Thursday, September 01, 2011

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)



At 5:08 AM EDT, Blogger SnoopyTheGoon said...

Oy, Noga, Noga...

At 9:09 AM EDT, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Just wanted to let you know that the election for NY9th to replace the Weiner is now a dead heat.
NY9th has been Democratic since 1922, and it is now a dead heat. Apparently the most Jewish CD (29% of voters) in the USA.

You will like this video from ECI:

from the NY Daily News political blog, quoting Noah Pollak:
"We wanted to give credit to Turner, Weprin, Ed Koch, and everyone who has done the right thing by standing up to Obama's awful treatment of Israel. It takes a special kind of President to unify Republicans and Democrats against him. Obama has seemingly done the impossible," [Emergency Committee for Israel] spox Noah Pollak said.

Cheered me up. Results in by Sept 14.



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