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SOAS London event dispells ‘simplistic’ view that Hizbullah is a terror group

Cross posted from London-based blogger Richard Millett 

To say that my question “Is this book pro-Hizbollah?” wasn’t well received on Tuesday night at SOAS is an understatement.



I was at the book launch of The Hizbullah Phenomenon: Politics and Communication written by Lina Khatib, Dina Matar and Atef Alshaer.

After I had asked my question Dina Matar said “I knew you were going to ask that” and Lina Khatib waved the book at me and said “Why don’t you read it?”

The book explains how Hizbullah has been successful in staying relevant since its 1982 inception by adapting itself to changing situations and communicating these adaptations through various means such as poetry and social media.

Hizbullah are poets? Who knew.

One can imagine: “To kill a Jew, or not to kill a Jew. That is the question.”

So, according to the authors, Hizbullah’s 1980s narrative was one of “victimisation” to attract Lebanon’s marginalised Shia Muslims.

During the 1990s it was one of “resistance” against Israel and connection with “Palestine”.

From 2000 onwards it was focused on “defence” after Israel had left south Lebanon with Hizbullah disseminating the narrative that the Lebanese army is not strong enough to defend Lebanon from Israel.

Now Hizbullah is back to a “victimisation” theme after being implicated in the murder of former Lebanese Prime Minister Rafiq Hariri and others by the Special Tribunal for Lebanon and also due to its fighting alongside Bashar Assad in Syria.

Dina Matar said that although Hasan Nasrallah has lost some credibility because of Syria he is still popular, and people in the Arab world listen out for his speeches.

She said there’s a sense that Nasrallah is “just like us, he’s approachable, he speaks the language of the people, he’s funny, he jokes and he’s humble in appearance”.

If this is true then it is a sad indictment on the Arab world that with Hasan Nasrallah complicit in the deaths of over 200,000 innocent Syrians he is still thought so highly of.

I wasn’t trying to be controversial when I asked whether this is a pro-Hizbullah book. I was concerned by this comment by Lina Khatib at the beginning of her presentation on the book to the large student audience:

“Books on Hizbullah seek to frame Hizbullah as a terrorist movement. This is primordial. We have evidence to the contrary. But this is the dominant discourse in America.”

Khatib lives in America. One might forgive Americans for thinking such a thing with the murder of 241 of their fellow citizens by Hizbullah in Beirut in 1983.

And what about the 200,000 dead in Syria and Hizbullah’s attacks on the Israeli Embassy in Buenos Aeries in 1992 (29 dead) and on the AMIA building in Buenos Aeries in 1994 (85 dead), the Burghas Airport bombing in Bulgaria in 2012 (6 dead) and Hasan Nasrallah, true to his word of going after Jews worldwide, is now targeting Jews in Peru.

This book is worth reading (if you can stomach the 30 page chapter on Hizbullah poetry) but only with a view to finding out how a modern day Nazi group, totally funded by Iran, continues to hold a beautiful country like Lebanon to ransom while bringing death and destruction both to Lebanon’s citizens and to Syria all with the final objective of destroying Israel and the Jewish people that live there.

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  1. Orwellian academics by Islamist totalitarianism
    And if all others accepted the lie which the Party imposed—if all records told the same tale—then the lie passed into history and became truth. ‘Who controls the past’ ran the Party slogan, ‘controls the future: who controls the present controls the past.’
    Coined for stalinism it fits the islamism.

  2. Hezbollah is Iran’s tool. As we all know too well, Iran does not care about the downtrodden. As its revolution comes up short in every regard except executions.
    Iran is a master of long term subversion. The Persians play the Arabs like a piano. Like the Soviet Union instrumentalized the poor across the globe, so does Iran play the great benefactor. Its aim is too further a Shiite advance to the Mediterranean. Not unlike the German’s, the Iranians are on a mission as a sort of Master Religion/Race.
    I have seen Youtube videos of Hezbollah fighters machine gunning down unarmed civilians and more. Further reading
    Their day will come. Hezbollah will be bled dry through the war in Syria. It is funny watching to fascist camps duel it out. Each claiming to be The One.
    Another boomerang seems to be the good old suicide car bomb which Iran introduced to humanity in Beirut when it leveled the USMC barracks. That war tool is now being used against Hezbollah and its “population”. Oh the irony of it all.
    So Hezbollah is caught in-between Israel, ISIL and the sea.
    It has turned into another proxy war with Iran&Russia on one side and the West on the other

  3. Lina Khatib is the Director of the Carnegie Middle East Center in Beirut ? wtf ?
    She came from Stanford. Another academic pushing fascist ideas ?

  4. Without brave and resourceful Richard Millett few of us would know about what takes place and what is said at anti-Israel/anti-Jewish meetings at SOAS, LSU and other student venues at London University and little-known meetings elsewhere.

    As someone who can barely keep my patience under control at anti-Israel events I feel the greatest respect and gratitude towards Richard Millett who spends so many hours and evenings at such dishonest and depressing events and courageously fights Israel’s corner whenever he gets the opportunity. Thank you Richard Millett.

  5. Here is a link to Lina’s profile at Carnegie
    There are at least two Arab academics in the UK who are ex-PLO. One is at Oxford and is a darling of the chattering classes in London. Tilda Swindon and Bella Freud organize Palestinian fundraisers with these people in attendance.
    In the USA there are equally a number scattered throughout the university system. “Angry Arab” is one blog worth while briefly looking into.