August 5, 2020

Lebanese Leader Condemns Prof. Rubin’s Nazis, Islamists Book; British Telegraph Disagrees


Walid Jumblatt

Walid Jumblatt

In his condemnation of the Israeli response to the situation in Gaza, prominent Lebanese politician Walid Jumblatt has spoken out against the late Prof. Barry Rubin and Wolfgang G. Schwanitz’s latest book, Nazis, Islamists, and the Making of the Modern Middle East (Yale University Press:  2014).

From an article in the Lebanese Daily Star:

In response to the book “Nazis, Islamists, and the Making of the Modern Middle East” by Barry Rubin and Wolfgang G. Schwanitz, Jumblatt condemned the authors for forging links between Nazism and Islamism, saying that “the Islamic world has never exercised a systemic burning of Jews the way the west has [done in the past].”

Read the full article here.

In the article, Jumblatt, the most prominent leader of Lebanon’s Druze community, is quoted as calling for “a distinction to be made between rejecting the occupation and the issue of Jewish settlements in an Arabic Palestine.”

Commentator Alan Johnson in the British Telegraph joins in the controversy, sharing a clip of a children’s TV show that he says epitomizes the “eliminationist antisemitism” highlighted by Rubin and Schwanitz in their book.

The profound influence of mid-century Nazism upon today’s Islamists and Jihadis is only now now beginning to be uncovered by historians such as Jeffrey Herf, Matthias Kuentzel, the late Barry Rubin and Wolfgang G. Schwanitz. Perhaps we all need to wake up to it?

The Hamas Charter drips with eliminationist anti-semitism. The video is no aberration.

And tomorrow, Nahoul the bee will be back on air, killing all the Jews.

Read the full article here.

As its experts and critics continue to weigh in, the book continues to assert its relevance on today’s political scene.

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