Abbas, who garnered 60 percent of the vote for President, wrote his doctoral thesis on the topic of Zionist cooperation with the Nazis
I’ve read about this, but don’t know much about it.
As for the interview with Haniyeh on Harry’s Place, as smart as you are, I’m surprised you aren’t more skeptical of the origins of this discussion, as HP is a known hotbed of Islamophobic and vulgar, insipid mindless discussion. I have seen no other links to this interview, nor on the Guardian website, so though I don’t know for certain, I wouldn’t be surprised if it were a fabrication originating over at Harry’s Cesspool.
There won’t ever be an end to the conflict if we wait around for leaders with perfectly spotless records or who never say stupid things
Obviously. Real change usually comes from below, and not from leaders, who are quickly co-opted and are often invested in the status quo. That’s why it isn’t the end of the world when certain individuals are discredited or removed – they do not embody any movement entirely in and of themselves.
Like Berlin, he is accused of not offering an acceptable explanation
I think Berlin’s explanation for this little event is, as I said, plausible. I don’t think one should be ostracized from a movement for simply sharing a video on Facebook. However, I’ve seen little convincing discussion from her about this, and few real arguments – she just didn’t really react in the way you’d think someone would who is trying to clear her name or reputation, it’s pretty thin gruel. I also saw no approval on her part of the recent statement on anti-racism at EI – she could have said a word on it. If she wants to continue with her activities, though, I say more power to her. The problem of conspiracy-mongering and other forms of bigotry are much more subtle and coded to be simply attributed to one act by one person – as someone said, it’s a pattern of activity.
To err is human, to forgive is divine;-)
Fully agree. Like I said, this isn’t really about Greta Berlin, it’s a broader refutation of racism, and a clarification of what the movement is about. That some commenters are trying to portray the whole episode as only about Berlin shows how much they’re totally and utterly missing the point.