Tuesday, September 12, 2017

UK: Abdel Bari Atwan and the Palestine Solidarity Campaign

Via Harry's Place (Habibi):
The self-styled Palestine Solidarity Campaign (PSC) is actually a hate campaign. In particular, proponents of the most extreme violence are very welcome at its events. Come speak to us!

The latest is the journalist Abdel Bari Atwan. He will speak at a PSC event in Brighton on 14 September. Note how the PSC advertise the meeting:

He has also said ’Palestinians tried the “peace process”…now we should go back to square one, which means resistance’.
Dancing for War 
This is how bad it gets. In a discussion of the Iranian nuclear programme, Mr Atwan turns to Israel: 
If the Iranian missiles strike Israel, by Allah, I will go to Trafalgar Square and dance with delight if the Iranian missiles strike Israel. 

Osama bin Laden – Only “Half a Terrorist”  
Don’t be too harsh on Osama Bin Laden, like the Americans: 
Interviewer: That was back then, but now, in 2013, do you consider Bin Laden a terrorist?
Abd Al-Bari Atwan: As I’ve said, the Americans consider him a terrorist…
Interviewer: Do you, Abd Al-Bari Atwan, consider Bin Laden a terrorist?
Abd Al-Bari Atwan: He was half a terrorist. He was fighting for some causes…
Interviewer: But in general, do you consider him a terrorist?
Abd Al-Bari Atwan: When he was fighting the U.S., trying to drive its forces out of the Arabian Peninsula, he was not a terrorist. This is my view. [...] Whoever fights America and its enterprise in the region, and whoever fights Israel and the American occupation, is not considered a terrorist by me.
Actually, consider bin Laden’s achievements
The events of 11 September will be remembered as the end of the US empire. This is because all empires collapse when they pursue the arrogance of power.
What Do You Call a Child Murderer? 
In 1997 Jordanian soldier Ahmed Daqamseh shot dead seven Israeli schoolgirls on a field trip to Naharayim. The Jordanian authorities arrested and prosecuted him. He was sentenced to 20 years in prison. He was released earlier this year. 
How to describe such a monster? As a “beacon” and a “hero”, that’s how. When Daqamseh was released, Atwan said
“The entire Arab nation is celebrating (Daqamseh’s release), not just the Jordanians. The vast majority of this nation considers Ahmed Daqamseh a national hero, an Islamic hero, and an Arab hero, in the full sense of the word. That man defended the honor of the Jordanian land and of the Arab nation, after he was subjected to the mockery of (Israeli) girls. [...] 
“That man has become a symbol in the full sense of the word. He has become a beacon for many people, who yearn for the good old Arab days, when pan-Arab sentiments still existed, and most Arab regimes still considered Israel to be the enemy.”
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