AFP AUDIO & ARTICLE: Jewish Censorship Falls Flat in The Lone Star State

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A successful Austin, Texas guitarist, who is also an AMERICAN FREE PRESS and BARNES REVIEW reader, recently overcame an attempt by a “fanatical Jewish ethnic campaigner” to completely ruin his career by having his “gigs” canceled, pointing out to the various venues he was to perform at that he held “extreme” views on Adolf Hitler and the “Holocaust.”

Trevor LaBonte, a 36-year-old Wisconsin native, the victim of the vicious smear campaign organized by local Jewish businessman Craig Berlin, who owns and operates Pro-Tape.com in Austin, reached out to world-renowned Israeli-born saxophonist Gilad Atzmon, at the urging of longtime AFP supporter Mark Dankof.

Dave Gahary sat down separately with Trevor and Gilad in this informative interview (36:19).

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Musical Duo Has Israeli Lobby Singing the Blues

World-renowned Israeli-born saxophonist comes to the aid of American musician victimized by vicious smear campaign directed by local businessman, Anti-Defamation League

By Dave Gahary

A successful Austin, Texas guitarist, who is also an AMERICAN FREE PRESS and BARNES REVIEW reader, recently overcame an attempt by a “fanatical Jewish ethnic campaigner” to completely ruin his career by having his “gigs” canceled, pointing out to the various venues he was to perform at that he held “extreme” views on Adolf Hitler and the “Holocaust.”

Trevor LaBonte, a 36-year-old Wisconsin native, the victim of the vicious smear campaign organized by local Jewish businessman Craig Berlin, who owns and operates Pro-Tape.com in Austin, reached out to world-renowned Israeli-born saxophonist Gilad Atzmon, at the urging of longtime AFP supporter Mark Dankof.

This tale is an important one in that it reveals a method for defeating vociferous, arrogant Jews determined to choke the free discussion of topics they find sensitive, by impacting the tradition of free speech in America. It is also illustrative of the fact that today’s youth in America can be quite vocal about having their speech curtailed, and will employ ingenious methods to fight back. Finally, it is evidence that this network of individuals intent on having their speech preserved stretches across the globe.

In order to gain a fuller understanding of this matter, this reporter interviewed Mr. LaBonte and Mr. Atzmon separately.

“I’m a musician that lives in Austin, Texas and I’ve been playing music for a living since about 1999,” began Mr. LaBonte. “I’ve paid all my bills, all my rent, from playing thousands of gigs almost every night in Austin or all over the state of Texas.”

“Starting about a year and a half ago,” he continued, “I started to get fired from all of my gigs. People started calling all of my bands that were hiring me and warning them. It got really bad to the point where they were calling the venues where I was playing and making them cancel my performances, like hours before. I was subjected to this character assassination by a vindictive sociopath just for asking questions that challenge the narrative of ‘the tribe’ and the events of the past 80 years.”

The tribe LaBonte is referring to is international Jewry, who refers to themselves as such, as many are genetically related.

“I met this guy named Craig Berlin on Facebook and he didn’t like what I was saying,” explained LaBonte, “and he…would tell people that I was an anti-Semitic, Holocaust-denying, neo-Nazi. About 10 or 12 Jews were spearheading this movement to make the community hate me.”

LaBonte attended AFP’s Free Speech Conference in Austin last November, and his decision to fight back was inspired there.

“The day that I met you [Dave Gahary] in Austin, I was standing around talking to Mark Dankof and he told me that I ought to contact Gilad Atzmon,” he said. “I would never have thought to pester Gilad; I saw him as this famous musician and philosopher, but because I received the marching orders from Dankof, someone that I really respect, I went straight home and sent a message to Gilad with a couple of [Internet hyper] links of me playing, and I told him I was being blackballed for being anti-Semitic. Within 15 minutes he had written me back and said that I sounded beautiful and that we would play.”

A few months later, Atzmon honored his word.

Atzmon, a jazz artist, saxophonist, composer and author, plays all over the world and writes “extensively about Jewish identity politics and power.”

“I find this subject fascinating and as my readers know,” he said, “I am very, very critical not just of Israel but of this matrix of veiled power that I believe threaten world peace on a daily basis.”

Atzmon is a man of action, not just a big talker.

“I’m not an Israeli anymore and I’m also not a Jew anymore.”

“I got this email from Trevor,” he said. “I get a lot of emails from people who would like to play with me, so I checked him out immediately [on the Internet] and immediately realized that the guy is a wicked player, he’s a really, really good musician; top standard. I wrote to him immediately that I would definitely accept his invitation.”

The two met and LaBonte filled Atzmon in on the specifics.

“I really didn’t understand the scale of the campaign against him,” said Atzmon. “Considering this guy being one of the really best guitar players you have over there, they left [him] without a single job. They intimidated his friends; they put pressure on his family, his girlfriend’s family. I’ve never seen anything like that. I’ve obviously been subject to harassment for 12 or 14 years, but with me they’ve never been that successful. But with Trevor, they managed to isolate him through this intimidation campaign.”

“The show happened and there were no protesters, despite the fact that Berlin tried to organize [one],” said LaBonte. “There was a show the following day that they tried to get canceled too, and this time this was the Anti-Defamation League [who] called. And in this case, the show didn’t get canceled because we had a written contract and the check had already been cashed.”

“I played with Trevor and I had a great time and I took him with me to Houston, and he played with us, and he’s a fabulous player and a fabulous human being,” said Atzmon. “And I lent him as much support as I could.”

When Gilad returned home, he wrote an article on his experiences in Texas.

“Gilad published the name of [Berlin’s] business and the link to their website,” explained LaBonte. “The next day I [found out] that Craig’s phone was ringing. People wanted to know why he thought that he could get away with having this hate campaign against a musician and this character assassination, and called not only him but his employees at the store.”

LaBonte explained his wish for the future.

“If we can stop people like [Berlin], then there won’t be any [negative] consequences for people like us who want to speak the truth.”

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