Hezbollah Bans “The Diary of Anne Frank” As Zionist Propaganda

ALeqM5j46FoDeosqkxCkW-i9G797CY2HGQThe good people at Hezbollah are offering the world another insight into extremist thought. The militant group has banned “The Diary of Anne Frank” from schools as Zionist propaganda by focusing on the plight of some Jews. I suppose when you are teaching kids to blow up innocent people, an account of an innocent victim can appear propagandistic.

What is striking is that the censorship occurred not over the book but simple excerpts from the book shown to school children in a private English-language school in western Beirut. That led to a shrill attack from Hezbollah’s Al-Manar television channel, which asked how long Lebanon would “remain an open arena for the Zionist invasion of education.”

Hezbollah MP Hussein Hajj Hassan criticized the school for exposing the children to a story about a suffering Jewish girl: “These respected, established schools are teaching the so-called tragedy this girl lived, and yet they are ashamed to teach the tragedy of the Lebanese people, the tragedy of the Palestinian people… the tragedy of the people of the south under the hands of Zionist occupation.”

Notably, the Lebanese routinely prevent citizens from reading unapproved material through its censorship bureau, which actually blanked out the chapter in this textbook. However, a student purchased a book privately that had the chapter, which was shown to other students.

There is even a committee for “the ban of Zionist products” that called for the removal of the book. Attorney Naim Kalaani of the committee says that showing the book is a crime. What a wonderful role for a lawyer — criminalizing free speech and possession of a classic book.

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36 thoughts on “Hezbollah Bans “The Diary of Anne Frank” As Zionist Propaganda”

  1. “Ok, I agree to disagree. At any rate, do note that Albert Einstein, a Jew, was a eugenicist.”

    John,
    The link between Einstein and eugenics is highly debatable. For these purposes, however, let’s say that there was a link and a strong link. So what? Do you believe that all Jews are respondible for the views of all other Jews? Is there anything I’ve written that implies that if a Jew says something it is always right. Would you find this true of all other ethnic groups, races and religions? What exactly is your point. Mine is that 19th Century Eugenics was a racist misinterpretation of Darwin’s theories, that was picked up and run with by the Nazi’s. If one or a thousand Jews believed in eugenics how would that negate my premise?

  2. “you mean Jews never ever use the Holocaust to justify Israel or shut down criticism of Israel? You never encountered that before? The phrase “never again” is never used by Israelis?”

    Yes of course some Jews have used the Shoah to justify Israel’s existence and perhaps even some government officials, but that has never been the justification for Israel’s existence by Israeli’s. Their justification, which you obviously disagree with, is that they resettled and revitalized the land beginning in the mid 19th Century. Was there a Balfour Declaration, of course, but the return to Israel Movement started by Herzl predates it by many years. As oil became valuable the Brits reneged on Balfour and tried to keep Jews out. Before and after WWII, when Jewish refugees were not allowed into most countries
    Israel became a destination and the population swelled.

    On May 14, 1948, the British Manadte expired and Israel declared itself a State. It was immediately attacked on all sides by stronger forces both in troops and equipment. The US had refused to assist the Israeli’s, but sympathizers smuggled in weaponry from all over the world. The Arab Legion fom Jordan was even run by a British General. The indigenous Arabs living in Israel were asked to stay, but the surrounding Arab nations asked them to leave so they would have a clear path to drive the Jews into the sea.

    Improbably, the Israeli’s prevailed and the Arabs who left were put into concentration camps by their Arab bretheran. Israel has a right to the land by dint of being victorious in battle.People who don’t agree with Israel’s existence use the “Holocaust” mythology for two purposes. One it diminishes the horror of the Shoah, by reducing it to a “realpolitk” excuse and the second is because it is painful for them to admit that a bunch of ill-equipped Jews defeated the “might” of the Arab world.

    “Even Roosevelt in his efforts to justify a Jewish state to King Ibn Saud used the Nazi persecutions to justify it,”

    Roosevelt was long dead prior to 1948 and was only very mildly interested in a “Jewish State.” His conversations with Saud were mainly about oil and the idea of a “Jewish State” was thrown in to pressure Saud re: oil rights. Ibn Saud himself was a usurper whose clan did not come from Saudi Arabia. He took it over by force, with imperialist assistance and maintained it by making a pact with the Wahabiists to embrace their religious beliefs. Saudi Arabia is a Kingdom by conquest, as Israel is a country by conquest. As far as that goes almost every country in the world has gotten its’ start that way. Why should Jews have different rights? Notice I’m not providing moral justification for Israel, in the world of countries morality is a minor issue.
    Though given the way women and ordinary people are treated in the surrounding Arab countries Israel actually rates higher on any impartial moral scale.

    “Or what about the silly attempts to link Palestinians to the Nazis by way of the Mufti?”

    Fact: The Grand Mufti of Jerusalem spent WWII in Berlin as Hitler’s honored guest. Fact he hated Jews. Fact he supported Hitler in WWII. Fact Yassir Arafat, an Egyptian was the Grand Mufti’s nephew and that was one basis of his claim to PLO leadership, even though he had not been born in Palestine.

    “Bottom line, Hezbollah is 100% right to reject this attempt yo impose the “Holocaust/victimhood/right-to-steal-Palestine” line on them, just as thr Palestinians did a few months ago.”

    Bottom line, Hezbollah is allowed to use whatever means and propaganda they want to propel their cause. However, they will never unseat the Israeli’s and will continue to assure their people live in misery if they maintain their militant position. This whole thing can be settled with a viable two-state solution. When Hezbollah and Fatah finally think about the misery of their people and not about the “impossible dream” of driving the Israeli’s in the sea, this could all be worked out.

    If not, Hezbollah’s and Fatah’s people will continue to be used as pawns of suffering by their leaders and their Arab bretheren who just can’t accept Israel’s existence. This despite the fact that every other nation in the Mid East is also an artificial creation brought about by the fall of the Ottoman Empire. If you really want to get down to it the Turks should have it all because historically they held it for the longest time.

  3. “Dar,
    I asked you to name 5 instances backing up your statement. If it was so true I would have thought that to be easy. You weren’t even aqble to name one.”

    What do you mean “5 instances”? How dishonest you are, you mean Jews never ever use the Holocaust to justify Israel or shut down criticism of Israel? You never encountered that before? The phrase “never again” is never used by Israelis? Denying this is like denying that Jews use the mythical “Jewish race” card to justify the theft of Palestine in the first place. I suppose you’ll deny that too?

    Even Roosevelt in his efforts to justify a Jewish state to King Ibn Saud used the Nazi persecutions to justify it, to which the king rightfully responded that they should then be given German lands (something that Jews would no doubt refuse, not to mention the West, because that would be “stealing”, unlike what was done to Palestinians).

    Or what about the silly attempts to link Palestinians to the Nazis by way of the Mufti?

    And on and on it goes.

    Bottom line, Hezbollah is 100% right to reject this attempt yo impose the “Holocaust/victimhood/right-to-steal-Palestine” line on them, just as thr Palestinians did a few months ago.

    When Jews begin to acknowledge that they stole Palestinians land to which they have no right, then maybe teaching about the Holocaust might be fine.

  4. Mike:

    Ok, I agree to disagree. At any rate, do note that Albert Einstein, a Jew, was a eugenicist.

  5. “If you don’t see how the Holocaust is constantly being used to defend Israel, then you’ve been on Planet Zeta-5 too long.”

    Dar,
    I asked you to name 5 instances backing up your statement. If it was so true I would have thought that to be easy. You weren’t even aqble to name one.

    “Did not the Obama Administration fail to ban one Fox News reporter from interviewing Mr. Kenneth Fienberg?”

    John,
    Refusing to do an interview is not “banning” which in the context you used it would mean keeping the network off the air. The Administrations position, which I believe is correct, is not to feed a wholly biased propaganda entity posing as news.

    “Are you suggesting that Israel censors anyone who is supportive of the Palestinians? Do you have any evidence of that, other than anti-Semitism or Political Correctness?”

    WRLO56,
    If you’re younger than 65 then I would suggest I’ve been a Jew longer than you, as well as an ardent supporter of Israel. To support Israel’s right to exist as an independent Jewish State does not mean ignoring the times when they too are guilty of excess, especially when their government is in the hands of a jerk like Bibi. Secondly, you should know that “anti-semitic” is a term developed by people who felt Jews inferior (the eugenecists) and then embraced by the Nazi’s. The correct term would be anti-Jewish, or any vatiation of same that would not use “semitic” which is a bigoted term.

  6. Mike Spindell wrote: In this instance portraying even one Jewish girl in a favorable light upsets the dehumanization. I’ve no doubt that Israeli’s do that as well.

    Are you suggesting that Israel censors anyone who is supportive of the Palestinians? Do you have any evidence of that, other than anti-Semitism or Political Correctness?

    The reality is, there are openly pro-Palestinian organizations, such as B’Tselem, operating in Israel. There are no openly pro-Israel organizations operating in the Palestinian-controlled territories that I’m aware of, and this article convinces me of that.

    Or did I misinterpret your last sentence above?

  7. To Mike Spindell,

    If you don’t see how the Holocaust is constantly being used to defend Israel, then you’ve been on Planet Zeta-5 too long.

    Israel’s founding is almost always related to “persecution in Europe/by the Nazis”, while Israel’s brutality towards the Palestinians is always about “preventing a second holocaust”, and even America’s crazy support for Israel is also often related to the Holocaust.

  8. Mike:

    Did not the Obama Administration fail to ban one Fox News reporter from interviewing Mr. Kenneth Fienberg?

  9. “The Obama Administration bans “Fox News” as Republican propaganda.”

    John,
    Last I looked FOX News is still on cable. Banning them would mean keeping them off cable. You need to be precise in your commentary, lame as it may be. Given that you are probably an avid FOX watcher you’ve absorbed enough of their propaganda to no longer make sense, but it does focus your anger, doesn’t it?

  10. “In any case, they have a right, and the real blame lies with all those crazed Zionist Jews who keep using the Holocaust to justify Israeli crimes.”

    Dar,
    Name five who have made that statement.

  11. And to think Mark Twain was banned at one time. Makes me wonder who is really calling the shot. Last call.

  12. Further proof that mankind has not evolved an inch from the slime that spawned him.

  13. “I suppose when you are teaching kids to blow up innocent people, an account of an innocent victim can appear propagandistic.”

    That THAT was true Zionist propoganda right there.

    In any case, they have a right, and the real blame lies with all those crazed Zionist Jews who keep using the Holocaust to justify Israeli crimes.

    Well, do that and don’t be surprised if your victims don;t want to heart anymore about the Holocaust.

    Good for Lebanon.

  14. All bans on literature have the same intent, the prevention of independent thought through the suppression of ideas. Ultimately, of course, all such bans fail. It is remarkable to me, however, that efforts to effect them continue here and abroad given the extent to which the internet has permeated the world. Religious and political tyrants are simply out of touch if they actually believe they can still control the flow of information.

  15. We have our own militants of the “Party of God” right here in America pushing their agenda of creationism in schools and banning books such as the Harry Potter series!

  16. A foundation of bigotry is the dehumanization of the subject. In this instance portraying even one Jewish girl in a favorable light upsets the dehumanization. I’ve no doubt that Israeli’s do that as well.

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