- The Houthis
- Islamic Jihad
Not exactly a list of moderates.
Now we can add one more group to the list of those who are against labeling Hizballah to be terrorist:
Two Arab-Israeli factions that make up the Joint List announced Monday that they condemn the decision of the Gulf states to define Hezbollah as a terrorist organization."rock star" in Haaretz' own words.
The hardline Balad faction said in a statement that "Hezbollah fights against the Israeli offensive against Lebanon, and this decision [to define it as a terrorist organization] serves Israel and the United States."
Balad argued that "no criticism on Hezbollah's involvement in Syria justifies this dangerous decision, which serves Israel and her allies who do not hide their colonialist aspirations in Palestine, Lebanon and the rest of the Arabic homeland."
Hadash, led by Joint List head Ayman Odeh, also condemned the decision, attacking Saudi Arabia for spearheading the effort to blacklist Hezbollah.
"After Saudi Arabia failed in its attempt to harness Lebanese society and political forces against Hezbollah by halting its military aid to Lebanon and after the Syrian people have succeeded in keeping Syria united, comes the decision to label Hezbollah as a terrorist organization that proves that Gulf States are totally loyal to neo-colonialist and Zionist forces, the enemies of Arabs," he said.
And he explicitly supports Hizballah terror against Israel.
I am pretty close to an absolutist for freedom of speech, but Knesset members who actively support groups whose entire purpose is to destroy Israel are not practicing free speech - they are practicing treason.
Will any of the left-wing American Jews who cheered so loudly for Odeh last December stand up and condemn him now? Will the New York Times and other media report on this after they wrote a fawning article about him a few months ago?
Not too likely. Once the media creates a meme, in this case of a pragmatic and moderate Arab politician who wants peace above all, they will be very reluctant to report anything that contradicts their initial reporting, because it makes them look like fools.
Yet here is Odeh, explicitly supporting a US-designated terror group whose goal is the destruction of Israel..
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