Sunday, February 15, 2015

What unites the Arabs? This editor knows - and brotherhood and goodwill have little to do with it

...At various times, we have republished here various offensive, racist and/or hate-based statements attributed to Atwan over a period of years. The problem, naturally, is not that a loathsome man with hateful views exists, or even that he is active in London and Europe, or that people want to hear him. It's that those noxious views of his continue to be aired via public platforms and in respectable places as commentary, as if he were some sort of objective voice, free of passionate involvement on one side of the conflict he interprets. We're baffled by that.

September 2013: Atwan, the strategic
commentator, bemoaning 
a reversal
 in a strategic Arab position [
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Arnold/Frimet Roth..
This Ongoing War..
15 February '15..

To put the quote below into a meaningful context, readers ought to take a quick look at "18-Oct-12: This is not an attack on Abdel Bari Atwan", a post we published here after a string of earlier reflections on Atwan and his output. And perhaps this too: "4-Dec-10: Should this man be accorded the respect due to an objective, professional journalist?"

He is quoted again today by the good people at MEMRI who provide an invaluable service translating Arabic media content into English and thereby helping people who wish things were different to understand how things actually are.

Speaking on the Lebanese Mayadeen TV channel on January 31, 2015, Abd Al-Bari Atwan, recently-retired editor-in-chief of the London-based newspaper "Al-Quds Al Arabi," said:

In my view, Jihad must be directed, first and foremost, against the Israeli enemy. This is the enemy about which there is a consensus. Arabs who do not think that Israel is an enemy are neither Arabs nor Muslims. Our compass must point toward that enemy. All our guns must be turned toward that enemy, regardless of our differences, because this is the only thing that unites us. [Transcript here; Arabic-language video source here]


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1 comment:

  1. It's the only thing that unites the forces of evil, he ought to say.