The Blockheads are outraged at the ruling by Islington Council


The Blockheads were approached yesterday by the Jewish News newspaper in regard to the recent outrageous Islington Council’s decision to ban me from playing with the band this Friday because one right wing pro Israeli campaigner threatened that he may give his ticket away if I am on stage.

Following is Mick Gallagher’s statement for and on behalf of THE BLOCKHEADS:

“The Blockheads have performed over 1000 shows with Gilad and have NEVER been a threat to  anyone.......WE ARE ENTERTAINERS!”

“The Blockheads have performed over 1000 shows with Gilad and have NEVER been a threat to
anyone.......WE ARE ENTERTAINERS!”

The Blockheads are outraged at the ruling by Islington Council to ban 
Gilad Atzmon from appearing with the band on 21st December at Islington 
Assembly Hall.

We were contacted by our agent last Tuesday who told us that Islington 
Council would cancel the show if we insisted on Gilad playing with the 
band.

This, apparently, was in response to a complaint they had received from 
someone posing as an 'Avid Blockhead fan' who objected to Gilad's 
presence on stage with us because of his political views and rhetoric. 
Branding him an anti Semite!

Gilad has never been accused or charged of 'hate crime' by any formal 
body.

The musicians Gilad plays with are all multi cultural (including Jewish 
musicians) and he is highly rated and an integral member of THE 
BLOCKHEADS.

GILAD PLAYS THE SAXOPHONE!

They said we would be in violation of 2 clauses (50 & 51) in their 
agreement for the renting of the hall.

Clause 50
You must not ,in connection with any live event use, provide or display 
any material whether written or spoken, or allow behaviour that 
constitutes direct or indirect discrimination or harassment, 
victimisation of, vilification of, any person or group of persons on the 
grounds of race, nationality, gender, sexual orientation, disability, 
religion or age.

Clause 51
With this in mind, you must exercise your reasoned opinion in deciding 
whether the venue is suitable for each Live Event. If the Islington 
Assembly Hall Team decides a Live Event contravenes any of the above the 
Live Event will be cancelled and you will not be reimbursed or 
compensated for any inconvenience and/or any detriment arising from the 
cancellation.

The Blockheads have performed over 1000 shows with Gilad (two at 
Islington Assembly Halls already) and have NEVER been a threat to 
anyone.......WE ARE ENTERTAINERS!
We do not hold political rallies.

As an author Gilad has criticised Israeli policy, ideology and identity 
but does not use Blockhead gigs as a platform for his views.

Everyone may not agree with Gilad but , in this country, he is supposed 
to have the right to air his opinions freely and encourage open 
discussion on matters that are important to him.

We feel that Islington Council are enabling the victimisation/harassment 
and discrimination of Gilad by this ILLEGAL ruling and are indeed in 
breach of their own Clause 50.

Mick Gallagher
for and on behalf of THE BLOCKHEADS

To sign a petition in support of Gilad click here

Lodge a formal complaint: https://www.islington.gov.uk/contact-us/comments-and-complaints?status=inprogress

Email: assemblyhall@islington.gov.uk

Contact the Council: +4420 7527 2000

Support Gilad: https://donorbox.org/gilad-needs-additional-support