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Thursday, January 03, 2013
Khaled Fahmy on Egyptian Jews
Khaled Fahmy provides a careful and fair assessment of Egyptian Jews but he is way off in his references to the Arab nationalist discourse on Arab Jews and clearly confuses Muslim Brotherhood anti-Jewishness with Arab nationalist rhetoric. It is absolutely untrue that Arab nationalist discourse, especially of Nasserism, expressed distrust in the loyalty of Egyptian or Arab Jews. In fact, in the trial of the "Operation Susannah" the Egyptian prosecutor made it clear that the government does not hold Egyptian Jews responsible for the terrorism of the Israeli intelligence service. There are many Arab nationalist discourse from the time which insisted that Arab Jews are Arabs and don't belong to the Zionist movement although one can find anti-Jewish expressions here and there. But Fahmy is way off in conflating the rhetoric of the Muslim Brotherhood with that of the Arab nationalists on this question.
Comic by Terry Furry, reproduced from "Heard the One About the Funny Leftist?" by Cris Thompson, East Bay Express
As'ad AbuKhalil, born March 16, 1960. From Tyre, Lebanon, grew up in Beirut. Received his BA and MA from American University of Beirut in pol sc. Came to US in 1983 and received his PhD in comparative government from Georgetown University. Taught at Tufts University, Georgetown University, George Washington University, Colorado College, and Randolph-Macon Woman's College. Served as a Scholar-in-Residence at Middle East Institute in Washington DC. He served as free-lance Middle East consultant for NBC News and ABC News, an experience that only served to increase his disdain for maintream US media. He is now professor of political science at California State University, Stanislaus. His favorite food is fried eggplants.
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