Gilbert Achcar: "Arabs bear no responsibility for Holocaust"


By richmillett
October 20, 2010
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Gilbert Achcar is Professor of International Relations at SOAS and he has a new book out called The Arabs and the Holocaust: the Arab-Israeli War of Narratives.

He gave a talk about his book on Tuesday to a very receptive audience of 200 students at SOAS.

Just some of his outlandish claims were:

1. The Arabs bear no responsibility at all for the Holocaust.
2. The Israelis have Nazified the Palestinian people.
3. This Nazification has come about by Israel's broadcasting of the Mufti’s connections with Hitler during WW2.
4. The Israelis must apologise for the Nakba if there is to be peace.
5. The Israelis are today still frozen with fear by Holocaust.
6. Any anti-Semitism and Holocaust denial in the Arab world is purely a result of Israel's aggression.

What hope is there when students applaud nonsense like this.

If it wasn't bad enough having Ilan Pappe lecturing students full time at Exeter University his ideological twin is now doing the same at SOAS.

The Arab's had a significant enough role in the Holocaust which makes Gilbert Achcar an Arab-role-in-the-Holocaust-denier.

One godsend is that book's cover price is £25, which would better be invested in the SOAS bar than 400 pages of unadulterated propaganda.

http://richardmillett.wordpress.com/2010/10/20/arabs-and-israelis-facing...

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Avraham Reiss

Thu, 10/21/2010 - 06:20

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"5. The Israelis are today still frozen with fear by Holocaust."

- "frozen with fear"? - It's our greatest motivation to action.

"6. Any anti-Semitism and Holocaust denial in the Arab world is purely a result of Israel's aggression"

- yeah, right; in 1948 a strong Israel invaded 7 Arab countries ...

I wonder where this guy buys his mushrooms; I could use a pound or two.


Anthony Posner

Thu, 10/21/2010 - 06:24

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Richard,
Well done for having the resilience to report on what is going on at SOAS. But it is very depressing. So many politics and international relations depts in British universities now seem to be offshoots of Tehran University. And to think that The UK taxpayer is forking out for this propaganda.


Anthony Posner

Thu, 10/21/2010 - 07:01

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It is worth checking out the academc provenance of Gilbert Achcar.

Author with Noam Chomsky, Perilous Power. The Middle East and U.S. Foreign Policy, 2007 and 2008.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gilbert_Achcar

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