Saturday, April 23, 2011

Approved by Angry Arab

I have been watching for some time now the the former free-lance Middle East consultant for NBC News and ABC News and now professor of political science at California State University, Stanislaus and visiting professor at UC, Berkeley, Dr. As’ad AbuKhalil's blog "Angry Arab" and have been somewhat confounded when I tried to figure out whom, or what, he approves.

My curiosity has been laid to rest, with this helpful post:

Money quote:

"Ghassan belongs to the Arab nationalist mold and is a fierce supporter of resistance to Israel. I last saw him last year when he invited me to dinner with Samir Al-Quntar."

Who is this "Samir Al-Quntar"?

"Samir Kuntar (Arabic: سمير القنطار‎, also transcribed Sameer, Kantar, Quntar, Qantar) (born July 20, 1962 in Abey, Lebanon) is a Lebanese Druze murderer and former member of the PLFP. On April 22, 1979, at the age of 16, he participated in the attempted kidnapping of an Israeli family in Nahariya that resulted in the deaths of four Israelis and two of his fellow kidnappers.[1] Kuntar was convicted in an Israeli court for murder of an Israeli policeman, Eliyahu Shahar, 31 year-old Danny Haran, and Haran's 4-year-old daughter, Einat Haran, whom he killed with blunt force against a rock."

So now we know.

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BTW, in an older post the professor from Berkeley narrates Quntar's self-exculpatory tale:

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He again denied the Israeli version of events of what happened back in 1979, when he was 16 years old. He revealed the Maariv the day after his arrest in 1979, reported that the victims in that attack were killed by Israeli gunfire. He said that he was subjected to torture in order for him to agree to the Israeli version of events,"

He was tortured into confessing to smashing the 4 year old girl's head against the rocks.

Sounds familiar?

"The families of the two terrorists who confessed to murdering five members of the Fogel family refuse to believe the two committed the massacre. Hakim Awad's mother, Nawef, claimed that her son was at home the night of the murder and never left the house. "Five months ago Hakim underwent a surgery in his stomach and I'm sure he was tortured and forced into confessing."

No doubt Angry would quote the Palestinian mother without any qualifications, if he had the guts to even mention the horror of the Itamar murders on his blog, which so far he has not.

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"The suspects planned the stabbings days ahead, and made unsuccessful attempts to obtain firearms from a member of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine representative in their village.

The lack of guns did not dissuade the two men from carrying out their plan to murder Jews.

The youths left Awarta on foot, and after a kilometer, decided against using their wire cutter after seeing that the fence had an electric sensor. Instead they climbed over the fence without triggering its alarm, hiked over a forest hilltop, and reached a row of homes in Itamar.

They entered a home adjacent to the Fogel residence, but no one was there. They stole an M-16 rifle from the home, as well as ammunition and body armor, and walked down the street.

The terrorists then saw the Fogel residence, and spotted children sleeping through the window, security forces said.

Immediately after entering the home, the youths set their knives on two brothers sleeping in their beds, four-year-old Elad, and 11-year-old Yoav, killing them both.

They then entered the parents’ bedroom, where they launched a knife attack on Ehud and Ruth Fogel. The parents fought back. During the struggle, one of the suspects used the stolen M-16 to shoot Ruth Fogel dead. Ehud died of his stab wounds during the fight.

The two men left the house, but then they heard three-month-old Hadas crying.

Awoken by the attack, the baby lay in her crib in her parents’ bedroom.

“They went back into the house and stabbed the baby to death,” a security source said.

Two other children were in the home, but were spared because Akim and Amjad did not know they were there."

Amjad later told interrogators that he would have killed them, too, had he known that they were in the house.

After murdering five members of the family, the men walked back to their village, and told Hakim’s uncle, PFLP member Salah Adin Awad, what they had done.
Salah hid their firearms, and instructed them to burn their clothes, which were covered in blood.

The men then returned to their daily life. Meanwhile, Salah sent the murder weapons to a friend in Ramallah, named Jad Avid, who hid them in his home.

“They received much support from family members and friends in their environment,” the security source said.

Six suspected accomplices are also under arrest.
" (J-post)

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Update: The mad professor from Berkeley also seems to approve another one of CC's usual suspects, Rashid Khalidi. Birds of a feather and all that.

Choice quotes:

" Rashid at one point slipped--perhaps--and refferred (sic) to Bill Ayers as "mutual friend" with Obama."

" Thirdly, no: there is no evidence whatsoever that "J-Street" has had any impact: ""They appear to have begun to make some headway." What headway are we talking about here?"


What headway are we talking about here?"

Now that's a question for which I, too, share in AA's curiosity.

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