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Reader comment on item: Walid Shoebat: "Palestinian turns from radical Muslim to true Zionist"
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Submitted by Nate (United States), Dec 2, 2006 at 20:55

I stumbled across these posts searching to see what other people were saying about Walid Shoebat. I think the good folks here have helped me make up my mind.

It seems that Walid's defenders are the purposely misinformed types who make laughable statements such as Kristin's "The Muslims HATE Jews, and Jews only respond in self-defense."

Another advocate for Walid Shoebat, David Isecke, even promoted "From Time Immemorial" by Joan Peters, as get this, "the definitive history" of the Israeli/Palestinian conflict. As David would have readers believe, Joan Peters was similar to Walid Shoebat in that she started out rabidly pro Palestinian but the "facts" changed her mind. Apparentlly, she set out to write a book "sympathetic to the Palestinian narrative". But during "years" of research, she came to the "realization" that the Palestinian narrative is without merit. Seriously, give me a break! I guess I am just a little bit too informed to buy into the moronic nonsense being passed off by the likes of David, Kristen, and probably the majority of posters here. But don't take my word for it, This is what Mr. Daniel Pipes himself thinks about the book "From Time Immemorial"…

Most early reviewers, including myself, focused on the substance of Miss Peters's central thesis; the later reviewers, in contrast, emphasized the faults--technical, historical, and literary--in Miss Peters's book.

I would not dispute the existence of those faults. From Time Immemorial quotes carelessly, uses statistics sloppily, and ignores inconvenient facts. Much of the book is irrelevant to Miss Peters's central thesis. The author's linguistic and scholarly abilities are open to question. Excessive use of quotation marks, eccentric footnotes, and a polemical, somewhat hysterical undertone mar the book. In short, From Time Immemorial stands out as an appallingly crafted book. [http://www.nybooks.com/articles/5172]

I'm sorry; I consider myself a fair minded person and if those that vouch for Walid Shoebat display such ignorance, please count me among his detractors.

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