I first learned of Gilad Atzmon through his music, hearing him play at the Jamboree in Barcelona. I have since managed to get to another concert - this time in London - and have his CDs on my iPoD. I have also learned to be careful with his music - a die-hard Israel-supporting acquaintance stormed out of a party simply because I put on Atzmon. A colleague told me that there were Jewish homes in London where even images of his CDs are considered non-kosher (in Arabic, I suppose that would be haram).
Sad that his voice is blocked out so willfully by Israel's mindless cheerleaders. As a born-and-bred Israeli, he ought to be heard. His experiences growing up in that country and serving in its military have shaped his views. And those very views make him unacceptable in his country of birth as well as amongst its supporters overseas.
And that is why his analysis of the current Gaza situation is poignant, astute and Cassandra-like.
But then prophets have always been ignored by their own people!