmmaker
Mike Hodges film director
James Holcombe artist technician no.w.here
Rick Holland poet
Rachel Holmes writer
Doug Holton theatre / performancemaker
Lizzie Homersham writer
Gordon Hon artist, writer.
Adrian Hornsby writer
Jacqueline Horswill visual artist
Ian Hough musician
Liam Hourican comedian
Lucille Howe actor & author
Bill Hoyland actor
Daniel Hubbard casting director
Leon Samson Hudson artist
Richard Hughes graffiti artist, web and graphic design
Patrick Hughes artist
Paula Hughes edit assistant
Natalie Hughes writer
Kieran Hurley playwright and theatre / performance maker
Nesreen Hussein lecturer, performance maker
Waris Hussein film, television & theatre / performance director
Richard Hutchinson sound engineer
Amanda Huxtable director
Sarah Hymas poet
Riccardo Iacono artist
Ashley Inglis screenwriter
Alessio Ippolito musician
Sarah Irving writer, translator
Rose Issa curator, producer and writer
Gemma Jackson production designer
Vanessa Jackson artist and lecturer
Nick Jackson musician
David Jacques artist David Jacques
Peter Jaeger poet
Abu Jafar visual artist Abujafar Ltd
Clemmie James project co-ordinator
Paul Jamrozy artist Jamedia
Velika Janceva artist
Stephen Jeffreys playwright
Sarah Jewell choir leader, composer Songlines Choir
Rosko John vocalist/producer/dj
Darren Johns singer, guitarist, songwriter Crazy Arm
Deniz Johns filmmaker
Val Johnson singer
Robb Johnson songwriter
Joan Johnston writer, teacher
Chris Johnston director Fluxx
Leslie Johnstone artist
Vivien Jones writer & early musician
Chris Jones dj / music producer
Cliff Jones writer
Tim Jones artist
Isabel Jones artistic director
Anita Jones art facilitator
Trevor Jones composer
Catrin Jones artist
Ann Jungman witer
Remi Kabaka consultant
Sohan Kailey dancer
Rita Kalnejais writer
Dafni Kalokairinou photographer
Asif Kapadia writer/director
Rachel Karafistan actor, director COSmino
Amalia Karlsson author
Simon Katan artist, academic
Richard Katz actor
Miriam Kavana musician
Jackie Kay writer
Gary Kaye musician
John Keane artist
Brigid Keenan author
Patrick Keiller artist
Reem Kelani musician and film / television / broadcaster
Dee Kelly musician
Mark Kelly writer & performer
Tricia Kelly actor
Dennis Kelly playwright
Mary Kelly teacher
Alex Kelly artist
Mercedes Kemp writer/theatre / performance maker
Peter Kennard artist
Mary Kennedy song leader
Caroline Kennedy author
Anthea Kennedy artist/filmmaker
Francis Kennedy actor
Frank Kennedy performer A Date With Dickens
Mel Kenyon literary agent
Margareta Kern artist
Sandra Kerr artist
Steve Kettley saxophonist / composer
Hannah Khalil writer
Mimi Khalvati writer
Shahid Khan producer (naughty boy)
Yasmin Khan curator
Shama Khanna curator
Bharti Kher visual artist
Richard Kilgour artist
Michael Kindellan researcher, teacher
Ucef Knight artist
Judith Knight producer
Mark Knoop pianist and conductor
Steve Komarnyckyj translator and poet
Peter Kosminsky writer/director Stonehenge Films
Ash Kotak writer / curator Palestinian Arts Festival
Kristen Kreider poet & architect Kreider + O’Leary
Frances Kruk artist
Hari Kunzru writer
Mary Kuper illustrator
Chris Lafferty musician
Martina Laird actor
Desmond Lambert musician Some Velvet Morning
Bob Lamoon visual story-teller
Clare Lane teacher and artist
David Lang musician
David Lang musician
Diane Langford novelist
Kal Lavelle musician
Paul Laverty scriptwriter
Pamela Lawton ceramic artist
Alisa Lebow filmmaker
Suzy Lee film student
Linda Lee community choir leader
Nadjib Lefleurier sculptor
Malcolm Legrice film and video artist
Mike Leigh writer, director
Vincent Leleux artist
Emma Lennox writer
Tom Leonard poet
Lucy Lepchani poet, writer
Les Levidow violinist in ensembles
Deborah Levy writer
Louise Lewarne filmmaker
Sylvia Libedinsky architect and designer
Robin Licker musician The Restarts
Daniel Light lighting technician
Sonja Linden playwright
Dominic Lindesay-Bethune producer
Francesca Lisette poet
Pippa Little poet
Phyllida Lloyd director
Ken Loach director
Liz Lochhead playwright, and national poet of scotland
Alistair Logan clarinettist
Kiko loiacono tour manager dr kiko tours ltd
Viviana Lombardi actress, director, author
Amber Lone writer
Kim Longinotto filmmaker
Lynn Loo artist
Gerry Loose poet
D. Wayne Love musician Alabama 3
Adam Lowe writer, publisher, performer
Lesley Luckin singer
Ed Luker poet
Ben Lunn composer, conductor and musicologist
Victoria Lupton producer and curator
Omar Lyefook musician
Alexis Lykiard author (poet, novelist, translator)
John Lynch musician
Chloe Lynch musician, sound engineer
David Mabb artist
Grant Macdonald designer
James MacDonald director
Hettie Macdonald director
Sheree Mack writer
James Mackay producer & curator
Chris Mackin musician
Rohan Madison artist
Lee Maelzer artist
William Mahfoud music producer
Sabrina Mahfouz writer
Abid Mahi filmmaker/actor
Jamal Mahjoub author
Linda Maitland manager
Maitreyabandhu poet
John Maizels editor
Sulaiman Majali artist
Vincent Makowski graffiti writer, artist, graphic designer
Bob Malston artist
Bidisha SK Mamata journalist, film / television / broadcaster and author
Nina Mangalanayagam artist
Guy Mannes-Abbott writer
Jane Manning artist/academic
Miriam Margolyes actress
Jehane Markham poet
Kika Markham actor, writer
Ami Marsden sculptor
Katharine Marshall musician
John Marshall artist
Helen Marten artist
Tim Martin designer/lecturer
Sian Martin actor, writer
Angela Martin editor, filmmaker, ex-teacher
Andrea Mason actor
Ahmed Masoud artist, director, writer Al Zaytouna Dance Theatre / Performance
Nariman Massoumi filmmaker and academic
Cherie Matrix bellydancer
Mira Mattar writer
D W Mault filmmaker
Sophie Mayer writer
Julian Maynard Smith director Station House Opera
Judy Mazonowicz community artist, tutor
Andrew McAvoy architect
Simon McBurney actor, director, writer, theatre / performancemaker
Julie McCalden artist
Mike McCarthy producer Lakin McCarthy Entertainment Ltd
Annie McCartney playwright
Fred McCormick singer, songwriter, author
Sarah McDade artist, ceramics
David McDonald poet, writer, music producer, events manager
Beth McDonough poet
Elizabeth McDowall writer
David McDowall writer
Amanda McDowell artist
Jimmy McGovern writer
Teresa McGowan writer
Jon McGregor writer
Kathleen McKay writer, teacher
Paul McKee visual artist
Tom McKennan singer/songwriter
Beverley McKeown musician
Hilaire McLeish writer
Ewan McLennan folk singer
Caitlin McLeod theatre / performance director
Hilton McRae artist
Pauline Melville writer
Qalandar Memon editor Naked Punch Review
Noe Mendelle producer Scottish Documentary Institute
Peter Mennim artist
David Mercatali director
James Merry assistant
Iain Michael theatre / performance technician
Roger Michell theatre / performance, tv and film director
China Miéville writer
Chris Miley sound engineer Strange Reality Music Productions
Sam Millar author
Jonathan Miller director
Robert Miller technician
Russell Mills artist
Anthony Mills theatre / performance technician
Karen Mirza artist No-w-here
Mitch Mitchell bass player, vocalist The Wild Angels
Toby Mitchell writer/director
Giuliano Modarelli musician, composer Kefaya
Carel Moiseiwitsch visual artist
Lawrence Molloy artist, arts technician, event organiser The Superposition
Nina Moniri actor
Grazyna Monvid actor, writer, director
Robert Moon visual artist
Stephen Mooney poet and teacher
Mary Moore set and costume designer
Hubert Moore
Celt Islam Moore musician, artist, cultural director association of british muslims Celt Islam
Christopher Morahan, CBE director and executive producer
Aron Morel publisher Morel Books
Ray Morgan painter.
Jenny Morgan director
Carol Morley director
Sara Moroza-James writer
Fiona Morris executive producer
Darrell Morris photographer
Richard Morris actor/author/playwright
Alan Morrison poet, writer
Michael Mould performer/director
Laura Mulvey writer, filmmaker
Peter Mumford lighting designer
Jonathan Munby director
Gareth Murphy actor, director, writer
Lora Murphy artist , theatre / performance design
Sai Murray poet, designer, facilitator
John Murray architect
Caroline Murtagh painter
Haldun Musazlioglu comedian
Linda Mutawi producer
Larion Myakicheff artist
Tom Mycock musician the Splitters
Simon Mylius director Feeding the Fish
Daniel Naddafy actor
Rayna Nadeem filmmaker
Nadia Nadif actor, producer
Sara Naim artist
Paddy Nash musician
Orson Nava director
Pablo Navarette journalist, filmmaker
Leyla Nazli executive producer
Anthony Neilson writer/director
Helena Nelson publisher and poet HappenStance Press
Daniel Neofetou writer & editor
Esther Neslen artist
Judy Neunuebel artist
Patrick Neville actor Dialogue Productions
Courttia Newland writer
Kriss Nichol author and drummer Booktown Writers
Marilyn Nicholson painter
Janie Nicoll artist
Matthew Noel-Tod artist, filmmaker
David Owen Norris musician
Christopher Norris philosopher, poet, lecturer, singer (cor cochion caerdydd)
Barney Norris writer
Lizzie Nunnery playwright, song writer, singer
Dr Joseph O’ Neill artist
Rebecca O’Brien producer
Treasa O’Brien film director
Shivaun O’Casey director of the sean o’casey estate
Francis O’Connor theatre / performance designer
Joseph O’Neill artist
Andrew O’Hagan writer
Kirsty Ogg director
Earl Okin musician
Janice Okoh playwright
Abby Oliveiraz writer/performer
Caleb Oluwafemi poet
Gill Ord artist
Uriel Orlow artist, academic
Sean Orr artist
Sharon Dodua Otoo writer & editor
April Owens artist Pebble Design
Ian Pace pianist
Maysoon Pachachi filmmaker
Jeremy Page writer, teacher
Georgina Paget producer
Tom Paine filmmaker
Maria Palacios Cruz curator & lecturer
Eddie Palladio set artist, writer & guitarist
Claire Palmer artist/editor International Times Magazine
Kate Parkin publisher
Robin Parmar composer
Pratibha Parmar film writer & director
Alun Parry singer and songwriter
Rebecca Patenon writer
Harry Paterson author and journalist
Andy Patterson musician, songwriter, engineer
Maxine Peake actor
Eve Pearce artist
Jason Pearce artist
Eve Pearce actor
Edgar Peltenburg art historian
Alexander Penley solicitor for artists Penley Global Law
Miranda Pennell artist/filmmaker
Follett Pennell musician
Laurie Penny author
Ian Pepper artist
Jeff Perks artist and filmmaker
Holly Pester artist
Jeremy Peyton Jones composer, artistic director regular music ii
Annie Pfingst artist
Annie Pfingst artist
Steve Philbey visual artist – subvertiser
Christine Physick artist
Andy Picci painter, video maker, musician, actor, writer
Francisca Picon actor
Winsome Pinnock writer
Scoobius Pip musician
Nancy Platt docmentary director, teacher
Alison Playford actor and writer
Vanda Playford artist and doctor
Olivia Plender artist
John Pole songwriter
Alison Poltock arts director
Ben Ponton musician, composer :zoviet*france:
Erika Poole artist
Tabitha Pope architect
Olumide Popoola author
Daniel Potter musician
Tim Pottier orchestrator
Steve Pottinger poet
Jimmy Powdrell Campbell writer and composer
Audrey Powell music festival organiser
Jeremy Poynting editor and publisher Peepal Tree Press
Lucy Prebble writer
Richard Price writer
Judy Price artist
Iris Priest artist, artist’s assistant, essayist
Sunil Puri drama teacher
Clare Quinn theatre / performancemaker
Aun Qurashi architect
William Raban artist-filmmaker
Virginia Radcliffe artistic director, playwright
Michael Radford film director and screenwriter
Maha Rahwanji presenter
Gabi Rajchel dancer & tutor
Ravinder Randhawa author
Mark Ravenhill playwright
Tom Raworth poet, graphic artist
Carmen Rayavargas painter
Eddi Reader MBE singer/songwriter/musician
Siobhan Redmond actor
Sian Rees performer
John Rees writer, film / television / broadcaster
Natasha Rees artist, writer
Chris Reeves camera/sound/editing/directing Platform Films
Petra Regent printmaker and photograher
Lynne Reid Banks children’s novelist
Hugh Reilly author
Christian Reilly musical comedian
Lotte Reimer chorister
Dave Rendle poet
Ali Rhind artist
Patricia Richards chorister
Sam Richards musician and teacher
Guy Richardson composer
Ian Rickson director
Keith Ridgway writer
Keith Ridgway writer
Robin Rimbaud composer
Bill Risebero teacher. writer, actor
Alison Ritchie production manager
Ben Rivers theatre / performance director
Ben Rivers artist/filmmaker
Philip Roberts drama teacher
Douglas Robertson photographer
Eliza Robertson writer
Crispin Robinson musician, teacher
Pablo Robledo documentary-maker, cultural writer
Jenny Rodwell artist
Nick Rogers writer
Barnaby Rogerson writer & publisher
Jacqueline Rose writer
Alison Rose teacher
Steve Rose project manager, record label Secretly Canadian
Michael Rosen writer, professor
Leon Rosselson songwriter/children’s author
Jane Rossiter-Smith writer
Lee Rourke novelist
Paul Rowan musician
Hazel Roy theatre / performance director Artists for peace
Tara Rudder musician The Free Spirits
David Rushmer writer
Fiona Russell writer
Janet Russell singer, performer, teacher
Mark Rylance actor
Anjalika Sagar artist The Otolith Group
Yara Salahiddeen singer
Minna Salami writer, blogger, african popular culture
John Salway singer, actor, writer
Kareem Samara artist, musician
Andrew Sames artist, ceramisist, teacher/technician
Joel Samuels actor, playwright
Kevin Sanders sound artist
Leila Sansour filmmaker
Donald Sassoon professor of history (emeritus), writer
Stephanie Saulter writer
Dominic Saunders pianist
Camilla Saunders musician, composer
Ian Saville performer
Alexei Sayle comedian, author, actor
Prunella Scales actor/director
Alke Schmidt artist
Stanley Schtinter filmmaker, curator
Grace Schwindt artist
Mary Scott choir member
Julia Scott artist Glasgow Open Dance School (G.O.D.S)
Matt Scott composer
Jennie Scott artist
Matthew Scott editor The London Magazine
Jim Scott poet, author
Pauline Scutt visual artist
Helen Sear artist
Peggy Seeger musician, teacher
Colin Sell artist, composer, teacher
Seni Seneviratne poet
Kadija Sesay (George) publisher and writer
Sara Shaarawi playwright
Nabil Shaban actor, editor, author, film maker, artist
Julie Shackson artist
Mim Shaikh film / television / broadcast presenter
Khaldoun Shami filmmaker & lecturer
Kamila Shamsie writer
Roger Shanahan interior designer
Yasmin Shariff architect DSA
Farhana Sheikh writer
Anna Sherbany artist
Rachael Sherbourne digital artist 80 Stepney road
Anouche Sherman poet, multimedia artist
Guy Sherwin film artist/performer and teacher
Adrian Sherwood producer Onu Sound records limited
Eryl Shields writer
Kevin Shimwell actor
John Shrapnel actor
Christopher Shutt sound designer
Sigmatron dj/sound creator
Corinne Silva artist
Cate Simmons artist
Vannessa Simon singer/songwriter
Andy Simons musician, archivist
Nicky Singer writer
Tanya Singh writer, artist
Eyal Sivan filmmaker
Pam Skelton artist
Poppie Skold filmmaker
Gillian Slovo writer
Alicia Smedberg writer
Les Smith playwright
Calum Smith musician Calum Smith
Mick Smith musician, playwright, producer.
Michael Smith artist
John Smith artist filmmaker
Bob and Roberta Smith artist
Amy Smith artist
Cherry Smyth writer
Deniz Soezen artist
Samuel Solomon poet/critic
Chris Somes-Charlton artist manager
Gabriel Sotiry musician, sound engineer
Ahdaf Soueif writer
Abbie Spallen playwright
Ian Spink choreographer, director
Patrick Staff artist/choreographer
Max Stafford-Clark theatre / performance director
Siobhan Stamp teacher
Michael Start artist and craftsman The House of Automata
Danny Stead musician
Maggie Steed actor
Val Stein singer/songwriter
Amanda Stekly production designer
Polly Stenham playwright
Simon Stephens playwright
Gary Stevens artist
Liz Stirling artist
Jennie Stoller actor
Susannah Stone historical researcher/archivist
Degna Stone poet
Del Strain comedian-writer-film / television / broadcaster Del Strain Comedy
Em Strang poet & teacher
Jack Strange artist
Sarah Streatfeild violin
Paul Stroud composer
Dacia Stroud sculpture
Jenni Stuart-Anderson designer/maker
Alia Syed artist/filmmaker
Soraya Syed Sanders lettering artist
Mitra Tabrizian artist
Rebecca Tamas poet UEA
Stefan Tarnowski writer and curator
Julia Taudevin actor and playwright
Olly Taylor designer
Emilia Teglia artistic director Odd Eyes Theatre / Performance
Kate Tempest musician/poet
Julien Temple film director
Subash Thebe artist Central Saint Martins UAL
Cyril Thomas production manager
Mark Thomas comic, writer, political activist
Chris Thomas director
Patrick Thomas musician
Norma Thompson community arts development
Carolyn Thompson painter/drawer
Cathie Thomson agent
David Thorpe actor
Steve Tiller artistic director OperaMachine
Maija Timonen artist, writer
Cara Tolmie artist / musician
Nikki Tomlinson artist and artists’ advisor & producer
Di Trevis director
Cressida Trew filmmaker
Shelby Tucker author
Sarah Turner director of research, curriculum lead, fine art School of Music and Fine Art, University of Kent
Richard Twyman theatre / performance director
Jo Tyabji theatre / performance maker
Simon Tyszko artist/film / television / broadcaster theculture
Kate Unwin designer
Marion Urch author
Sheila Urquhart choir member
Esteban Uyarra director-editor
Pauline van Mourik Broekman editor, artist
Ryan Van Winkle poet
Gabriel Varghese director & academic
Francesca Viceconti artist
Maria Vigar writer
Roxana Vilk artist
Cat Villiers filmmaker
Marina Vishmidt writer and lecturer
Laura Wade playwright
James Wafer designer
Mirza Waheed writer
Gail Waldman architect (retired)
Naomi Wallace playwright
Harriet Walter actor
Christian Wangler retired sound recordist, documentary filmmaker
David Ward composer
Cathy Ward artist
Marina Warner writer
Ali Warner singer & voiceworker
Mark Warren sound designer
Roger Waters musician
Paul Watson documentary director, writer, artist, teacher
Jem Watts performer
Paul Wearing ceramicist
Mandy Webb artist
Jeremy Welsh artist
Samuel West actor and director
Timothy West actor and director
Hilary Westlake director
Boff Whalley guitarist, singer, author
Ruth Wharton printmaker
Ben White writer and journalist
Rhiannon White director Common Wealth
Tony White writer
Andy Whitehouse promoter and musician
Katy Whittle cellist
Ian Wiblin photographer, artist film-maker
Lillian Wilkie artist, teacher
Stephen Willey poet
Roy Williams artist
Melanie Williams artist & teacher
David Williams artist
Dmarcus Williams editor
Eilidh Wilson artist
Esther Wilson writer
Annalie Wilson artist
Mark Winn teacher
Devra Wiseman artist
Nathan Witt artist
Paul Wolinski musician 65daysofstatic
River Wolton writer
Matthew Wood musician Telegram
Vincent Woodcock tutor, cartoonist, animator.
Penny Woolcock writer/director
Susan Wooldridge actor and writer
Ben Woolford producer
Earnest Worthing writer
Andy Worthington author, journalist
Simon Worthington editor
Terry Wragg director
Nicholas Wright playwright
Alexa Wright artist
Fife Writes arts promoter Fife Writes
Robert Wyatt artist
Michael Wynne playwright
Carolyn Yates literature development and writer
Jeff Young writer
Reynaldo Young composer, teacher
Emily Young artist
Somaye Zadeh singer/musician
Valentina Zagaria director, writer Theatre / Performance Senza
Matthew Zajac actor, writer
Rehana Zaman artist
Sameena Zehra comedian, storyteller
Mona Zeidan community musician
Benjamin Zephaniah poet, novelist, musician
Rafeef Ziadah performance poet
Andrea Zimmerman artist
Silvia Ziranek artist

I don’t know whether the JCCV or ZFA or Mizrachi consider him as bad as Moshe Feiglin, but I’d hope that anyone and everyone boycott this person. He was listed in a letter to the Guardian supporting the boycotting of Israeli goods from Yehuda and Shomron (otherwise known as the BDS campaign).

I had never heard of him but this is what wikipedia tells us although wikipedia notes it contains information from someone close to Sivan. Maybe he self-promoted himself?

This parliamentarian is right on the money

I like her straight views. Having witnessed many protests around RMIT for BDS, I can tell you it is the same motley bunch of unwashed socialists who actually know close to NOTHING about the middle east. When I’ve engaged them in discussion, apart from their yelling, they actually can’t answer a single sensible question. It’s plain old anti-Semitism driving them. Of course, they are accompanied by some locals of another faith and many of them are just extremists under watch.

This snippet is from Yediot

Shaked: BDS is anti-Semitism under new guide

The Knesset held a special session Wednesday about the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) campaign against Israel after the UK’s National Union of Students voted in favor of joining the movement.

“This is anti-Semitism under new guise with the same symptoms,” said Justice Minister Ayelet Shaked. Shaked’s speech was accompanied by a lot of vocal comments from the other MKs. “There is a de-legitimization campaign against Israel happening right now. These are ephemeral organizations and we need to stop cooperating with them and cut ties, have them pay for their boycotts,” Shaked said.

She then turned to members of the opposition saying, “Open your eyes and ears. In 2012, the UN General Assembly approved 22 resolutions against Israel compared to four against the rest of the world countries. This is a campaign of lies and threats and you (Meretz MKs) were standing at the podium reading quotes from Breaking the Silence, an organization which is slandering Israel and damaging it.”

Shaked speaking at the Knesset.Shaked speaking at the Knesset.

“Today, it’s ‘super in’ to be anti-Israel,” she continued. “If someone thinks withdrawals will help, they are wrong. The biggest diplomatic attacks against the State of Israel were all done because of Israel’s operations in Gaza, from which we withdrew until the last centimeter. Are we also occupiers in the Negev? Israel’s boycotts seek to erase the State of Israel, not divide it.” Minister Ofir Akunis took the podium next, aiming his attack at Meretz Chairwoman Zehava Galon. “The most contemptible acts in human history started with boycotts against the Jews,” he said. Galon responded with, “You think you can stand there and preach us and we will remain quiet? Come to 2015 already.”

“We cannot bear this victimization policy of yours, Ministers Shaked and Akunis,” Galon said. “Calm down, because those who work in the service of this boycott are members of the Netanyahu government. They are those who impose separation on buses and release videos of Arabs ‘going in droves’ (to the polls) and claims Arabs are playing games. You will have to decide: Either settlements or international legitimacy.

Achinoam Nini: a good singer but naive and simple

With the world sponsoring BDS campaigns and the like, where there are attempts to dilegitemise anyone with a bent that implies that they are pro Yehuda and Shomron, it was a really childish but dangerous act that Achinoam Nini refused to accept an award because another award was to someone with views on the opposite spectrum.

By doing this she gains only one thing: notoriety. If she thinks that she will sell more tracks as a result of this act, she is mistaken.

The only thing her act will achieve is to display that the left is militaristic and anti-democracy and does not respect the State. Perhaps she is a Marxist in disguise, but she’s completely lost me.

Read about it here

The good work of Rabbis is often invisible

The reality is that newspapers and reporters are seemingly more likely to report and aggrandise horror stories and mistakes than they are to report excellent outcomes and outstanding effort, especially when it comes to Orthodox Rabbinic work. Sure, if a philanthropist donates money, they will report that as a big story with a nice picture spread. You won’t, however, find the headline on the front cover

“Reform rabbi speaks in favour of the anti-zionist BDS-supporting AJDS”

The “passionate” support of the Reform rabbi happened. It was mentioned in an article about the meeting of the ECAJ. I’d suggest such a view and display of passion has bigger ramifications for the reform movement and the opinion of many Jews than a Zablo that was screwed up and set aside by a NSW court. We should have had a transcript of what she had said.

As Rabbis Ullman and Moshe Gutnick noted in their letters to the Australian Jewish News, the focus on positive work and outcomes of Orthodox Rabbis seems to occupy no space in the AJN.

I wonder how the left-wing, and Limmud Oz supporters would react if it was suggested that they invite the following Neturei Karta people to speak about why we should be appeasing Ahmadinajad and dismantle the State in favour of Palestinian Arabs. After all, it’s all about tolerance, diversity and giving everyone a fair go to express their views?

No, Limmud Oz wouldn’t ever invite Neturei Karta, even remotely by video conference. Why not? I wonder if the AJDS would support them being invited? I imagine they would. After all, democracy is their religion. And yet, Limmud Oz invited Slezak! I don’t see much difference. In retrospect, there is a significant difference. Slezak is taken more seriously, especially by the young and green, and the young and green are mainly behind Limmud Oz.

People like Jeremy Stowe-Lindner, principal of Bialik College in Melbourne, writing in an article in the Australian Jewish News that amounts to a whitewash of a serious error by Limmud Oz in inviting Slezak, should now support Neturei Karta using his own arguments. Would Stowe-Lindner also use an error of inviting Neturei Karta to promote his agenda of sidelining denominational issues to the category of personally baked pareve cheese cake?

I know of recent cases where the Victorian Rabbinate, through the Beth Din, have solved very serious and long running cases of recalcitrant husbands not giving a Get. Was that a front page story? Heck, no.

It’s also the Rabbinate’s fault. They need a PR person in this day and age. In addition, they should have supplied statistics about the number of mediations they have overseen over the last few years which have been successful and not been challenged and compare those with  secular mediations and arbitrations that have been challenged.

No, you won’t see any of this in our Australian Jewish News. They are in the business of selling papers, and horror stories especially about Orthodoxy are better.

[AJDS really should rename themselves ADJS because I struggle to find Judaism in their politics. Left-wing democracy would seem to be their religion.]

It’s official: thanks to Stephen Hawking’s Israel boycott, anti-Semitism is no more. The Independent

The following [hat tip Anton] is from the independent by Howard Jacobson.

Gather round, everybody. I bear important news. Anti-Semitism no longer exists! Ring out, ye bells, the longest hatred has ceased to be. It’s kaput, kicked the bucket, shuffled off its mortal coil, joined the bleedin’ choir invisible. It’s a stiff, ladies and gentlemen. An EX-PREJUDICE!

I first heard the news in a motion passed by the University and College Union declaring that criticism of Israel can “never” be anti-Semitic which, if “never” means “never”, is a guarantee that Jew-hating is over, because … Well, because it’s impossible to believe that an active anti-Semite wouldn’t – if only opportunistically – seek out somewhere to nestle in the manifold pleats of Israel-bashing, whether in generally diffuse anti-Zionism, or in more specific Boycott and Divestment Campaigns, Israeli Apartheid Weeks, End the Occupation movements and the like. Of course, you don’t have to hate Jews to hate Israel, but tell me that not a single Jew-hater finds the activity congenial, that criticising Israel can “never” be an expression of Jew-hating, not even when it takes the form of accusing Israeli soldiers of harvesting organs, then it follows that there’s no Jew-hating left.

These tidings would seem to be confirmed by Judge Anthony Snelson who, investigating a complaint that the Union was institutionally anti-Semitic, encountered not a trace of any such beast, no suggestion it had lurked or was lurking, not the faintest rustle of its cerements, not so much as a frozen shadow on a wall. Indeed, so squeaky-clean was the union in all its anti-Israel motions and redefinitions of anti-Semitism to suit itself, that Judge Snelson berated the Jewish complainants, a) for wasting his time with evidence, b) for irresponsibly raiding the public purse, and c) for trying to silence debate, which is, of course, the rightful province of the Boycott and Divestment movement.

It was this same Judge Snelson, reader, who ruled in favour of a Muslim woman claiming the cocktail dress she was expected to wear, while working as a cocktail waitress in Mayfair, “violated her dignity”. Not for him the cheap shot of wondering what in that case she was doing working as a cocktail waitress in a cocktail bar in Mayfair. If she felt she was working in a “hostile environment”, then she was working in a “hostile environment”, which is not to be confused with a Jew feeling he is working in a hostile environment since with the abolition of anti-Semitism there is no such thing as an environment that’s hostile to a Jew. My point being that Judge Snelson’s credentials as a man who knows a bigot from a barmcake are impeccable.

And now, with Stephen Hawking announcing, by means of an Israeli-made device, that he no longer wants to talk to the scientists who invented it, or to Israeli scientists who invented or might invent anything else, or indeed to Israeli historians, critics, biologists, physicists of any complexion, no matter what their relations to Palestinian scholars whom he does want to talk to, we are reminded that the cultural boycott with which he has suddenly decided to throw in his lot is entirely unJew-related, which is more good news. “Peace”, that is all Professor Hawking seeks, a word that was left out of his statement as reproduced on the Palestine Solidarity Campaign website, presumably on the grounds that everyone already knows that peace is all the PSC has ever wanted too.

To those who ask why Israel alone of all offending countries is to be boycotted, the answer comes back loud and clear from boycotters that because they cannot change the whole world, that is no reason not to try to change some small part of it, in this case the part where they feel they have the most chance of success, which also just happens to be the part that’s Jewish. That this is, in fact, a “back-handed compliment” to Jews, John MacGabhann, general secretary of the pro-boycott Teachers’ Union of Ireland, made clear when he talked of “expecting more of the Israeli government, precisely because we would anticipate that Israeli governments would act in all instances and ways to better uphold the rights of other”, which implies that he expects less of other governments, and does not anticipate them to act in all instances and ways better to uphold the rights of others. And why? He can only mean, reader, because those other governments are not Jewish.

I’d call this implicit racism if I were a citizen of those circumambient Muslim countries that aren’t being boycotted – a tacit assumption that nothing can ever be done, say, about the persecution of women, the bombing of minorities, discrimination against Christians, the hanging of adulterers and homosexuals, and so on, because such things are intrinsic to their cultures – but at least now that we have got rid of anti-Semitism, tackling Islamophobia should not be slow to follow.

It’s heartening, anyway, after so many years of hearing Israel described as intractable and pitiless, to learn that activists feel it’s worth pushing at Israel’s door because there is a good chance of its giving way. It’s further proof of our new abrogation of anti-Semitism that we should now see Israel as a soft touch, the one country in the world which, despite its annihilationist ambitions, will feel the pain when actors, musicians, and secretaries of Irish Teachers’ Unions stop exchanging views with it. All we need to do now is recognise that those who would isolate Israel, silence it and maybe even persuade it to accept its own illegitimacy intend nothing more by it than love.

Can the day be far away when Israel no longer exists, when the remaining rights-upholding, peace-loving countries of the region come together in tolerance and amity, and it won’t even be necessary to speak of anti-Semitism’s demise because we will have forgotten it ever existed? That’s when Jews will know they’re finally safe. Ring out, ye bells!

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