Careful not to find
Prof. AbuKhaliil, the professor of political science at California State University, Stanislaus and visiting professor at UC, Berkeley and all that, has been sneering about an Haaretz report of a Lybian opposition figure who made a statement not totally hateful to Israel. He piles on the corrosive contempt for the very idea in two additional posts * and vouchsafes to his credulous readership that it was all a Zionist fabrication. He, Prof. AbuKhalil, went to much trouble googling "him in several languages a few weeks ago, can only be found in Israeli media. I find it really funny how desperate Zionists are." The man, Ali Shibani, is nowhere to be found except in Israeli media.
Well, I have3 done a little googling myself, and from Abukhalil's own formulations looked for key words: "the Libyan opposition" Israel haaretz, and found this, that led me to this article in Haaretz which seems to be the source for Abukhalil's phoney mirth and guess what I found?
It took me all of 60 seconds to find the proper name of the Lybian opposition figure and to check up on his materiality
"Ahmad Shabani says recognition of Israel by future elected Libyan government is 'very sensitive question. The question is whether Israel will recognize us'."
is not the name the Angry googled and with good cause. As long as he was looking for "Ali Shibani", he could be sure that no such Lybian spokesperson could be found. And it was imperative NOT to find him, or else all those conspiratorial delights about Zionist media manufacturing news would have to be discarded, and we can't have that, can we?
Other sources that seem to suggest that Shabani (sometimes spelled Shebani) exists, alive, kicking and sentient, are:
This, from March 11, 2011:
"EU leaders are set to meet to further discuss the issue on Friday in Brussels. Shabani, the spokesman for the Libyan opposition council, told Al Jazeera that the "legal basis [for an intervention] is clear", and that the UN was ... "
"Ahmad Shabani, a spokesman for the Libyan opposition's national council, told Al Jazeera the opposition was heartened by the move. "We are very happy about that, hopefully it's not late... and hopefully it makes a difference," he said. "
I will say it again, in Hannah Arendt's words:
"the hypocrite's crime is that he bears false witness
against himself... only the hypocrite is really rotten to the
* Looks like these two posts no longer exist on AA's blog. I wonder why. (Checked: September 10, 2011)
"Civilization is not self-supporting. It is artificial. If you are not prepared to concern yourself with the upholding of civilization -- you are done." (Ortega y Gasset)
Thursday, September 01, 2011
Careful not to find