Friday, September 16, 2016

  • Friday, September 16, 2016
  • Elder of Ziyon
Ibrahim al-Zaeem, who appears to be a cleric and an intellectual of sorts, wrote an article published in the Huffington Post Arabic where he decries any thought of Arabs accepting Israel in any way.

He starts off by saying that more and more Arabs are tacitly accepting Israel's existence, as a type of realpolitik, since Israel is strong enough that it is not going to be destroyed any time soon.

He says that these Arabs are cozying up to Israel because they believe that it is invincible and it controls the media and the banks. Probably referring to the Gulf states, he says that when they visit Israel it is in the name of tolerance of Islam.

"You fools!" he responds. "Have ye not read about Islam, but you (pretend to) know the ethics of your prophet?"

"Many in the Arab and Islamic nation, and I am one of them, refuse to mention 'Israel' in the abstract but always to mention its aggressive nature. Mentioning 'Israel' without qualification is a betrayal of Palestine! How can some people want the Arab and Muslim conscience to accept the presence of a malignant cancer in the body of the 'umma? How can they want to re-wire the Arab collective mind to deliver a fait accompli (of Israel)? How can we leave our civilization and history and heritage behind us? And for whom - for the 'chosen people!'" Zaeem adds.

He then goes on to say that Israel is quite vulnerable, as the October 1973 war and the terror intifadas and the Gaza wars showed.

Zaeem stresses that he is not against Jews but only Zionists. The only response to Zionism is jihad.

It is better to be defeated militarily that to lose one's soul, which is what the Arabs who accept Israel's existence are doing, Zaeem concludes.

If this Iranian-educated cleric had just spewed his hate in a regular Arab newspaper, this would not be very newsworthy. But for the Huffington Post Arabic to publish this (even with its caveat that it doesn't necessarily agree with the views of its writers) is much more significant - and it says more about HuffPo pushing an Iranian narrative to the Arab world even as mainstream Arabs are starting to accept Israel.





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