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Tuesday, November 18, 2008
Taking a stance against Zionism before the world falls apart
By Tariq A. Al-Maeena
At an international conference in London entitled Terrorism: Alternative global perspectives, Alan Hart, the author of Zionism: the Real Enemy of the Jews, said that the United States is supporting Israeli-sponsored terrorism in the Middle East.
Speaking at the conference organized by the Center for the Study of Terrorism (CFSOT) in London to explore the comprehensive effects of the U.S. ‘global war on terror’, he added that the Israeli regime, with blanket approval of Washington, “simply ignores the United Nations resolutions concerning the violation of Palestinians’ rights.”
Hart, a noted British expert on Middle East affairs and a former television executive who once held the post of Controller of BBC One, expressed his alarm at the absolute lack of veracity of the spin machines of the Western media when it came to reporting on Israeli ambitions and atrocities. “The world is poling apart. There is only one way to confront with the double standards of the West and that is informing people about the realities of the history,” he said.
He also noted that for the past six decades since the establishment of Israel, the United States has blocked most anti-Israel resolutions at the UN Security Council, despite the gross and often barbaric human rights violations committed against the Palestinians. The annals of injustice accorded the Palestinians had no such previous parallels, he added.
Referring to the Palestinian-Israeli conflict, he described it as analogous to the long-drawn-out British-Irish conflict in which the British government moved the Scottish people to Northern Ireland to occupy it gradually.
“A similar situation exists in Palestine, where the Jews are occupying Muslim lands,” he said, blaming former British premier Tony Blair’s foreign policy, and his close alliance with U.S. President George W. Bush, for spreading terrorism and extremism across the world.
Urging Muslims to stand against Islamophobia ‘which is currently spreading across the world’, Hart also expressed his concern that Iran is a victim of collusion among the policymakers in Washington, London, and Tel Aviv while “it is constantly targeted by the propaganda war of the U.S. media.”
In his latest book, Zionism: The Real Enemy of the Jews, Hart expands on how such collusion is leading to a clash between civilizations and how it could be prevented. He is a firm believer in the notion that what peacemaking needs above all else is some truth, “about many things but, especially, the difference between Zionist mythology and real history, and, the difference between Judaism and Zionism and thus why it is perfectly possible to be passionately anti-Zionist without being in any way, shape or form anti-Semitic.”
Those who would like to get to the truth behind Middle East politics and understand how the U.S. has gradually fallen from grace among the Arab masses should deeply reflect upon Hart’s words, because his remarks come as no new news to most of us in the region.
A fiercely independent thinker, Hart has held many private conversations with key players on both sides of the conflict including Golda Meir, Shimon Peres, and Yasser Arafat.
During Carter’s presidency, Alan Hart established covert diplomatic maneuvers to help start an exploratory dialogue between Arafat and Peres as the U.S. president found it difficult to advance the peace process by institutional diplomacy because of the Zionist lobby’s awesome influence on American politics and politicians.
When asked if the Israeli lobby would not seek to discredit him as they had done so with many scholars before him when it came to protecting their interests and preventing the truth from being told, Hart replied, “I have three children and, when the world falls apart, I want to be able to look them in the eye and say, ‘Don’t blame me. I tried.’”
Hell, he says, “is when you know that the end of your life is approaching and that you have not used your talents and resources as well as you could have done to make a difference -- i.e. when you realize upon reflection that you have wasted your life. Heaven is contemplation of the approach of death without fear because you know that, on balance, you’ve done your best to make a difference.”
It is an uncompromising statement, one that should be carefully considered