Fisk on Fadlallah

 Robert Fisk’s commentary on CNN’s firing of Octavia Nasr for a tweet praising Grand Ayatollah Sayyed Mohammed Hussein Fadlallah (who died this week):

Poor old CNN goes on getting more cowardly by the hour. That’s why no one cares about it any more. That can’t be said about Fadlallah. The Americans put it about that he had blessed the suicide bomber who struck the US marine base in Beirut in 1983, killing 241 service personnel. Fadlallah always denied this to me and I believe him. Suicide bombers, however insane we regard them, don’t need to be blessed; they think they are doing God’s duty without any help from a marja like Fadlallah. But anyway, Washington used Saudi money to arrange a car bombing to assassinate Fadlallah in 1985. It missed Fadlallah. But it killed more than 80 innocent people.


And now it turns out that the British ambassador to Lebanon, Frances Guy, has written on her personal blog that Fadlallah was a man she respected and most enjoyed meeting in Lebanon. What possesses these personalities to have blogapops all over the place I have no idea. But Ms Guy has incurred the anger of the Israeli foreign ministry, whose spokesman says it would be “interesting” to know what the British Foreign Office thinks of her remarks. Personally, I would be far more “interested” in what the Israeli foreign ministry knows of the British passports its government forged in order to murder a man in Dubai not many months ago. or or

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  1. From the (London) Sunday Times, 25.07.10, News Review section, p11: ‘Mad about the goy’

    Israel A Palestinian man was convicted of rape on Monday after having consensual sex with a woman who thought he was a fellow Jew. Sabbar Kashur, 30, from East Jerusalem, was sentenced to 18 months in jail for ‘rape by deception.’

    According to the indictment, Kashur met the woman and presented himself as a Jewish bachelor looking for a serious relationship. They then had consensual sex. It was only after she found out that he was an Arab that she filed a complaint. The judges concluded: ‘If she hadn’t thought the accused was a Jewish bachelor […] she would not have cooperated.’ Kashur’s lawyers say he will appeal against the sentence.

  2. Re. the “rape” by deception… We Americans have been here before:

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    This is not about sex or rape or quaint quasi-Christian/Taliban/Jewish/Muslim notions of female “ownership” that are the stuff of high-brow cocktail-party palaver.

    This was a deliberate demonstration by Israel’s ruling class of their racial superiority (or purity) over a subjugated Arab (i.e., inferior/unclean/untouchable) caste who must always be reminded of their menial place in the proper order of things.

    Substitute a black man for the Arab in this case, a white woman for the Jewess, and the Israeli courts for the Klan. The situation is identical. This is not a topic for levity unless you find humor in strange fruit hanging. Our silence these last sixty years damns us all, but we are not allowed to speak of such things lest it be whispered that we are anti-Semites.

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