Monday, December 24, 2007

Thought of the Day

I wish all readers a happy Eid el Adha, a merry Christmas, a happy New Year and a happy whichever Jewish holiday that falls about this time (I couldn't reach my rabbi friend to tell me what holiday Jews are celebrating). May we all enjoy peace in the coming year.

Friday, December 14, 2007

Thought of the Day

I went hunting the other day with two Lebanese friends, doctors by profession. During a conversation over dinner they seemed to agree that medicine in the U.S. is years ahead of Europe and the rest of the world. This must be true as the doctors discussed matters within their field of expertise. Still, I wonder how can American doctors tell if George W. Bush suddenly fell victim to Alzheimer's disease

Monday, December 10, 2007

Anti-Semitic Jihad-2

I went to court in England both as plaintiff and defendant over libel related to my work as a journalist and won both cases. In 1997 I won against the Israeli ambassador whose complaint was dismissed by the Press Council, the precursor of the Press Complaints Commission. I admit that I have never enjoyed being in a court of law and this includes several appearances in Lebanon where I won and lost cases against state prosecutors although sentences were never carried out. Still, I invite any interested person or party to see me in court over accusation of anti-Semitism detailed in my column yesterday.
If nothing else, a case before the London courts would force me into extensive research and the material would be enough to write another book about the warmongers and Israel apologists in and around the Bush administration.
The accusation of anti-Semitism surprised me because I always thought of myself as a champion of inter-faith dialogue. I joined the effort of Prince Charles and Prince Hassan of Jordan through Oxford University and then the work of Prince Charles and Prince Turki Al-Faisal. In Davos, I am a founding member of the Muslim-Western dialogue at the World Economic Forum, first under Lord Carey, the former archbishop of Canterbury, and Prince Turki and now under Lord Carey and Princess Lulua, sister of Prince Turki. Last year, I went to Istanbul to attend an international conference on inter-faith dialogue and rapprochement. And I spoke at the House of Lords on 30/11/06 about the many Israeli organisations that support Palestinian rights, including women and rabbis. My presentation was under the heading “Arabs and Jews”.
Since 9/11 I have written over 2200 articles, some attacking the warmongers, but have always underlined that a majority of Jews everywhere is peace-loving. I have this opinion of Jews, and I hope it is not anti-Semitic, that a good Jew is the best person in the world, and a bad Jew is the worst.
In my book, James Wolfensohn is a good Jew and so are George Soros, Norman Finkelstein, Noam Chomsky, Uri Avnery, Seymor Hersch and Ilan Pape. Among the worst are Paul Wolfowitz, Douglas Feith, Lewis Libby, Alan Dershowitz, David Horowitz, Daniel Pipes, Michael Ledeen, Norman Podhoretz and the Decter clan, to name only a few.
Not all Jews are the best or the worst. Like all other people, most of them are somewhere in between. At the Washington Post my favourite columnists are David Ignatius and Richard Cohen. I despise Charles Krauthammer. At the New York Times, Thomas Freedman is among my favourite writers (I am only talking about Jewish writers here) although many Arabs criticize him. Tom does not need a good conduct certificate from me or anyone else but I mention him because he is the kind of American Jew with whom you can disagree and still know that he wants peace and that you can make a fair deal with him.
People of this kind include Dennis Ross and Aaron miller from the Clinton administration. The former went to the Washington Institute and the latter to the Seeds of Peace. This translates that Miller is more entrenched in the peace camp than Ross. But Ross worked for peace and his writings on the subject cannot be faulted. Still, my favourite from that period is Daniel Kurtzer.
I’ll break the name dropping, or name calling, now to tell a story. I used to refer to the Jews in the Clinton Middle East team as the rabbis of the State Department in the hope that they would act in an “American” way and prove me wrong. Then I met Aaron Miller at an economic conference in Casablanca and he complained that I criticised him because of his religion. I denied the charge but later dropped the reference to the “rabbis” as I had no intention of insulting the Clinton team.
Back to anti-Semitism. On the subject of the Holocaust I lead the Arab field in insisting that six million Jews did perish. I have chastised Arabs who deny the Holocaust. I told them that they were denying a crime they did not commit, and defending the Christian West which not only killed the Jews but sent the survivors to us so that they don’t stay there to remind the Europeans of their guilt. I attacked the revisionist historian David Irving during his two court appearances in London and Vienna, and also when he was invited to speak at Oxford University last month.
The above is on record. I wrote most of it the time it happened. But my best achievement in the context of Arabs and Jews came in the summer of 2003 when Abu Mazen was appointed Palestinian prime minister. At his request I played the go-between with Khaled Mashaal of Hamas and went to Damascus three times, at my own expense and in my own time, and we finally got a ceasefire which the Isalmist groups called a calming period. On June 29, 2003 while driving my family back to London from the country Mr. Mashaal phoned me and said: Mabrook (congratulations). You want a ceasefire and we’ve got you one. Then he began to read me the joint announcement with Islamic Jihad. That ceasefire lasted until about the middle of August, or some six weeks. If one considers the number of Palestinian and Israeli deaths in six weeks preceding and following the ceasefire, he can work out the number of lives saved and my role in saving them.
If I have to make one complaint against the Likudniks and warmongers in and around the Bush administration it is that their extremist policies are denying the Israelis and Palestinians the chance of ending the conflict. In this sense they are accessory to murder; I am a party to life.
Let’s see each other in court.

Jihad Khazen

Anti-Semitic Jihad

I must have hit a nerve in my persistent campaign against the warmongers in and around the U.S. administration. Extremist and pro-Israeli internet sites and groups have published an article by Jonathan Schanzer, director of policy for the Jewish Policy Center, accusing me of anti-Semitism. I first thought that the title Anti-Semitic Jihad referred to Jihad as in holy war but it turned out to be my given name. I should be grateful for a Schanzer from a Jewish centre for attacking me; in certain Arab quarters this could be seen as a medal on my chest. I don’t see it that way. The egregious insult deserves a reply and the writer provides the right way of doing it. After asking if I am guilty of hate speech, he ends his article by saying: Last year, Home Secretary David Blunkett made the inciting of religious hatred a criminal offence. Al Khazen columns may qualify.
Good. I hereby throw down the gauntlet. The Jewish Policy Center or any such group is invited to take me to court in London and let English justice decide if I am an anti-semite or a champion of inter-faith dialogue and defender of the Jews. I am telling the accusers that they either put up or shut up.
The accusation is a blatant attempt at intimidation and I could have ignored it. But it annoyed me because, modesty aside, I don’t know of any other Arab writer or journalist who has defended the Jews more than I have done over the last two decades, but especially since the 9/11 atrocity. I attack the Likudniks and Israel apologists but I claim that they do not represent the Jewish people, either in the U.S. or Israel. This is a refrain in all my columns on the subject. I have also said that George W. Bush would have never seen office if the national trend reflected the voting of the liberal and centrist Jews of whom 80 per cent voted against him…twice, and that every survey of public opinion in Israel has shown a majority in favour of peace with the Palestinians. It is only the Schanzer types that I attack.
My view is that there is a war party in the Bush administration led by Vice President Dick Cheney and made up of two distinct groups. The first includes Cheney, Donald Rumsfeld and others who dream of an American empire ruling the world, or a neo-imperialism which, incidentally, is the exact view of Church of England’s Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr. Rowan Williams, and the second is made up of extremist American Jews, like Elliot Abrams, who represent Israel, rather than American interests, and this is again the view of the New York Times in an article be Helene Cooper on Oct, 10, 2006.
The so-called Cheney task force considered controlling Iraqi oil months before 9/11. This is supported by uncontested documentary evidence.
The warmongering Likudniks commit two crimes. First, they encourage extremist elements in Israel to oppose peace with the Palestinians, thus prolonging the suffering of the two peoples (there is enough ground here to accuse them of anti-semitism as they become party to the death of Jews), and second by providing a pretext to terrorists and extremist among Arabs and Muslims who justify their crimes by the crimes of the other side against their people.
The likudniks cannot escape the fact that they support a state in occupation of other people’s land for 40 years in defiance of U.N. Security Council resolutions and, more to the point, cannot escape the numbers. According to B’Tselem, the Israeli Information Centre for Human Rights in the Occupied Territories, between 29/9/2000 and 30/11/2007 Israel killed 866 Palestinian minors (under 15) as opposed to 119 Israeli minors killed by the Palestinians in the same period. Israel is seven times more terrorist than all the Palestinian groups.
And it is just not Palestine. The warmongers led the campaign for war against Iraq; the role of Paul Wolfowitz and Douglas Feith in the Pentagon’s Office of Special Plans cannot be overemphasized. The war might not have been possible without the alternative, and absolutely fabricated, intelligence provided by the pro-Israeli cabal. A million Iraqis and over 4000 American and allied troops would have been alive today had it not been for the big lie. Even after Iraq was shown to have no nuclear programme or a relationship with Al Qaeda, even after the death and destruction of the country, Senator Joe Lieberman and extremists of his ilk continue to support the war. Why not? Only Arabs and Muslim are being killed, along with a few Americans sacrificed by so-called Americans on the altar of Israeli security.
The warmongers are now agitating for war against Iran which can never threaten the U.S., a fact as solid as saying that the sun rises from the East. The column against me is unfortunate in the fact that it was written before the publication on Dec.3 of the National Intelligence Estimate which said that Iran stopped its military programme in 2003. So the column continues to warn of Iran’s danger and “history of violence and terror” that the reader might think that Iran invaded Mexico and killed a million innocent people there. To be continued.

Jihad Khazen

Thursday, December 06, 2007

On anti-Semitism

I have written a reply in two parts answering an accusation of anti-Semitism from right wing warmongering extremists. It will be published in my newspaper Al Hayat Monday and Tuesday, Dec. 10 and 11, and a transaltion of the two parts will be on my blog from Monday. I hope viewers, especially of the Jewish faith, would read them