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Wednesday, September 07, 2016
This man is not known to many but he is very known to a few in Lebanon. Mahmud Sfayr is the first commander of a resistance front against Israeli occupation troops. On March 22, 1978, in the wake of Israeli invasion of Lebanon, revolutionary leftists in Lebanon formed the Popular Resistance Front for the Liberation of the South from Occupation and Fascism. He was its first commander (this was prior to the Resistance Front formed by Lebanese Communist Party and Communist Action Organization and Socialist Arab Action Party-Lebanon in September 1982). Safayr was unassuming and modest and did not carry himself like a military commander. I ran into him a few years ago when I gave a talk at Tadamun Club in Tyre. Someone told me: did you know that this was Mahmud Sfayr? I did not know and went up to him and talked to him. When the left declined in Lebanon, Mahmud retired and drove a cab. There are many stories of pure and uncorrupt revolutionaries like Mahmud Sfayr. He was liked and respected. My condolences to his family and comrades--those who are alive and those who are martyrs.
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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