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As'ad Abukhalil attempt to deny Habash's TRUE 1970 quote

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Submitted by Miguelito (United States), Aug 2, 2020 at 14:38

Leader of the fedayeen: we want a war like the Vietnam war

LIFE Jun 12, 1970, pp. 32-33

... there are only 1,600 or so members. Yet those 1,600, for ill or for good, are attracting the world's attention with acts of terrorism. "Why?" is what I went to ask Dr. Habash. We met at night in the suburbs of Amman, in a building attached to a refugee camp.

The room contained one desk and a few chairs; outside the closed doors, armed fedayeen stood guard

...

Let me explain: the attacks of the Popular Front are based on quality, not quantity. We believe that to kill a Jew far from the battleground has more of an effect than killing 100 of them in battle; it attracts more attention. And when we set fire to a store in London, those few flames are worth the burning down of two kibbutzim...

https://books.google.com/books?id=3FUEAAAAMBAJ&pg=PA32

https://books.google.com/books?id=3FUEAAAAMBAJ&pg=PA33

Long before As'ad Abukhalil, (America's Hezbollah Propagandist and history distorter as John Hajjar analyzed in 'Family Security Matters,' October 17, 2011) in his January 2008 ("angryarab") blog attempted to deny Habash's words, there was already an attempt by the propaganda wing from PFLP and the time.

But Oriana replied:

LIFE - Jul 17, 1970 - Page 19

Oriana Fallaci replies:

"The PFLP's so-called Department of Information (I say 'so-called' because it never showed up during my stay with the fedayeen) evidently ignores the existence of a machine known as a tape recorder. My interview with Dr. Habash was recorded on such a machine. The tape is at his disposal to refresh his memory if he has forgotten, or wants to forget. I would like to believe that Dr. Habash is not informed about this letter of his associates or he would have prevented them from writing so many useless idiocies and senseless insults. Dr. Habash knows .very well that what I wrote was said by him into a microphone.

The word "terrorism" might not have been used often by me. This was out of politeness which I now regret. But J did use the word, and I even commented that when we Europeans were fighting for our freedom we did not kill children or civilians. Dr. Habash did not react in anger; he explained his theory.

"I obviously edit my interviews. But I did not need to edit much in this one because it was good as it was. It opens as it opened. It ends as it ended and it reports faithfully, all that Habash said in a 90 minute interview in English.

The words on the tape are clear, the sound excellent. Mistakes are impossible, except for the pronunciation of the year 1957, which I might have understood as 1967, due to his slight lips. The only thing that the tape did not record is Dr. Habash's tears and his mouth's trembling , a human reaction that helped me to like him a lot. In this I might have been wrong.

"The PFLP's so-called Department of Information also insinuates that I am a fascist. To such vulgarity I will only answer that when Dr. Habash was doing nothing against fascism, and his people were getting along very well with the Nazis, I was a little girl with pigtails fighting fascism in the resistance in Italy. I recall that there were no Palestinian journalists to interview us or to sympathize with us at the risk of their lives."

https://books.google.com/books?id=jVUEAAAAMBAJ&pg=RA1-PA19&dq=%22interview+with+Dr.+Habash+took+place+with+such+a+machine.+The+tape+is+at+his+disposal%22&hl=en

Life - Volume 69, Issues 1-5 - Page 98

https://books.google.com/books?id=ys0aAQAAMAAJ&dq=%22evidently+ignores+the+existence+of+a+machine+known+as+a+tape+recorder%22&

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Related:

As'ad Abukhalil: America's Hezbollah Propagandist

by John Hajjar

Family Security Matters

October 17, 2011

[...]

Distorting history at will, Abukhalil writes that "after General Michel Aoun assumed the presidency of Lebanon in 1988, Phares joined the right-wing coalition known as the Lebanese Front, which consisted of various sectarian groupings and militia. The Front backed Gen. Auon in his struggles against the Syrian regime of Hafez al-Assad and the Muslims of Lebanon."

https://www.meforum.org/campus-watch/19557/asad-abukhalil-america-hezbollah-propagandist

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